East Coast Rural Support Trust

East Coast Rural Support Trust

East Coast Rural Support Trust helps locals in tough times

The East Coast Rural Support Trust is a charitable trust operating in the East Coast Region. The trust is part of a nation wide network of Rural Support Trusts. 

We are set up to work with the rural community when times are tough on the farm or for your family.  We also assist during and after adverse events.  

The East Coast Trust operates in 4 geographical areas accross the region with a team in each area. The areas are Gisborne , Hawkes Bay, Tararua, and Wairarapa.

In each region we have an area coordinator and in turn they have access to additionl facilitators with a range of skills and backgrounds who we can call upon to assist if required. We are all rural people with local knowledge and experience.

Our service is free and confidential.

Email Us

Call East Coast Rural Support Trust now on 

0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) 

If calling by mobile please  select 2, then select 4 

then select 1 for Tairawhiti (Gisborne) 

select 2 for Hawkes Bay including Wairoa

select 3 for Tararua

select 4 for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley

Our People

Regional Coordinators (please double click on each photo for more details)

Our Trustees

  • Patrick Willock - Trustee (Gisborne) Email:   pwillock@xtra.co.nz
  • Hamish Cave - Trustee (Gisborne)
  • Jerry Greer - Trustee (Hawkes Bay) Email:  thebrow2015@gmail.com
  • Kevin Mitchell - Trustee (Hawkes Bay) Email:  kevrae@xtra.co.nz
  • Janine Swansson - Trustee (Tararua)
  • Simon Curran - Trustee (Tararua)
  • Clint Worthington - Chair & Trustee (Tararua) Email:  clint.worthington79@gmail.com
  • Lawrence Field - Trustee (Wairarapa) Email:  lf@ruralca.net.nz
  • Aidan Bichan - Trustee (Wairarapa) Email: abichan@xtra.co.nz
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0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

0508 467 869

NZ Young Farmers
0800 699 346

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Women's 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


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

You can make a donation via bank transfer to this account: 06 0613 0045236-00

NB: Please specify which if you wish for a particular region to receive your donation or leave blank

reference: Surname                 Particulars:  GIS, HB, TARA or WAI                  Code: Contact number

Thankyou for your kind donation.

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