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

The Trust members are local people with extensive rural knowledge and experience.

The South Canterbury 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 events and other rural crises, including personal. The Trust is able to access Government funding in declared adverse events and support from many Government agencies to help rural individuals and communities get back on their feet.

The Trust members are local people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations. The Trust has coordinators that are available to travel where they are needed. Contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you. Services are free and confidential.

The Trust covers the South Canterbury area between the Rangitata and Waitaki rivers, from the ocean to the main divide, and the south side of the Rangitata Gorge.

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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