On any normal day, we know that living and working rurally can be a challenge.

We also know that sometimes things can get a bit too much. If this is how you are feeling, or you are concerned for a family member or friend, call (0800 787254) for a free, confidential chat.

The purpose of the Top of the South Rural Support Trust is to give coordinated and personal support to rural people in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions before, during or after adversity on a regional or personal scale.

Our values include being responsive, trusted, collaborative, inclusive, effective, respectful and resourceful.

If more than a cup of tea and a yarn is needed, we can connect with the professionals who can provide further support, including farming or business advicefinancial informationhealthmental health and counselling services.

The trust covers all aspects of rural agribusiness; dry stock, dairy, cropping, horticulture, forestry, poultry, and rural contracting. We support all rural people - owners, managers, staff, and contractors.

In a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood, your local Rural Support Trust is right here alongside you, working with Civil Defence, government and emergency services on behalf of our rural communities.

We can talk over the phone or come to you for a free and confidential chat, anytime, anywhere.

Our services are free and confidential.

News & Alerts

Nelson Tasman Fires

Update as at 11 Feb 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Who do I call and where do I go?
Concerned about safety of people? Call 111.

Evacuating? You can go to Civil Defence Centre at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke

They can help with:

  • Your pets
  • Welfare information and advice
  • Help with accommodation if you need it.

Please register with CDEM if you evacuate

  • If you don’t use the centre or need any help, please call 03 543 8400 to register
  • This means you’re on our list to send you information about getting back home.


Civil Defence payments

  • Do you need food, petrol, clothing? Civil Defence payments can be made available for evacuated people. Talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

Work and income

  • If you don’t know if you can get help, or are finding supporting your family tricky: talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009. They may be able to help cover urgent or unexpected costs, living expenses, lost wages, benefits, and housing assistance.

Health and support

  • GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire-related appointments. For help accessing a GP call 03 543 7841
  • Wakefield Health Centre is in the Richmond community health hub (281 Queen St)
  • Or call the freephone Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Rural people can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
  • After hours and weekends: Medical and Injury Centre (Nelson) and in Motueka (Greenwood Health or The Doctors) Nelson Bays Primary Health. www.nbph.org.nz

Insurance

  • When you return to your property take photos and call your insurance company.

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For the most up to date information about the fires visit: Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website: www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement


Not sure who to talk to?  Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours)

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For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                        

If you may need to evacuate, try to move or prepare your animals beforehand.

If you need help with this, or if you have evacuated and had to leave your animals behind,
please call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4) with as much information as you can give them.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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John Shackleton: Manage stress

A presentation in Taranaki - watch the video!

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Author: Terri Anderson

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John Shackleton events in Stratford yesterday encouraged the audience to consider mindfulness (it's not scary) and breathing meditations to enable thoughts to be current and now. Our wiring needs to be changed so we stop thinking about things we have NO CONTROL over such as guilt over past events or anxiety about the future. After 21 days you will notice a big improvement in wellbeing. 

 

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Sam Whitelock promotes the 5 Ways to Wellbeing... Southland Rural Support Trust agrees

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