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

Email: dougarchbold@gmail.com

 

Or you can contact the Trust Coordinator Bridget Frame:

Mobile: (027) 659 2364

Email: bridget.buzz@xtra.co.nz

 

 

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Doug Archbold - ChairpersonDoug Archbold (JP)

Chairperson

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

Neil Smith

Vice Chairman/Area Representative

Banks Peninsula

 

Lyn Zuppicich

Area Representative/Secretary

Darfield

 

Grant McFadden

Counsellor

Christchurch

 

Sharron Davie-Martin

Area/Dairy Representative

Amuri

 

Jo Buckner

Area Representative

Ashley/Loburn

 

Tim Cookson

Area Representative

Hororata

 

Richard Fredman

Area Representatie

Malvern

 

Gayle Litchfield

Area/Dairy Representative

Selwyn


Area Representatives

Kirsty Maxwell

Amberley

 

Andy Munro

Amberley/Omihi

 

Pam Richardson

Banks Peninsula

 

Judy Meikle

Amuri

 

Liz Ensor

Cheviot

 

Karen Forrester

Hawarden

 

Kate Jensen

Waikari/Scargill

 

Tony Blunt

Kaikoura

 

Lois Birkett

Leeston

 

Jo Ealam

Oxford

 

Barbara McLeod

Area Representative

Prebbleton

 

 

News & Alerts

Early dry classified as medium-scale adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/early-dry-declared-adverse-event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event. 

The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions. 

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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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Family Fun Day in Ward

16 December

Monday, December 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Ward Domain Family Day!

The Quake, 13 Months On

Saturday 16 December from 2 pm

FREE! Kids' games and activities, BBQ dinner and drinks provided.

A chance for quake affected Town and Country communities to take stock of their recovery over the last year.

Phone 0800 787 254 for more information.

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One of these things is not like the other

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.

MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.  

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