Northland Rural Support Trust

Northland Rural Support Trust

Our vision: Supporting connected, empowered and resilient rural communities 

The Northland Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation set up to work with rural communities when times get tough - ranging from biosecurity and employment issues to financial, animal welfare, and health and wellbeing challenges. 

We're also part of a nationwide network which helps rural people and their families during and after extreme weather or events which affect livelihoods. This includes pastoral farming, forestry, horticulture and other land-based activities.

The Trust has access to rural networks and professionals, health services and providers, local and central government agencies, and Civil Defence, allowing us to be well placed to assist in times of need.

Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.  Our experienced team of facilitators are rural people with local knowledge who have faced the challenges that rural life brings.



Email Us

Call Northland Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

then select option #1, then option #1

Our People


  • Michelle Ruddell, Chair - Farming 
  • Neil MacMillan, Deputy Chair - Farming  
  • Andrew Drysdale, Treasurer - Rural Professional 
  • Helen Moodie, Secretary - Rural Professional  
  • Ann Kearney - Farming 
  • Lyn Cheyne - Professional  
  • Penny Smart - Professional
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
Support for flood-impacted farmers and growers in the Far North

Support for flood-impacted farmers and growers in the Far North

The Ministry for Primary Industries has allocated $30,000 of adverse events funding to help farmers and growers recover from the heavy rain and flooding in August.

September 15, 2022 0 Comments
Support for storm stricken farmers in Top of South and Far North

Support for storm stricken farmers in Top of South and Far North

Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has classified severe weather that affected farmers and growers in the Top-of-the-South and the Far North District as a medium-scale adverse event, unlocking Government support

August 22, 2022 0 Comments
Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers  Goldpine visited Midway Beach in Gisborne for a chance to check out the well-being initiative, Surfing for Farmers. Founded by Gisborne-local Stephen Thomson in 2018, Surfing for Farmers now host events in 21 locations across New Zealand.
July 21, 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


We are a charitable trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue
supporting our rural communities.

You can make a donation via bank deposit to:
BNZ Whangarei, 02-0492-0084131-00 and click here to request a receipt.

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