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

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For 'forward trace' farms in Taranaki

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Minister O'Connor's update on dry conditions

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/govt-closely-watching-dry-conditions

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

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.

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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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Dry summer support

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author: Marcia

The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week.

Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale.

What farmers need to do now

Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of current conditions and warm temperatures driving high evapotranspiration. It will take significant rainfall to slow down or reverse the dry conditions. 

That it is so dry so early in the season may further limit your options, or create uncertainty, such as decisions on which animals to sell or cull.

In many locations stock feed in the form of hay and silage is lower than normal due to the wet winter and spring. You need to understand your local situation and factor these delays in your planning.

Tips from farmers who have managed their way through past dry spells:

  •  Review the technical information from your industry bodies on managing in dry weather.
  • Do a feed budget.
  • Make a plan and set trigger points to make decisions or take action: Dates, stock condition, feed availability; Once a day milking, drying off, culling early.  Ensure relevant contract partners agree with the plan. When those points or times hit, enact your plan.
  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and soil moisture levels, especially on your own farm as it can vary from your neighbours’. (NIWA is useful).
  • Use water efficiently and plan for water restrictions. Check irrigation consents for any triggers that will require you to make changes to usage.
  • Ensure bores are well maintained and make contingency plans in case supply fails.
  • Look after your animals and regularly check their condition.
  • Make decisions for slaughter well in advance and book space in time (since killing space may be in high demand in your area)
  • Be vigilant on very hot days. Animals cannot be left for much time with no shade or access to water.
  • Be aware of increased risk of fire and take precautions
  • Talk to your bank, accountants and other advisors, seek their advice, and ask for help if you need it.        
  • Your Rural Support Trust is here to help. If you need to get pointed in the right direction for advice or information, are concerned about a friend, a neighbour, a worker…. or just need a private chat, their services are free & confidential. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) or visit www.rural-support.org.nz.

This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.

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