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

Will to Live Tour

Dates in the South Island

Monday, July 29, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Don't miss out on joining a Will to Live event.  

https://www.facebook.com/pg/willtolivenz/events/

Here's the famous minute's silence and barkup in
Ashburton last Friday.

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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.

 

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Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.

https://ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/farmers-it-s-good-to-talk?fbclid=IwAR1ddSAGlktVp5OfckrHCJlXCYLaLZHMHuesQljcIjUW0wFRM5X8uYtylfY

Make sure you book in!

 

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From the front line to the back paddocks

Safety, wellness and resilience expert Lance Burdett tours rural New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s a long way from negotiating with hostage-takers to touring rural New Zealand, but that’s where Lance Burdett’s career path has gone so far. He’s about to embark on a tour of rural South Island thanks to a series of talks put together by New Zealand’s local Rural Support Trusts and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Founder of Warn International, Lance has moved from working for police and training with the FBI to dedicating himself to spreading tips and techniques for people to handle difficult situations by understanding what goes on in people’s brains – starting with their own.

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/other-sectors/view/a-good-man-to-have-in-a-crisis

 

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