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 or email southland.rst@gmail.com.

 

Cathie Cotter - Chairperson

Cathie has many years' farming experience, from growing up on, managing, sharemilking and owning a dairy farm, to store lambs and winter grazing. Her family now owns and operates a rock quarry. A registered nurse, Cathie brings rich life experiences to the Trust.

 

Lindsay Wright - Coordinator

With 24 years as a fourth generation farmer from Wendonside, 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.  Email: lindsaywright110@icloud.com

Photo credit NZ Herald

 

Board of Trustees & Facilitors

  • Cathie Cotter
    Chair
    Dacre
  • Russell Falconer
    Trustee
    Greenvale
  • Ann Irving
    Trustee
    Invercargill
  • John Kennedy
    Trustee
    Oreti
  • Diane Smith
    Trustee
    Wendonside
  • Lindsay Wright
    Trustee/Coordinator
    Wendonside
  • Julie Clarke
    Trustee
    Wyndham
  • Lyndon Prebble
    Trustee
    Dipton
  • Simon Hopcroft
    Trustee
    Invercargill/Riverton
  • Rachael Nicholson
    Trustee
    Riversdale
  • Anita de Wolde
    Facilitator
    Bayswater
  • Grant Heatherington
    Facilitator
    Winton
  • Katrina Thomas
    Facilitator (Social Media/Comms)
    Wreys Bush
  • Andrew Welsh
    Facilitator
    Invercargill
  • Alison Moore
    Facilitator
    Gore

News & Alerts

Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in need

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/focus-on-farming/cotter-passionate-about-supporting-farmers-need

Friday, June 26, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Passionate about the rural sector and people’s welfare, Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman Cathie Cotter says the best aspect of her role is being there for farmers.

 

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Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and industry collaboration to manage the impacts of drought and Covid-19.  However, the continuation of the service is subject to a decision by MPI early next month,  after it evaluates whether it is still needed.

 

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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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COVID-19 - SRST Operations Amendment

SRST Service modified for the protection and wellbeing of SRST Members and Clients

Monday, March 23, 2020

Author: LindsayWright

Continuing Support for Our Rural Communities

Health and safety is paramount for the Southland Rural Support Trust. We are therefore monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will make appropriate changes to our work practices in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

 

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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 “Flood or Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt,
please also notify the Coordinator at southland.rst@gmail.com of your donation.