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. Hr family now owns and operates a rock quarry. A registered nurse, Cathy brings rich life experiences to the Trust.

 

Lindsay Wright - Southland Rural Support TrustLindsay 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.

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

Southern flooding

updates for rural

Thursday, February 13, 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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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

 

Click Read More for further information

 

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Next SRST Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: SuperUser Account

Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust -

General Meeting

Location:  FF Building, Forth St, Invercargill

18 February 2020 meeting POSTPONED until further notice

due to commitments of the flood response and field days of SRST members and stakeholders

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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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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.