The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is set up to assist rural individuals and their families to get back on their feet.

The Trust is linked into local rural networks and can help people facing challenging circumstances, such as financial, personal or climatic adverse events like drought, flood, or heavy snow.

The Trust counsellors are local rural people who have themselves faced the challenges rural life brings. The counsellors travel to where we are needed. Contact is one-on-one. Services are free and confidential.

The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is a charitable trust that encompasses the following District Council areas:

Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Christchurch including Banks Peninsula, and Kaikoura District Council.

News & Alerts

Earthquake recovery fund launched

Minister announces new fund on 10 May 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Yesterday, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, announced new funding available for quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough.

The brochure is here.

The $5 million Earthquake Recovery Fund is divided into two options to give farmers, growers and foresters the right support depending on their needs:

  • Option one – project funding for community groups
    This funding is available for projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. Please note: the Sustainable Farming Fund funding round will open as per scheduled later this year.
  • Option two -  Advisory services funding for land owners and land managers
    This funding is available for land owners and land managers to access advisory services to help with long-term land use planning and technical advice. We are currently taking expressions of interest for potential suppliers of professional advisory and consultancy services. To register interest, email or call 0800 00 83 33 and ask to speak with an investment adviser. A list of MPI approved suppliers will be available from early Auguist for land owners and land managers to refer to.

For more information on both of the options, visit

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Farmstrong events

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Living well is the key to farming well. Come and hear about Farmstrong:

Kaikoura - Wednesday 25th May

Waiau - Tursday 25th May

Cheviot - Thursday 25th May



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Free home insurance advice service for North Canterbury

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

A free and independent advisory service is being established to assist North Canterbury residents with their home insurance claims.

The pilot programme will be set up to deal with the specific insurance needs of residents following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016.

The new advisory service in North Canterbury will be funded by the Crown but led and resourced by Community Law.

Residents will be able to receive advice through face-to-face meetings with Community Law staff at a local hubs.

The government is working with the local authorities in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough to establish the local hubs and determine the best locations for these hubs.

The service, which was announced on 21 April by Civil Defence Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee, will incorporate the experiences and learnings from the Residential Advisory Service (RAS), which has successfully assisted thousands of Christchurch residents with their insurance claims after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Residents who would like to discuss this service directly with Community Law can ring them:

0800EQLEGAL (0800 3753425).

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Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
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