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Julie Jonker - SecretaryJulie Jonker, Secretary/Coordinator

Julie Jonker is a former dairy farmer now living in Waipu, south of Whangarei. She is chair of the Northland Agricultural Forum and has been part of the Northland RST since 2008.

Board of Trustees

  • Lindsay Wells
    Chair - Horticulture
    Kamo, Whangarei
  • Julie Jonker
    Secretary/Coordinator
    Waipu
  • Libby Jones
    Trustee - Farming, rural health
    Paparoa
  • Julie Gregson
    Assistant Co-ordinator - Adverse events
    Kamo, Whangarei
  • Hazel McMillan
    Trustee - Farming
    Okaihau
  • Trevor Osbaldiston
    Treasurer - Rural accounting
    Whangarei
  • Jim Rhynd Deputy Chair - Farming Tangiteroria

  • Kate Alexander
    Trustee
    Urquharts Bay, Whangarei
  • Louise Giltrap Trustee - Farming Kerikeri

News & Alerts

When farmland is flooded by seawater

Coastal North Island New Year storms

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?

  • The impact will depend on how long the crop or pasture is covered by seawater. If it’s only for a short time – up to 48 hours – and gets good rainfall, grasses should bounce back. 
  • Rain is needed to wash the salt away. It’s likely the saltwater was diluted by the rains during the storm which measured up to 70mm.
  • The last similar event in the areas was 15 July 1995. This was during winter, there was plenty of rain to wash out, and pasture recovered well over a three month period.

 

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Early dry classified as medium-scale adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/early-dry-declared-adverse-event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event. 

The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions. 

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Monitoring the dry

What is being done and what we can do

Friday, December 22, 2017

Author: Julie Jonker
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One of these things is not like the other

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.

MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.  

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Donations

We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue supporting our Rural Families.

You can make a donation in the following ways:

Bank Transfer:
BNZ Whangarei, 02-0492-0084131-00, ref: Donation

For a receipt: P O Box 77, Whangarei 0140