When circumstances beyond your control lead to a rural business crisis - be it financial, climatic or personal - the Otago Rural Support Trust is ready to assist.

Services are free and confidential.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist rural individuals and communities during and after extreme weather and other declared adverse events. They are able to access Government adverse event funding and utilise support from many Government agencies to help rural individuals and communities get back on their feet. All areas within the Otago Regional Council catchment are covered.

The Trust members are local rural people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations. The Trust has two coordinators who are specially trained. The coordinators travel to where they are needed, contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you, and services are free and confidential.

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Will to Live Tour

Dates in the South Island

Monday, July 29, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Don't miss out on joining a Will to Live event.  

https://www.facebook.com/pg/willtolivenz/events/

Here's the famous minute's silence and barkup in
Ashburton last Friday.

/Portals/3/barkup.MOV

 

 

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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.

 

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Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.

https://ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/farmers-it-s-good-to-talk?fbclid=IwAR1ddSAGlktVp5OfckrHCJlXCYLaLZHMHuesQljcIjUW0wFRM5X8uYtylfY

Make sure you book in!

 

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From the front line to the back paddocks

Safety, wellness and resilience expert Lance Burdett tours rural New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s a long way from negotiating with hostage-takers to touring rural New Zealand, but that’s where Lance Burdett’s career path has gone so far. He’s about to embark on a tour of rural South Island thanks to a series of talks put together by New Zealand’s local Rural Support Trusts and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Founder of Warn International, Lance has moved from working for police and training with the FBI to dedicating himself to spreading tips and techniques for people to handle difficult situations by understanding what goes on in people’s brains – starting with their own.

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/other-sectors/view/a-good-man-to-have-in-a-crisis

 

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