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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
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...
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...

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Hawke's Bay Rural Support Trust excited about their new 2024 Triton VRX

Hawke's Bay Rural Support Trust excited about their new 2024 Triton VRX

**HUGE THANK YOU TO WAYNE KIRK MOTOR GROUP!** We are incredibly grateful to Wayne Kirk Motor Group for their generous support in supplying us with a brand new 2024 Triton VRX! Your contribution will greatly benefit our work and the rural community in Hawkes Bay. Thank you for standing by us and helping us make a positive difference. We look forward to continuing our...
June 3, 2024 0 Comments
Farm without Harm - Safety Alerts

Farm without Harm - Safety Alerts

May 30, 2024 0 Comments
Woolworths customers give $250K for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery

Woolworths customers give $250K for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery

 The funds were donated by customers over the past year, including funds donated specifically for cyclone and weather event relief.

May 25, 2024 0 Comments
SMART Goals - produced by Kathryn Wright, Registered Counsellor

SMART Goals - produced by Kathryn Wright, Registered Counsellor

It can be quite complicated to set and stick to goals – let’s take a look at how you can find the right goals for you, and how to make it more likely that you will succeed.

Before we crack into finding appropriate goals for you, let’s set apart two types of goals, both equally as important, as one provides the basis for the other.

May 10, 2024 0 Comments
Velvetleaf Weed Management

Velvetleaf Weed Management

Biosecurity New Zealand want your help to stop its spread.

Find out what you can do, and get up-to-date information on the situation.

May 9, 2024 0 Comments
Getting through this Dry Period

Getting through this Dry Period

We all know dry spells and droughts can be long and relentless. Now is the time to seek help and plan for the next few months. There are a range of options available to support you practically, financially, mentally, and help you maintain the welfare of your livestock.

May 2, 2024 0 Comments
Rural Change Wellbeing Programme to merge with Rural Support Trust

Rural Change Wellbeing Programme to merge with Rural Support Trust

The Rural Change programme which provided free private mental health professional sessions to the rural industry

Can you tune into a radio station if you have a power cut?

Can you tune into a radio station if you have a power cut?

It's important to know the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency. 

𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀

𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀

We know it’s incredibly tough right now with large parts of the country currently farming through drought conditions and feed shortages.

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