North Canterbury Rural Support Trust

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust helps locals in tough times

The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide network supporting farmers and their families through tough times.

The Trust has access to networks, services and government funding and can help people navigate their financial and personal challenges, or assist during climatic adverse events like drought, flood, or heavy snow.

Free and confidential assistance is available through the Trust’s Facilitators who, like you, are rural people who have themselves faced the challenges rural life brings.  Contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you. 

The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is a charitable trust that encompasses the five District councils of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Christchurch, including Banks Peninsula.

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Call North Canterbury Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

Calling from a cell phone? Select Option #3, #4, #1

Calling from a landline? You will immediately be directed to the Duty Coordinator

Our People

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Noel McGirr (Chair), Hugh Eaton (Vice Chair), Andy Munro, Dorothy Stewart, Gayle Litchfield, Neil Smith, Richard Friedman, Tim Cookson, Leo Fietje


Doug Archbold, Grant McFadden



Jodie Denton, Sonseeahray Laugesen, Tony Blunt


Andy Munro, Ben Chaffey, Jen Le Pine, Karen Forrester, Lyn Crean, Mandy Burrows, Noel McGirr, Suz Mowat


Andy Munro, Geoff Spark, Lorraine Macdonald, Simon Robinson


Barbara McLeod, Bruce Rolls, Don Hayes, Gayle Litchfield, Lynda Clark, Sue Cumberworth, Sue Lalich, Richard Friedman

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula:

Doug Archbold, Grant McFadden, Hugh Eaton, Leo Fietje, Neil Smith, Pam Richardson, Tony Chaston

Time Out Tour - Omihi, North Canterbury

Time Out Tour - Omihi, North Canterbury

The Rural Support Trust, in proud partnership with ANZ, Bayleys, BDO, Datamars Livestock, Fonterra, and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are excited to bring the Time Out Tour to North Canterbury March 8 2023!

3/8/2023 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 0 Comments
Time Out Tour - Resource Booklet

Time Out Tour - Resource Booklet

The Rural Support Trust is thrilled to be working alongside our Time Out Tour partners to deliver these events over the next three years.  With the generous support of our partners, we can continue to contribute to the development of resilient, prosperous and healthy rural communities throughout the country.  Thank you for aligning with us on our journey and...
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Starting the conversation...

Starting the conversation...

To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness, Taranaki born and bred artist Paul Rangiwahia created "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their...
June 18, 2022 0 Comments
Rural Police Lookout -Waimakariri and Hurunui-North Canterbury

Rural Police Lookout -Waimakariri and Hurunui-North Canterbury

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Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...


North Canterbury Rural Support Trust Brochure (PDF)

Farmstrong: Live Well, Farm Well

Rural Assistance Payments - Work and Income

Waimakariri District Council

Waimakariri Social  Services Mapping Document (PDF)

Together Hurunui

Resources - documents to support wellbeing

Yellow Brick Road Formerly Supporting Families. A national organosation that provides support for whanau who are experiencing mental health.

Waves   Mental Health suicide bereavement support and information.

Aoake te Ra  Free, brief theraputic support service for those bereaved by suicide.

Step Ahead   Step Ahead is a not-for-profit organisation that helps those experiencing mental illness by providing community-based activities and services.

Getting Through Together Encourages people to  look after themselves and one another.

The Wise Group To create fresh possibilities and services for the well being of people, organisations and communities

Inclusive Aoteraroa Promoting health and awareness to feel like you belong.

Ministry of Health Getting through loss  and grief together in Covid 19

Communicating for Diversity Resources Managing cultural communication

Mentemia Led by Sir John Kirwan, get a boost to your mental well being.

Asian Family Services

Mental health - living rurally 

Suicide Crisis Helpline

Call 1737  

Ngatahi Commu

7 tips for a good nights sleep

Anger within Depression and Practise of Self Compassion

Abusive Workplace - Its not okay to be yelled at or abused

A test for both depression and anxiety - John Kirwan's depression website. 

How Dogs can Help with Mental Health

Practical Financial Skills to Managing Money

Practical Tips following Suicide of loved one - practical support from Ministry of Youth 

Sleeping Well in the Digital Age - This resource highlights the correlation between light and the brain and how it negatively impacts sleep pattern

John Kirwan-Rural Videos-Small Steps






0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

0508 467 869 

NZ Young Farmers
03 344 2473

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Womens Network
0800 396 748

0800 482 463


0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)

0800 376 633

0800 726 666

Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline
0800 654 655

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ


We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue
supporting our Rural Families.

You can donate via bank transfer to 03 0830 0259556 00 using your name as reference.

Please email to enable us to acknowledge your donation and send a tax receipt.

Thank you for your kindness.

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With thanks to our principal sponsors
Thanks to our Time Out Tour partners