Our People

Seeking help early can reduce issues before they become unmanageable, be they weather or environmental related, financial, or personal. If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust :

Judy Skevington

Phone: (03) 302 6860
Mobile: (027) 878 7254
Email: rst.midcanterbury@gmail.com

 

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

 

Allan & Sue Baird

Phone: (03) 308 7594
Mobile: (027) 435 0141
Email: allan.baird@xtra.co.nz

Tim Silva

Phone: (03) 308 1890
Mobile: (021) 505 137
Email: tim.silva@tp.co.nz

 

Allan Baird - CoodinatorAllan Baird

Coordinator

Allan has an extensive rural background ranging from working on a number of Canterbury farms in his younger days through to 10 years with MAF in Ashburton. Allan has been involved in rural emergency response activities since the 1973 South Canterbury snow storm. He also carried out damage assessments for MAF following the 1986 South Canterbury floods.

Allan was instrumental in establishing the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust in 1991. With Allan as coordinator from its inception, the Trust has responded effectively to a number of rural adverse events in the intervening years.

Tim Silva - CoordinatorTim Silva

Coordinator

Tim has strong links to the rural community, both professionally as a partner in a law firm specialising in rural law, and recreationally as a keen hunter and fisherman. Tim's formative years involved 6 seasons on a high country station West of Wanaka, where, largely due to the rainfall in excess of 100 inches per annum, response to emergency situations was a way of life.

Tim's involvement with the Trust began in the big snow storm of 2006.

Judy Skevington

Manager

Judy grew up in rural areas and currently owns a cropping farm working it in partnership with her son. She has worked in the rural sector, first with National Insurance and then the trust department of PGG.   Judy has a variety of life experiences and has volunteered her time to several support agencies over many years and is used to responding to emergency situations..

Board of Trustees

  • Peter Reveley
    Chairperson
    Farmer and Councillor Ashburton District Council
  • Kevin Geddes
    Secretary
    Nuffield Scholar, Senior Policy Advisor Federated Farmers NZ
  • Allan Baird
    Treasurer
    Computer consultant
  • Sue Baird
    Trustee
    Self Employed
  • Don Geddes
    Trustee
    Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer 
  • Alasdair Urquhart
    Trustee
    Retired farmer and Councillor Ashburton District Council
  • Marg Verrall
    Trustee
    Farmer

News & Alerts

Updates on the Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

For weekly updates to your email sign up to MPI's stakeholder update. It is for you, your farmers, and anyone interested in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovisSign up here and please get all your networks of farmers and rural professionals to do so too.  


 

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John Shackleton: Manage stress

A presentation in Taranaki - watch the video!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.facebook.com/centraltaranakisafecommunitytrust/videos/2296467993701776/

Rural Support Taranaki shares:

John Shackleton events in Stratford yesterday encouraged the audience to consider mindfulness (it's not scary) and breathing meditations to enable thoughts to be current and now. Our wiring needs to be changed so we stop thinking about things we have NO CONTROL over such as guilt over past events or anxiety about the future. After 21 days you will notice a big improvement in wellbeing. 

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Lock it in with Sam

Sam Whitelock promotes the 5 Ways to Wellbeing... Southland Rural Support Trust agrees

Friday, June 29, 2018

Author: LindsayWright

Southland Rural Support Trust backs Sam Whitelock with all 5 Ways to Wellbeing

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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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