Our People

Talking to our Trust early can help to make issues less overwhelming and keep them under control. If you or someone you know in the rural community needs help please call us immediately. Our phone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Rural Support Trust Office
15 Young Street
New Plymouth
trst@outlook.co.nz

We have dedicated support personnel who are available to assist and are just a phone call away.

Or alternatively you can complete our contact form.

Marcia Paurini 

Coordinator

022 679 0120

 trst@outlook.co.nz

Motueka tobacco girl - born and bred. Bank of NZ 7 years; Inland Revenue Manager and Team Leader 25 years

 

Board of Trustees

Mike Green

Chair

Mike is experienced in the agriculture industry through roles at PGGWrightsons, RD1.

Mike is currently a Fonterra Area Manager for Ward 19. 

   

 

Graeme Hight

Trustee

Graeme previously held roles as Federated Farmers Executive holding the Dairy portfolio.

He has been a Trustee since the Trust's inception in 2007 and has retired from his farm at Toko. 

 
 

Joe Clough 

Trustee

Joe works for PGG Wrightsons and has a prominent role in dairy research and development on the regions' farms, particularly the Wamate West Demonstration Farm.

He is Chair of Civil Defence Rural Advisory Group and MPI liaison during Adverse Events. 

 

Donna Greenlees

Trustee

Donna is an Advisory Partner at BDO Taranaki and has a passion for supporting people develop small business and rural accounting. 

Donna is Financial Officer for the Trust

 

 

Peter Ayles

Trustee

Peter has farmed all his life in Taranaki for both Dairy and Sheep and Beef.

He has a passion for the Jersey breed.

 

 

Image result for bronwyn muirBronwyn Muir 

Trustee

Bronwyn is partner on two Dairy Farms and Director of On Farm Safety in Stratford.

She is dedicated to helping farmers and workers being safe on farm and holds strong networks through her role as Provincial President of Federated Farmers. She currently holds the role as Past President.

News & Alerts

Preparing for Gita

Monday, February 19, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Forecasting weather is a tricky one. Luckily we have Chris Brandelino from NIWA updating New Zealand on what to expect as of this morning:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101550169/preparing-for-cyclone-gita 

So now's the time to prepare:

 

Before a flood or storm

* Find out from your local council, neighbours, etc, if your property is at risk from flooding and plan accordingly

* Check your insurance cover details

* Fill vehicles’ tanks

* Have a smartphone you can charge in the car

* Store bailage/hay in areas not prone to flooding

* Ensure trees posing a hazard are trimmed (over houses, sheds, boundary fences)

* Store anything that is likely to be blown around, or tie down bigger items like trampolines

* Have a plan and trigger points to make decisions without waiting for official advice.

* Move animals, equipment and feed to higher ground.

* If you have a generator, make sure it’s accessible and ready to go.

*Clear drains and gutters

*Clear debris from waterways

* Have a household emergency kit including food, water, clothing, first aid, torch, cash, and a battery-powered radio

 

During a flood or storm

* The safety of you, your family, and your workers comes first.

* Listen to your local radio stations for official updates.

* Ensure stock have safety, shelter and water, and can't wander. Are electric fences working?

* Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges. Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities to help prevent damage.

* Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless it is absolutely essential.

* Treat all lines as live. Check power and phones and report outages.

* Check dogs, poultry and pets.

* Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

* Check buildings at risk, secure feed stacks.

* Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention.

 

Useful sites and numbers:

* Civil Defence website https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

* Your local Rural Support Trust to update your information or ask for help 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254)  www.rural-support.org.nz

* Your local council website and facebook page

*Animal welfare https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/animals-in-emergencies/  

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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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