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.

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

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Southland Rural Support Trust recommends this simple self-care initiative

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Weather warning - during and after snowstorms

As at 21 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

After snow and ice 

It's all hands on deck!

  • Call your local Rural Support Trust for free confidential conversations on 0800 787 254
  • Look after yourself, your family, workers and neighbours. Ask for help and accept it when offered.
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have water, food, shelter, and are secure.
  • Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.

Keeping on after a snowstorm

MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)

Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.

www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/seasonal-management/spring-management/magnesium-calcium-and-energy/

www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/Metabolic%20disease%20in%20ewes.pdf

Some handy tips from farmers who have been there, done that...

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MANAGING BONAMIA OSTREAE – a flat oyster parasite

as at 4 July 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

In May 2017, MPI detected the flat oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae on 2 flat oyster farms on Stewart Island. Find out about the parasite and what MPI is doing to try to control its spread.

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GoodYarn - Workshops

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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This award-winning workshop is designed for rural professionals and people living in rural communities and focuses on how to manage stress and mental health in the rural environment. 

Book in to a scheduled workshop, or request one on your area.

 

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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 (lindsaywright110@icloud.com) of your donation by email.