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

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.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/farm-earthquake-recovery-initiative-launches

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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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