Our Trust is well connected within rural networks across farming, horticulture, and forestry, as well as local government agencies.

We are well-placed to get things done that could be difficult for you alone. We can:

Provide support during personal difficulties

Rural life can be challenging and stressful. Stress can be caused by many factors that can build up; from relationships to the weather. Sometimes all that is needed is someone neutral to listen. Our coordinators are experienced in helping people find options to manage rural challenges and can refer you to a professional for services like counselling, financial and farm management, or alternatively provide a mentor with a rural background in your specific sector for you to chat to. The Trust can also look at other options for example, home help or arranging time away from the farm.

Facilitate conversations

Our coordinator can help you negotiate your options for managing finances, debt and creditors. We can also facilitate assistance such as Work and Income and farm management consultants and professional counsellors to help work towards individuals and families getting back on your feet.

Help during an adverse weather event

We are directly linked to local civil defence and can provide you with information and assist you in getting emergency and on-going help, whether its movement of stock, financial support, labour or other needs. The Trust will also deliver rural welfare during events and central government assistance and funded activities.

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 funding@mpi.govt.nz 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 www.mpi.govt.nz/Kaikoura-earthquake.

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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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