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

What are GoodYarn workshops?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
People who live and work on the land manage a set of challenges including long working hours, extreme weather events, isolation, financial pressures, and stress of being 24/7 on-farm. These factors can affect mental wellbeing. To take care of yourself, and be able to help others, one of the best things you can do is talk.
 
GoodYarn is a hands-on workshop to give you the practical tools, confidence and understanding of mental illness and wellness, so you can talk to people in rural communities about mental health. It’s free to attend and focuses on rural issues especially for rural professionals, farmers and rural community members.
 
Launched in 2014 with the support of Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Rural Support, Dairy Women’s Network, Beef and Lamb and Rural Women, GoodYarn was the 2016 Category Winner at Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Service Awards. The programme was developed in 2014 by the WellSouth Primary Health Network in Otago and Southland, in consultation with farmers, Rural Support Trusts, farming bodies and health agencies.
 
Duration and location 
• Workshops take 2.5 hours
• Usually for groups of 10-20
• The NCRST’s two facilitators will be running one a month from October
• Available in most communities around New Zealand.
 
What is included
• Tips for maintaining mental wellbeing
• How to recognise the signs of stress and common mental health problems
• Practical tools to help you initiate a conversation if concerned about someone
• How to access the right support services
 
 
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Recharge Hurunui @ Foxdown

September 8, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Following a very long drought and then earthquakes, the Hurunui Drought Committee is boosting community morale with a Recharge Hurunui Event.

Hurunui Drought Committee member, Scargill farmer Andy Fox, insists that the Hurunui is the best place to live in the world.

“I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else,” says Andy, “but Mother Nature has thrown us a few curveballs over the last few years.

“Our community has endured a drought that seemed like it would never end and then of course the earthquakes were a further blow to locals whose spirits were already flagging. But now there’s a growing sense of positivity in the farming community and beyond.”

Andy says that from a farming point of view, the winter has been very kind. The mild weather and better rainfall have allowed for good growth, stock are doing well, and prices are up.

“Hopefully this improvement is starting to filter through to our local business community, who have been hit with the domino effect as farmers struggled with the effects of the drought.” 

To shrug off the tough times and to celebrate the arrival of what will hopefully be a great Spring, the Hurunui Drought Committee is throwing open the doors of the Foxdown shed for a gathering hosted by Gary McCormack on September 8. 

“We’ve had a few fantastic events here over the last couple of years,” says Andy. “With the support and encouragement of the Hurunui Drought Committee this time we are extending the invitation for a bite to eat, a drink and a laugh beyond farmers to the wider community who have all faced various challenges over the last few years.”

Tickets for the event on September 8 at 7.30pm are selling fast at only $10 each. Free buses are being put on from Cheviot, Amberley, Hawarden, Culverden and Waiau. The ticket price includes supper, drinks and entertainment including a chat from Gary McCormick.

“He’s the perfect bloke for this kind of thing,” says Andy.  “Gary’s irreverent humour about life and bureaucracy really resonates!”

The event is sponsored by the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, Beef & Lamb and MPI.  Tickets are on sale at NC Vets, Farmlands, 4 Square Hawarden, and Waiau hardware. 

More information is on the Hurunui Community Drought Support Facebook page.

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After the rain - coordinated rural cleanup begins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The rural clean-up has begun after the weekend storm which caused extensive flooding throughout Otago and Canterbury.

A recovery team including CDEM, Federated Farmers, MPI, DairyNZ, Beef + LambNZ, Fonterra and the Otago Rural Support Trust is coordinating farm support and information events as the floodwaters in Otago start to recede.

“While farmers in on the Taieri are used to flooding, the intensity of the deluge on already sodden land has left a few farms at least half underwater,” says Otago farmer and Rural Support Trust Trustee Mike Lord.

The first priority in such an event is always the safety and wellbeing of people.

“We’re a pretty connected community here,” says Mike, “and in a flood like this we all tend to knock on doors, check on each other and help out our neighbours.  It’s a good idea to check in especially on the elderly lady down the road, as it has to be pretty bad before some of these people will ask for help!”

Federated Farmers has activated their helpline for both members and non-members, and are encouraging any farmers who can offer immediate grazing to get in touch. There have been more than 20 calls over the weekend, with some offers of feed and several urgent grazing requests. Farmers are encouraged to log their needs including cleanup.

“Flood affected farmers looking for help should contact Federated Farmers’ 0800 327 646 helpline, which is a primary source of contact for farmers who want to request or offer assistance,” says Federated Farmers’ Adverse Events Spokesperson Andrew Hoggard.

“This is a tried and tested resource, operated by people who understand farmers and farming.”

“We’re also working with the Local Rural Support Trust. Those feeling stressed or getting overwhelmed should contact them on 0800 RURAL HELP. It’s free and confidential,” says Andrew.

DairyNZ and Fonterra have been in contact with farmers throughout the weekend and are assisting with stock movement and milk transport where needed.

“Fortunately its early days for calving and lambing,” says MPI Animal Welfare lead Wayne Ricketts. “Maintaining feed to those animals late in pregnancy has to be a priority to prevent metabolic conditions such as milk fever, staggers or sleepy sickness.

“Farmers and agri-business organisations are working well together. MPI’s animal welfare line has only received one call about animals in floodwaters, and is open should farmers want to seek additional advice.”

A series of information events are also being set up for this week and farmers are encouraged to take an hour and come along.

- Henley Hall, 12.30pm today (Tuesday 25th)

- White Horse Inn, Milton, 12.30pm today (Tuesday 25th)

-  Clutha Vets, Balclutha, 12.30pm Wednesday 26th

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·         If life or property is at risk - call 111

·         Please call Federated Farmers on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) for requests for feed

·         Farmers who can OFFER feed or grazing are asked to call Federated Farmers on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING).

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Weather warning - during and after snowstorms

As at 21 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

After snow and ice ‚Äč

It's all hands on deck!

  • Call your local Rural Support Trust for free confidential conversations on 0800 787 254
  • Look after yourself, your family, workers and neighbours. Ask for help and accept it when offered.
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have water, food, shelter, and are secure.
  • Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.

Keeping on after a snowstorm

MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)

Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.

www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/seasonal-management/spring-management/magnesium-calcium-and-energy/

www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/Metabolic%20disease%20in%20ewes.pdf

Some handy tips from farmers who have been there, done that...

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