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 coordinator, 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 the Ure River in the east and through to Springs Junction in the south.

News & Alerts

Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 2pm, Monday 24 April

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Outreach visits to farms and orchards started Monday 17th April and will continue through this week. Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for personal help.

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505
  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869
  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969
  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568
  • Open Country suppliers call 021 860 515

If you’re worried about lost pets due to storms and flooding in the Whakatane region contact the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 306 0500

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
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Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/farm-earthquake-recovery-initiative-launches

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Applications now open for Primary Industries Earthquake Relief Fund

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Government announced $4 million for an Earthquake Relief Fund for primary industries for uninsurable infrastructure repair as a result of the 14 November 2016 earthquake affecting the Hurunui, KaikĊura and Marlborough Districts.

The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry which is either well-established or in the developmental stage.

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