Challenging times on the farm?

When circumstances beyond your control - climatic, financial, environmental or personal - get on top of you, the Top of the South Rural Support Trust is ready to help.

Our services are free and all calls are private and confidential.

The Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist farming and rural families and their communities.

The Trust has access to networks, services, and government funding following an adverse event to help you get back on your feet.

Our members are rural people who have faced the challenges that rural life brings. Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's Regional Leaders, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.

Top of the South covers all of Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough Districts this includes Golden Bay in the west, down to Ohau Point in the east and through to Springs Junction in the south.

News & Alerts

Early dry classified as medium-scale adverse event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/early-dry-declared-adverse-event

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event. 

The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions. 

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Minister O'Connor's update on dry conditions

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/govt-closely-watching-dry-conditions

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer that has turned hot and dry sooner than usual.

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor said today that the latest information from NIWA and industry bodies makes it clear that while farmers are generally coping through this early dry spell, rain over the next few weeks cannot be relied upon.

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Family Fun Day in Ward

16 December

Monday, December 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Ward Domain Family Day!

The Quake, 13 Months On

Saturday 16 December from 2 pm

FREE! Kids' games and activities, BBQ dinner and drinks provided.

A chance for quake affected Town and Country communities to take stock of their recovery over the last year.

Phone 0800 787 254 for more information.

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One of these things is not like the other

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.

MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.  

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