Keeping an eye on Cyclone Hola

Monday, March 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

NIWA: With Hola passing offshore today, its strongest winds will too!

NIWA's high resolution modelling indicates some gusts to 70 km/h for: eastern Northland, Great Barrier Island, the Coromandel, coastal Bay of Plenty, & Gisborne Ranges, then a bit gusty in Auckland tonight.


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Summer BBQ: 10 Feb 2018 Glen Murray Hall

No bull - just some free good old fashion fun for everyone!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Author: WandaLeadbeater
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Drought tax relief measures

Tax relief and support measures extended to farmers in medium-scale drought areas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson


Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: including Rural Assistance Payments.

Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.

Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.

Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members:

MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.

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When farmland is flooded by seawater

Storm surges and king tides

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?

  • The impact will depend on how long the crop or pasture is covered by seawater. If it’s only for a short time – up to 48 hours – and gets good rainfall, grasses should bounce back. 
  • Rain is needed to wash the salt away. It’s likely the saltwater was diluted by the rains during the storm which measured up to 70mm.
  • The last similar event in the areas was 15 July 1995. This was during winter, there was plenty of rain to wash out, and pasture recovered well over a three month period.


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News & Alerts

Preparing for Gita

Monday, February 19, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
Forecasting weather is a tricky one. Luckily we have Chris Brandelino from NIWA updating New Zealand on what to expect as of this morning:  So now's the time to prepare:   Before a flood or storm * Find out from your local council, neighbours, etc, if your property is at risk from flooding...
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Early dry classified as medium-scale adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.  The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington...
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Minister O'Connor's update on 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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Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Regular updates are here: Mycoplasma bovis FAQ. Managing Service Bulls from DairyNZ,  MPI and industry organisations. Key contacts Questions for MPI –...
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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...
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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 ​ 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...
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