Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island

Minister's media release 12 March

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Rural Communities

12 March 2019
MEDIA STATEMENT
Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the medium-scale event classification for the Tasman drought would be extended to cover Marlborough and Buller as well as Nelson.
 
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Nelson Tasman Drought

Update as at 14 March

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Water restrictions have been lifted in some areas.  Follow

https://www.tasman.govt.nz/my-council/about-us/media-centre/news-and-notices/water-restrictions-lifted-in-golden-bay-waimea-still-needs-to-conserve-water/

Animal welfare and human welfare advice

The focus is now on getting through drought.  A worksheet to help you make decisions can be found here.

- Flyer for livestock owners is here

- Flyer for horticulture is here

Not sure who to talk to? 

  • Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours) or call your local Trust.
  • For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                       

The Civil Defence response has now moved into transition.  To keep an eye on fires it's still good to check www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement

Meantime the fire risk remains extreme. Stay prepared:

  • Have a plan in place that includes your animals. If you need to evacuate:
  • Take pets with you – if you can do so safely – or take them to a safe place. Do not leave pets in cars.
  • If you need to leave animals at your property, make sure they have access to 2-3 days of food and water, are in a safe space (such as a paddock with little to no grass or near a waterway) and can move to avoid danger.
  • Consider opening gates within your property so that outdoor animals can move away from the fire. Do not open gates on to roads.
  • Remove any flammable or heat-sensitive gear from your animals while the fire risk is still high, especially those with polyester or metal on them like horse rugs and halters.
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Strategies for getting through the summer dry

March 2019

Monday, March 04, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Facing drought?  Want to hear what others have done to get through?

When the El Niño of 2015 - 2016 saw much of New Zealand facing prolonged dryness, Cheviot farmer Andy Fox came up with some tips.

In 2018 Southland experienced unusual dryness. Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Olivia Ross, along with the Muster's Andy Thompson came up with a radio series based on Andy's tips, called: "What did the Fox say?"

Listen to Andy Fox's Interview

Andy's Top 10 Tips

1)  Don't sleep in. If you are tired go to bed earlier and get up at the same time. One hour in the morning is worth two at night. Get out of bed and get going.

2) Do something for others. This can be one of the most satisfying things you can do when you are under stress.

3) Pick up dead stock straight away and dispose of them out of sight.

4) Life is never fair. Get used to it!

5) What people think of you is none of your business. So don't worry about it

6) Don't be scared of success or failure. There is always an element of risk in any business, especially farming. “Failure is the opportunity to try again with more knowledge” Henry Ford.

7) If you think you can, and if you think you can't your probably right. Ref Henry Ford. In other words, attitude and application are critical.

8) Look after your staff, yourself. Without health you have very little.

9) Set goals short and long term, plus ideas/methods on goal achievement.

10) Never miss an opportunity to praise someone for something good they have done. Worker, family member, truck driver.  It's just as much benefit to the giver as the receiver.

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Joint outreach teams visiting valleys this weekend in fire and drought-hit Tasman.

media release 1 March 2019

Friday, March 01, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

The first convoy of Red Cross trucks brought sighs of relief to many, as they went door to door in Pigeon Valley last weekend.

Now that the cordons have been lifted and people in the other fire-affected valleys have returned home, the outreach teams are working their way up the remaining valleys.

“Our volunteers are giving people about seven days to settle back down in their homes before we visit,” says Recovery Manager Richard Kirby.  “So over the next few days we are working our way through Teapot Valley, Eves, Redwood Valley, Greenacres, Malling, and Golden Hills.”

Volunteering on behalf of the Tasman District Council, the outreach teams are a collaboration between local Rural Support Trusts, Red Cross and MPI. They are carrying out a needs assessment to identify how each household is faring and what support they might need over the coming weeks.

Water supplies and worsening drought are on everyone’s minds,” says Richard.  “Our teams are armed with the latest information from the Tasman District Council about water restrictions and options.”

The teams leave information packs with residents or in their mailboxes if they aren’t home. Otherwise they take down all the information to share with other agencies and ensure everyone has what they need to support their recovery.

“It’s a real joint effort. We’re using Red Cross iPads with MPI software, CDEM questions, police and council maps, and of course we are able to access the areas because of the amazing work the firefighters have been doing.”

The Rural Support Trust, usually focused on farmers and growers, are visiting larger farms with information about drought management for their animals and crops.

“The unpredictability of when it might rain is on everyone’s mind, and smaller owners of livestock with less experience in this kind of weather event are also finding the farm, feed and animal welfare information handy,” says Barbara Stuart, Coordinator for the Rural Support Trust.  “It does mean that we are having some tough conversations about destocking, but we are here to help people with their options.

“It’s not easy for people who are still on alert for further fires, but we are all here to help these strong communities get through.”

For more information on water contact TDC: 24-hours: 03 543-8400 info@tasman.govt.nz https://www.tasman.govt.nz/

People with livestock in need of being moved for grazing, or needing extra feed, can contact Federated Farmers feedline by filling in the form on:

https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx, or calling 0800 327 646, option 2. You don’t need to be a Feds member to use this service – it is open to anyone whose ability to feed their livestock is affected by fire and/or drought in the Tasman.

If you have grazing near the area and sufficient water for some stock, please consider offering it on the feedline webpage also.

Animal welfare concerns:

For sick or injured animals talk to your vet.

For more information about f

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News & Alerts

Dairy NZ flood information

for Otago and Southland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
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Updates on the Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
For weekly updates to your email sign up to MPI's stakeholder update. It is for you, your farmers, and anyone interested in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Sign up here and please get all your networks of farmers and rural professionals to do so too.    
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John Shackleton: Manage stress

A presentation in Taranaki - watch the video!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
https://www.facebook.com/centraltaranakisafecommunitytrust/videos/2296467993701776/ John Shackleton events in Stratford yesterday encouraged the audience to consider mindfulness (it's not scary) and breathing meditations to enable thoughts to be current and now. Our wiring needs to be changed so we stop thinking about things we have NO CONTROL over such as guilt over past events or...
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Lock it in with Sam

Sam Whitelock promotes the 5 Ways to Wellbeing... Southland Rural Support Trust agrees

Friday, June 29, 2018

Author: LindsayWright

Southland Rural Support Trust backs Sam Whitelock with all 5 Ways to Wellbeing

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Drought classification extends further to Southland and Otago

HON DAMIEN O’CONNOR

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/drought-classification-extends-further-southland-and-otago

 

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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...
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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...
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Dry summer support

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author: Marcia
The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week. Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale. What farmers need to do now Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of...
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Cleanup help for flood-hit farmers in Otago

Enhanced Taskforce Green

Friday, November 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

If you or anyone you know of has some residual cleanup which they want a hand with, please call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING), then select the Flood Event Assistance option (currently option 2).

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Medium scale adverse event announced for Otago flooding

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
Watch the video here www.beehive.govt.nz/release/medium-scale-adverse-event-declared-otago-flooding Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially classified the flooding in Otago as a medium-scale event for Dunedin City, Clutha District, Waitaki District and Central Otago District. Farmers with offers of grazing or feed call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) Requests for...
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