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Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

A combination of financial pressures, flooding, employment issues and isolation took a toll on Southland farmers’ mental health at the end 2023.  

Southland Rural Support Trust wellness coordinator Rachael Nicholson says the organisation received 31 new cases between August and November, twice as many as in the same quarter a year before.  

January 12, 2024 0 Comments
FMG Spot Check Roadie with Melanoma New Zealand

FMG Spot Check Roadie with Melanoma New Zealand

The FMG Spot Check Roadie kicked off last year and visited four locations around the country, for the full results.  And this year they're heading out again with their partners Melanoma New Zealand. If you've got a spot you're concerned about, come and see them to get it checked and receive life-saving information to help you and your family look after...
October 20, 2023 0 Comments
The Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook

The Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook

The Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook provides lifestyle block owners with practical advice on how to make their property more resilient, and what to do in emergency events.

July 7, 2023 0 Comments
Cyclone Gabrielle: Group of southern farmers help out in Hawke’s Bay

Cyclone Gabrielle: Group of southern farmers help out in Hawke’s Bay

A group farmers travelled to Hawke's Bay armed with a fleet of vehicles and fencing equipment to help get some the regions farms back on track.

April 10, 2023 0 Comments
Shear 4 a Cause 24-hour Shearathon

Shear 4 a Cause 24-hour Shearathon

The Southland and Otago Rural Support Trusts were involved in this amazing event, which was held over Waitangi Weekend 2023.  

February 12, 2023 0 Comments
Managing Flystrike and Lice

Managing Flystrike and Lice

Effective prevention and treatment of flystrike and lice involves a multi-pronged approach. This booklet aims to provide you with the detail you need to: a) Understand the pests’ lifecycles and therefore the optimal time to target them, and b) The treatment options – chemical...
February 12, 2023 0 Comments
Fire Season Status

Fire Season Status

This map shows the fire season status as of 1pm Friday 27 January 2023.

Southern (Otago & Southland) Seasonal Employment Calendar

Southern (Otago & Southland) Seasonal Employment Calendar

This calendar is an amazing resource combining a huge amount of useful data into one essential tool for those seeking jobs in the south. It combines: regions; industries; pay rates; months; roles; number of staff...
Reducing Waste in your Community, Household and Farm

Reducing Waste in your Community, Household and Farm

Loads of tips and links on how to deal with used oil, wine bottle caps, scrap metal, light bulbs to farm containers.

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New events announced for "Checking-in" rural recovery project in the North Island

New events announced for "Checking-in" rural recovery project in the North Island

Several new ‘Checking-in’ events to support North Island rural communities impacted by last year’s adverse weather events have been announced for 2024.

February 12, 2024 0 Comments
Rural Support Trust sees nationwide increase in calls

Rural Support Trust sees nationwide increase in calls

Rural Support Trust National Chair Neil Bateup says this is only part of the story, ‘The Rural Support Trust profile has increased in our rural communities and with our team often being well known members of their local community they are regularly approached directly for assistance’.  Neil says that they are also seeing an increasing number of cases come...
January 30, 2024 0 Comments
Better Hunting - Free NZ hunting essentials eLearning

Better Hunting - Free NZ hunting essentials eLearning

Hunting wild game can be a great way to learn new skills, shrink your focus, slow down and make an achievable mission of something.

January 27, 2024 0 Comments
Ministers Doocey and Patterson Meet with Otago & Southland Rural Support Trusts

Ministers Doocey and Patterson Meet with Otago & Southland Rural Support Trusts

Farmers Weekley article - Matt Doocey hopes to partner with local groups to meet the mental health support need, as rural support trusts highlight “funding is not keeping pace with demand”.

January 25, 2024 0 Comments
9 things I wish everyone knew about grief…by Dr Lucy Hone

9 things I wish everyone knew about grief…by Dr Lucy Hone

Dr Lucy Hone is a Top 20 TED Talk of 2020; Global authority on resilience. Keynote Speaker, Best-selling Author, Award-winning 'pracademic', Media Commentator. Key topics include Coping with Loss; Resilient Grieving; Resilience.
January 23, 2024 0 Comments
National Lamb Day to be relaunched

National Lamb Day to be relaunched

Kiwis are being encouraged to crank up the barbecue this summer and enjoy New Zealand lamb.

January 19, 2024 0 Comments
Crafting More Than Sheds - The Shed Specialists partner with the Rural Support Trust

Crafting More Than Sheds - The Shed Specialists partner with the Rural Support Trust

In the heart of New Zealand’s thriving rural community lies a support network called Rural Support Trust, which fosters resilience and growth. As a shed-building business deeply involved in our...
GNS AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8) Exercise

GNS AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8) Exercise

Tuesday 5 December saw the Alpine Fault rupture with a magnitude 8 earthquake which could be felt all the way to Wellington. In Lower Hutt, some of NZ’s best geo-scientists and other teams dropped, covered,...
Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

A combination of financial pressures, flooding, employment issues and isolation took a toll on Southland farmers’ mental health at the end 2023.   Southland Rural Support Trust wellness coordinator...

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