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

  • Bob Milne (Treasurer)
    1620 Arnold Valley Road, Aratika

 

News & Alerts

Drought tax relief measures

Tax relief and support measures extended to farmers in medium-scale drought areas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tax-relief-drought-affected-farmers

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/further-support-struggling-farmers.

 

Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/rural-assistance-lower-north-island-and-west-coast-drought-2018.html including Rural Assistance Payments.

Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.

Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families https://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/ so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.

Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members: https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx

MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.

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Protecting your farm from Mycoplasma bovis in drought-affected areas

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

With a number of farms in drought-affected areas, there is concern about the movement of animals for grazing or getting in supplementary feed from other regions.

The pdf has advice for keeping your farm safe. More infomrmation is available on MPI's website https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/#whatucando

 

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Drought classification extends to Grey and Buller

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/drought-classification-extends-grey-and-buller

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has extended the medium-scale adverse event classification to the drought-hit Grey and Buller districts of the South Island’s West Coast.

These are the first South Island additions to the medium-scale event, which was announced for regions of the lower North Island just before Christmas.

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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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