If you need help or know of a rural family needing help, call us on 0800 787 254, or contact us using the online form below:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
As the winter weather is making itself felt, most recently with tornadoes in Taranaki and Ruapehu, please stay safe and travel only if absolutely necessary.
Treat all lines as live and report power outages to your supplier.
Please ask for assistance if you need it, and keep an eye on your neighbours.
For updates at this stage please refer to https://www.facebook.com/TaranakiCivilDefence/ and https://www.facebook.com/ruapehudc/
Weather updates http://www.metservice.com/national/home.
Pic below of unoccupied home, taken from Ruapehu District Council facebook page.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Taranaki, Ruapehu-Whanganui, North Canterbury
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/rural-assistance-lower-north-island-and-west-coast-drought-2018.html including Rural Assistance Payments.
Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.
Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families https://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/ so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.
Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members: https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx
MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has extended the medium-scale adverse event classification to the drought-hit Grey and Buller districts of the South Island’s West Coast.
These are the first South Island additions to the medium-scale event, which was announced for regions of the lower North Island just before Christmas.
Categories: National, Taranaki, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer that has turned hot and dry sooner than usual.
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor said today that the latest information from NIWA and industry bodies makes it clear that while farmers are generally coping through this early dry spell, rain over the next few weeks cannot be relied upon.
Categories: National, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland