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

Drought tax relief measures

Tax relief and support measures extended to farmers in medium-scale drought areas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tax-relief-drought-affected-farmers

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/further-support-struggling-farmers.

 

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.

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Protecting your farm from Mycoplasma bovis in drought-affected areas

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

With a number of farms in drought-affected areas, there is concern about the movement of animals for grazing or getting in supplementary feed from other regions.

The pdf has advice for keeping your farm safe. More infomrmation is available on MPI's website https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/#whatucando

 

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Drought classification extends to Grey and Buller

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/drought-classification-extends-grey-and-buller

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

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.

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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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