South Island Rural Support Trusts

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Nelson Tasman Fires

Update as at 11 Feb 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Who do I call and where do I go?
Concerned about safety of people? Call 111.

Evacuating? You can go to Civil Defence Centre at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke

They can help with:

  • Your pets
  • Welfare information and advice
  • Help with accommodation if you need it.

Please register with CDEM if you evacuate

  • If you don’t use the centre or need any help, please call 03 543 8400 to register
  • This means you’re on our list to send you information about getting back home.


Civil Defence payments

  • Do you need food, petrol, clothing? Civil Defence payments can be made available for evacuated people. Talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

Work and income

  • If you don’t know if you can get help, or are finding supporting your family tricky: talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009. They may be able to help cover urgent or unexpected costs, living expenses, lost wages, benefits, and housing assistance.

Health and support

  • GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire-related appointments. For help accessing a GP call 03 543 7841
  • Wakefield Health Centre is in the Richmond community health hub (281 Queen St)
  • Or call the freephone Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Rural people can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
  • After hours and weekends: Medical and Injury Centre (Nelson) and in Motueka (Greenwood Health or The Doctors) Nelson Bays Primary Health. www.nbph.org.nz

Insurance

  • When you return to your property take photos and call your insurance company.

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For the most up to date information about the fires visit: Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website: www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement


Not sure who to talk to?  Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours)

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For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                        

If you may need to evacuate, try to move or prepare your animals beforehand.

If you need help with this, or if you have evacuated and had to leave your animals behind,
please call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4) with as much information as you can give them.

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Upskilling for farming women - sheep and beef courses

RMPP-funded courses nationally

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB)

Understanding Your Farming Business equips and supports women involved in sheep and beef farming to lift business performance. Whether you’re farming with others or on your own, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to help create a positive future.   

Fully funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), this programme will ensure you return to your business with fresh eyes, be equipped to play a greater part in decision making and be able to communicate powerfully with farming partners, financial advisors and rural professionals. 

Two courses are available:

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Cyclone Season

What to do in case of severe rain/storm

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

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

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

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

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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Dairy NZ flood information

for Otago and Southland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

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After a flood

Monday, November 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Safety first

  • Don't put yourself at risk from contaminated water, damaged roads, or landslides and other hazards.
  • Look for and report broken power lines to your electricity provider. Treat all lines as live.
  • Trees may be unstable due to saturated ground and high winds.
  • Be conscious of security. Lock your car and house. Report suspicious activity to police.

Health and wellbeing

  • Throw away food and water that has been contaminated by floodwater.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.

Your property

  • Report flooded homes and any need for temporary accommodation to your local council.
  • Assess damage to water supply and reticulation systems. Which stock water troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
  • Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts, and fences. What flood debris needs to be cleared?
  • Assess damage to pastures and the depth and type of silt.
  • Assess available non-flooded pastures and other unaffected feed reserves.
  • Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.
  • Take photos of damage and contact your insurer.
  • Your Rural Support Trust is available to call for help or info for farmers – 0800 787 254.

https://www.westlanddc.govt.nz/emergency-management

 

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Farmer's Ball

8 December 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Author: WandaLeadbeater
Get your glad rags on and join us for a night of music and dancing. Red carpet welcome, canapes and a live band.

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