Our People

If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact the Trust Chairperson Doug Archbold:

Freephone: 0800 787 254
Phone: (03) 351 2993
Mobile: (027) 340 0878
Emaill: dougarchbold@gmail.com

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Doug Archbold - ChairpersonDoug Archbold (JP)


Doug farmed a Sheep & Beef property near Cheviot for over 30 years. He was heavily involved in many community organisations during this time. In addition he represented North Canterbury on the Meat & Wool Boards Electoral Committee. Since retiring to Christchurch with his wife Jill, in 2001 he has been involved with establishing the Ballance Farm Environment Awards; belongs to Rotary and has been involved with Community Watch. He has been a Counsellor with the Rural Support Trust for 20 years.

Board of Trustees

  • Barbara McLeod (JP)
  • Lois Birkett
  • Grant McFadden
  • Derrick Millton
    Area Representative
  • Liz Ensor
    Area Representative
  • Judy McMillan
    Area Representative
  • Judy Meikle
    Area Representative
  • Jo Ealam
    Area Representative
  • Richard Friedman
    Area Representative
  • Pam Richardson
    Area Representative
    Bank Peninsula
  • Lyn Zuppicich
    Area Representative
    Inland Road
  • Neil Smith
    Area Representative
    Banks Peninsula
  • Kirsty Maxwell
    Area Representative
  • Kathryn van den Bueken
    Dairy Representative
    Selwyn Area

News & Alerts

Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 2pm, Monday 24 April

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Outreach visits to farms and orchards started Monday 17th April and will continue through this week. Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for personal help.

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505
  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869
  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969
  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568
  • Open Country suppliers call 021 860 515

If you’re worried about lost pets due to storms and flooding in the Whakatane region contact the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 306 0500

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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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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Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.


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Applications now open for Primary Industries Earthquake Relief Fund

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Government announced $4 million for an Earthquake Relief Fund for primary industries for uninsurable infrastructure repair as a result of the 14 November 2016 earthquake affecting the Hurunui, KaikĊura and Marlborough Districts.

The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry which is either well-established or in the developmental stage.

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