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 CotterCathie 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 - Southland Rural Support 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

Board of Trustees & Facilitors

  • Cathie Cotter
  • Russell Falconer
  • Ann Irving
  • John Kennedy
  • Diane Smith
  • Lindsay Wright
  • Julie Clarke
  • Lyndon Prebble
  • Simon Hopcroft
  • Rachael Nicholson
  • Anita de Wolde
  • Grant Heatherington
  • Katrina Thomas
    Facilitator (Social Media/Comms)
    Wreys Bush
  • Andrew Welsh

News & Alerts

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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Southland Flood Event

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: LindsayWright

The Southland Rural Support Trust team is active as part of the wider civil defence response to the current flood event. Our focus has been on contacting all farms in the flood affected zones to identify any farming or welfare needs.

This process will be completed by midday Sunday 9th of February.

If you feel you or someone else in need has been missed or needs further support, please contact us on

Ph       0800 787 254

Email  southland.rst@gmail.com

Use the Contact Us tab on this website


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Next SRST Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: SuperUser Account

Next General Meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust

This meeting is calendared for Tuesday 11 August 2020.

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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:


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.