Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust

Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust

Our Vision: Supporting and strengthening Bay of Plenty rural people and their communities through challenging times

The Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation set up to work with the rural community when times are tough on the farm or in the family. They are also part of a nationwide network of rural support trusts that assist rural individuals and communities during and after extreme weather and other adverse events. The Trust is there to help rural individuals and communities get back on their feet whether it’s from adverse event, biosecurity, or financial, animal welfare, health and wellbeing or personal challenges. The Trust is well connected with rural networks, rural professionals, health providers, Civil Defence, local and central Government agencies - making the Trust well placed to help. 

The Trust’s 0800 help line which is overseen by experienced Facilitators will help choose the right person to assist in resolving the challenge at hand. The Trust Facilitators are located throughout the region- they are rural people with local knowledge and experience. The Facilitator will travel to where they are needed, contact is one on one at a place that suits the individual.

Our services are free and confidential.

Contact us today on 0800 787 254, or complete the contact form on this page to email us in confidence.

Email Us

Call Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

If calling from a mobile phone please select  1 and then select  3 to be connected to BOP


Our People

Rural Support Trust are rural people and professionals that work directly with you to overcome challenges. Meet some of our team below:

Maia Warren - Trustee

Mary McTavish - Trustee/Rural Women NZ

Paul Edkins - Trustee/ Fruitgrowers Association

Brent Mountfort - Trustee/BOP Federated Farmers

Barry Roberts - Trustee

Sandy Scarrow - Trustee

Darryl Jensen - Trustee

Have you been to Surfing For Farmers?

Have you been to Surfing For Farmers?

This is Surfing For Farmers biggest fund raiser for the charity.

By purchasing some merchandise, you are helping to ensure that this initiative continues to provide the break our farmers and growers need from the pressures of making a life from the land.

January 29, 2023 0 Comments
Time Out Tour - Taupō, Waikato

Time Out Tour - Taupō, Waikato

Through captivating storytelling, Matt shares the good, the bad, and the questionable experiences he’s faced on his unpredictable journey to date, and the little things he’s learnt along the way. 

3/1/2023 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM 0 Comments
Farmer Wellbeing Hub Launched in Pukehina, Bay of Plenty

Farmer Wellbeing Hub Launched in Pukehina, Bay of Plenty

Tell us about the hub. What’s the set-up? Basically, we’ve lined a big shed behind my house with ply and filled it with gym gear, weights and machines, so local farmers can get together and work out no matter what the weather’s doing. We used to have a smaller area, but we outgrew that, so we had a working bee and made over one of our workshops....
December 19, 2022 0 Comments
Rural Riders - Mountain biking for our rural community in Taupo, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Mt Hutt and Manawatu.

Rural Riders - Mountain biking for our rural community in Taupo, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Mt Hutt and Manawatu.

Rural Riders is back!! Come along with your family and friends to your local free Rural Riders event this summer!

Bring your mountain or e-bike and enjoy an hour or two on the track with a nice cold refreshment to finish.

November 8, 2022 0 Comments

Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...


0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

0508 467 869 

NZ Young Farmers
03 344 2473

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Womens Network
0800 396 748

0800 482 463


0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)

0800 376 633

0800 726 666

Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline
0800 654 655

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ

Donations to the Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust are gratefully accepted

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

All donations will be used to support your rural community.


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With thanks to our principal sponsors
Thanks to our Time Out Tour partners