Our People

Lyn Neeson - Co-ordinator Chair 2012Lyn Neeson

Trustee / Co-ordinator Chair 2012

Lyn and her husband Alex, farm Paparata Romney ewes and Mt Mable Angus cattle on 1300 hectares effective of steep hill country at the junction of the Ohura and Whanganui Rivers. Lyn is also a trained primary school teacher with a BA, New Zealand history.

Lyn has hands-on experience with the unique problems associated with living in an isolated location at the end of an 18km road, prone to floods and slips. As President of Ruapehu Federated Farmers for two years, with prior input as meat and fibre Chairperson, she has extensive experience in farming politics. She knows that "family farming" not only underpins New Zealand's rural history - it's also what sells our products.

Freephone: 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
Phone: (07) 893 8547
Email: alyn@xtra.co.nz

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Our Trustees

  • Linda Mackinder
    Rural Support Trustee / Chair
  • Harry Matthews
    Rural Support Trustee / Deputy Chair
  • Tarn Chisholm
    Rural Support Trustee / Facilitator Whanganui
  • Brian Doughty
    Rural Support Trustee - Whanganui
  • Lyn Neeson
    Rural Support Trustee / Co-ordinator - Ruapehu

News & Alerts

Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 2pm, Monday 24 April

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Outreach visits to farms and orchards started Monday 17th April and will continue through this week. Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for personal help.

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505
  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869
  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969
  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568
  • Open Country suppliers call 021 860 515

If you’re worried about lost pets due to storms and flooding in the Whakatane region contact the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 306 0500

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/farm-earthquake-recovery-initiative-launches

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Velvetleaf Biosecurity Alert

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.

However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.

If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.

If you find velvetleaf:

  • Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
  • Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
  • Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
  • Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
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If you would like to make a donation to support the Ruapehu-Whanganui Rural Support Trust, our bank account number is:

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