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.

 

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

Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis.

Our services are free and confidential.

As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works.

Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways including:

  • Trained facilitators who know how the programme works, and the process involved to help you navigate though.
  • Listening to your concerns and issues.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Phone calls, texts, emails – at a time that suits you.
  • Visiting and attending meetings with you.
  • One on one support and wrap around support – for you, your family, and your farming team.
  • Connecting – if we don’t know the answer we will help connect you to people who do.
  • Peer support – connecting with other farmers that have been through the process.
  • Helping you and your family access counselling services.

Depending on the individual farming operation it can be a lengthy process, involving a number of M. bovis Programme teams and RSTs offer support throughout the process and the ability to help shift things along if they get stuck.

We are rural people, helping rural people – we are farming people who understand the challenges of rural life.

Just call 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP). There are Rural Support Trust branches all over the country. Ringing 0800 787 254 will connect you to help in your area.

Supporting Our Rural Community

0800 RURAL HELP

www.rural-support.org.nz

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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.

 

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Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.

https://ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/farmers-it-s-good-to-talk?fbclid=IwAR1ddSAGlktVp5OfckrHCJlXCYLaLZHMHuesQljcIjUW0wFRM5X8uYtylfY

Make sure you book in!

 

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From the front line to the back paddocks

Safety, wellness and resilience expert Lance Burdett tours rural New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s a long way from negotiating with hostage-takers to touring rural New Zealand, but that’s where Lance Burdett’s career path has gone so far. He’s about to embark on a tour of rural South Island thanks to a series of talks put together by New Zealand’s local Rural Support Trusts and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Founder of Warn International, Lance has moved from working for police and training with the FBI to dedicating himself to spreading tips and techniques for people to handle difficult situations by understanding what goes on in people’s brains – starting with their own.

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/other-sectors/view/a-good-man-to-have-in-a-crisis

 

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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 at southland.rst@gmail.com of your donation.