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The Top Six Inches - breaking the mental unwellness stigma by starting a conversation

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia

Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness he created the artwork called "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their wellbeing. 

 

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FLOODING TOP OF SOUTH 2021

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Monday, July 26, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

There is a lot of cleanup work to be completed for farmers and lifestylers in the Marlborough/Tasman area after the recent flooding. This may include the removal of debris from fences, refencing, cleaning of culverts and drains and much more.

For those needing volunteer assistance please register your needs here https://bit.ly/3x3X3lI

If you can offer assistance register here: https://bit.ly/3y6Qy2D

If you need feed: https://bit.ly/3x6aYYr

If you need grazing: https://bit.ly/3i1by5q

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FLOODING

TOP OF THE SOUTH JULY 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

On the weekend of the 17th July 2021 areas in Marlborough and Tasman were hit hard by substantial flooding. Many areas include farming communities that have not only lost stock but now face many months of cleanup, feed shortages, pasture renewal and infrastructure repairs. For those in the initial stages, attached is a checklist supplied by Beef+LambNZ. 

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EXPANSION OF DROUGHT SUPPORT SERVICES 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

The Government has announced it will expand its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions.

An extra $900,000 has been allocated to help farmers, with the current large-scale adverse event expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago.

The move will ensure feed support services can continue, animals are well cared for and that extra wellbeing assistance will be available to more farmers affected by drought.

Recovery and resilience coordinators will be employed to help coordinate support between Rural Support Trusts and industry groups, enabling affected communities to bounce back quicker.

You can read the Minister’s media release here (See attachment):

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-damien-oconnor

Updated drought classification maps can be found on MPI’s website:

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/.../dealing-with-drought-conditions/

Current situation:

Large-scale adverse event classification for drought

Region/district

Added to the classification, with extra support until 30 November 2021.

Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago regions.

Support extended until 30 November 2021.

Marlborough, North Canterbury, and the Chatham Islands.

Support continued until 30 June 2021, when it will be reviewed.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, and Tasman regions, and ManawatÅ«, RangitÄ«kei, and Tararua districts.

Below are some details you may find useful:

Which regions have been added to the large-scale adverse event classification?

The area covered by the large-scale adverse event classification has been expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago. Those regions are extremely dry and need extra recovery and wellbeing support.

Which areas will receive extra drought support until 30 November 2021?

At this stage it will be Marlborough, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, and the Chatham Islands.

Why are some areas being removed from the large-scale adverse event classification?

The Taranaki region, and Ruapehu and Whanganui districts, will be formally taken out of the large-scale adverse event classification on 30 June 2021. Those areas have received good rainfall, soil moisture levels have recovered and they no longer require extra support.

What will the extension mean for farmers?

It will enable affected farmers to continue to acc

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STARTING THE CONVERSATION

The Top Six Inches - breaking the mental unwellness stigma by starting a conversation

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia

Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness he created the artwork called "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their wellbeing. 

 

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #17 - 2 April 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Author: JodieCraig
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GoodYarn Workshop coming to Galatea

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #16

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Author: JodieCraig

What a year it has already been! With changes in Covid-19 alert levels and what mother nature has thrown our way it is a timely reminder to keep track of our mind health. In this months rural newsletter the Rural Connect you will find good resources for self-help tools and apps.

 

Are you a tenant or landlord? Do you have livestock or excess food to help out community organisations? See this and more in the Rural Connect.  

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #15 - 5 February 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Author: JodieCraig

Attached is the first newsletter of the year, it takes into consideration the upcoming changes to tax rates, the effect of heat and humidity on workers and businesses, along with new Bluetooth Covid-19 tracing and consideration for our amazing honey bees. 

We hope you enjoy this month’s edition and look forward to seeing you out and about this year.

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #14

Friday, December 11, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Bay of Plenty Rural Connect Issue #13

Saturday, October 10, 2020

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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 - Issue #12

Friday, September 11, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 - Issue #11

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 - Issue #10

Friday, July 17, 2020

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