Our People

To get help from the West Coast Rural Support Trust call our coordinator: 

Dianne Milne

1620 Arnold Valley Road, Aratika

Phone: (03) 738 0038 Cell 0274449916
Email: bob.milne@xtra.co.nz

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Dianne Milne - Chairperson/CoordinatorDianne Milne

Chairperson/Coordinator

A fourth generation West Coast farmer Dianne has been chairman of the West Coast Rural Support Trust since its inception in 1998 in response to "the big wet". Dianne has a reputation in championing causes of rural people and rural communities.

Involved with Federated Farmers since 1988. Chairman of West Coast Meat & Fibre Section for nine years, President of West Coast Province for four years from 2000 to 2004 and currently an executive member. Member of West Coast RAHC (now TbFree) for 12 years and a mentor to farmers in need within the region

Dianne and husband Bob were married in 1996 and have been farming at Aratika since 1981. 

Board of Trustees

  • John Clayton
    Waimunga, Ikamatua
  • John O'Connor
    Buller Gorge, Westport
  • Paul Berry
    Atarau
  • Carol Keoghan
    Sergeants Hill, Westport
  • Bede O’Connor
    Buller Gorge, Westport

Officers

  • Roger Brookes (Secretary)
    Pahautane, Westport
  • Bob Milne (Treasurer)
    1620 Arnold Valley Road, Aratika

 

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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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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Velvetleaf Biosecurity Alert

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.

However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.

If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.

If you find velvetleaf:

  • Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
  • Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
  • Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
  • Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
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