Rural people for rural people

The 14 RSTs around the country are independent charitable trusts.

They agreed the formation of the National Council in 2017 to represent them nationally.

Rural Support Trusts operate independently in their areas, staffed by local people who really know their local communities.

All Trusts have trained facilitators who can assist rural people with a range of issues. The facilitators are all local people who know the area and the farming or growing industries, and much of their work is helping sometimes isolated rural communities keep connected and build morale when the going is tough.

The National Council provides a single point of contact for other national organisations and the Government, and helps the different regions share resources and experience.

The Trusts and National Council work closely with MPI, which provides partial funding, along with their own fundraising work.

About Rural Support Trusts

  • Rural Support Trusts provide free and confidential assistance to farmers and growers facing challenges; climate, financial or personal.  They are well-placed to point people in the right direction for further advice and help.
  • Some Rural Support Trusts have been around since the 1980s to provide support on hardship or assistance in adverse events, such as the Otago RST. Others, like Taranaki, have been set up out of Federated Farmers. A number of Trusts, such as Northland, were formed or strengthened with (then) MAF’s assistance after the On-Farm Adverse Events Recovery Framework came into effect in 2007.
  • Government has recently provided extra funding to Rural Support Trusts to improve access to mental health support in the rural community. Coordinators have been trained to recognise and manage signs of depression or extreme stress, and are connected to rural health professionals.
  • Call 0800 RURAL HELP - for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances; or a neighbour, partner, friend, family member, or worker. 

News & Alerts

Managing through drought

Advice for rural people

Friday, February 14, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

For all drought information refer to Northland Regional Council: 0800 002 004                 

https://www.nrc.govt.nz/environment/drought/

https://bewaterwise.org.nz/

https://www.nrc.govt.nz/environment/drought/where-to-find-help-in-northland/

We all know that droughts can be long and relentless. Look after yourself, family, employees, and keep an eye on your neighbours.

Talk to trusted advisors and those who have survived this before, and make use of the help or support.

Irrigation

Livestock

  • Have a robust and realistic plan and trigger points to take actions. Decisions should be made for animal welfare and farm profitability.
  • Do a feed budget and stick to it, while feeding stock as well as possible.
  • Destocking? Book in as early as possible; in some areas there can be delays of several weeks.

Concerns about your animals? 

 

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Southern flooding

updates for rural

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

For information about general help check this flyer:

Useful contacts

General information and assistance:

  • Government helpline on 0800 779 997 from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekend.

Animal welfare concerns

Industry body recovery information

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Awanui - Wednesday February 26

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author: Julie Jonker


 

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2020 Northland Drought

Where to find help

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Donations

We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue supporting our Rural Families.

You can make a donation to Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust in the following way:

Bank Transfer:
ANZ Bank 06-0317-0805560-01, ref: Donation

Please email us for a receipt.