Our People

Early intervention can reduce issues before they become unmanageable. If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact the Southland Rural Support Trust freephone 0800 787 254. You will be asked to select your region to be put through to the Southland Trust.

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

John Kennedy - Southland Rural Support TrustJohn Kennedy

Chairperson

John is an inaugural trustee of the Southland Rural Support Trust. He has over 20 years of dairy farming experience in Central Southland, and is a Southland councilor on the NZ Holstein Friesian Association.

whinlea8@gmail.com

Lindsay Wright - Southland Rural Support TrustLindsay Wright

Coordinator

Lindsay has had 24 years of experience as a fourth generation farmer from Wendonside. Having leased his property, he is now fully involved in a variety of community organisations. Lindsay has personally experienced and beaten the "down side" of stress and knows the difference the support of others can make when times are tough.

lindsaywright110@icloud.com

Board of Trustees

  • Christine Dykes
    Trustee
    Winton
  • Russell Falconer
    Trustee
    Greenvale
  • Ann Irving
    Trustee
    Waimatua
  • John Kennedy
    Trustee/Chair
    Oreti
  • John Low
    Trustee
    Invercargill
  • Diane Smith
    Trustee
    Wendonside
  • David Stevens
    Trustee
    Balfour
  • Lindsay Wright
    Trustee/Coordinator
    Wendonside
  • Grant Heatherington

    Trustee
    Winton

  • Cathie Cotter
    Trustee
    Woodlands

News & Alerts

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

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/early-dry-declared-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. 

The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions. 

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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 next few weeks cannot be relied upon.

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Community meeting on Mycoplasma bovis, Winton 6.30pm Tuesday 19 December

Friday, December 15, 2017

Author: LindsayWright
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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 of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.  

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Donations

The Southland Rural Support Trust is a registered charitable trust manned by volunteers.

If you would like to support the work of the Trust, donations can be made to the Trust bank account:

03-0915-0414113-000

Please include your name and the word “Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt, please also notify the Coordinator (lindsaywright110@icloud.com) of your donation by email.