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
  • 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
  • Alison Moore

News & Alerts

Brunch on Us - Southland Events in October

We have lined up a bunch of "Brunches on Us!" for rural Southland this month.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas

Southland farmers deserve a treat every now and then, so we’ve organised seven pop up brunch BBQ 's and coffee carts in a few Southland rural communities where we haven’t visited a lot of recently.

The Southland Rural Support Trust along with a number of Southland agriculture businesses and organsiations -  Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farm Source Otago/Southland - Otautau, NSVets PGG Wrightson Ltd, Rural Women New Zealand,  Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group are picking up the cost or cooking on the BBQ. Yes, it is a free feed!

We are keen to catch up with managers, owners and farm teams.

As well as a FREE feed and a coffee, farmers can chat to the Rural Support Trust, other Southland Rural Professional representatives and enter to win a hamper for your team, thanks to Rural Women NZ.

Come as you are, stay for a chat or gobble and go!

Timing: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Diary the date now!

Dates & Venues

  • Tuesday 13 October - Wyndham Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Dipton Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Tokanui Community Hall
  • Friday 16 October - Waikaka Valley Hall
  • Tuesday 20 October - Riversdale Rugby Club
  • Wednesday 21 October - Athol Hall
  • Thursday 22 October - Orawia, Merrivale, Feldwick, Pukemaori & Districts Community Centre


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Southern flooding

Rural Updates

Monday, October 5, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

For information about general help check this flyer:

Useful contacts

General information and assistance:

  • Government helpline on 0800 779 997 from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekend.

Animal welfare concerns

Industry body recovery information

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Categories: National, Otago, Southland


Southland Flood Event

Monday, October 5, 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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Categories: Southland


Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in 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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Categories: National, Southland




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.