Early intervention can reduce issues before they become unmanageable

If you or someone you know in the Otago rural community needs help, contact the Trust Administrator or one of our Coordinators:

0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254)

Andrea Ludemann

Phone: (03) 437 1544
Mobile: (027) 65 96 800
Email: andrea@banarachfarm.co.nz

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Our People

Pat Macauley - Otago Rural Support TrustPat Macaulay

Coordinator

Pat was brought up on a sheep farm in the hills of West Otago. Pat's main career after leaving school was cooking for Dad and the boys, she then went to work for an advertising agency in Dunedin and moved into media planning. Marriage in the early 70's led her to the Strath Taieri on a sheep and beef property where farming in drought was a regular occurrence. Pat's background in the agriculture industry, and a National Diploma in Agribusiness Management have enabled Pat to assist and support Rural families in times of need.

T: 03 484 7006 | M: 027 201 6921 | E: pat.macaulay@outlook.com

Board of Trustees

  • Gavan Herlihy
    Chairperson
    Ranfurly
  • Keith Cleave
    Trustee
    Kurow
  • Grant Bradfield
    Trustee
    Catlins
  • Laurie Ruddenklau
    Trustee
    Oamaru
  • Avis Rishworth
    Trustee
    Lawrence
  • Mike Lord
    Trustee
    Taieri
  • Richard Burdon
    Trustee
    Wanaka

News & Alerts

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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Velvetleaf Biosecurity Alert

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.

However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.

If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.

If you find velvetleaf:

  • Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
  • Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
  • Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
  • Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
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