We support rural people through tough times.
We are part of a nationwide network which helps rural people and their families during and after extreme weather or events which affect your livelihoods. This includes pastoral farming, forestry horticulture and other land based activities.
The Trust has access to networks, services, and government funding following an adverse event to help you get back on your feet. Our members are rural people who have faced the challenges that rural life brings. Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.
We all know that droughts can be long and relentless. Look after yourself, family, employees and keep an eye on your neighbours.
Talk to trusted advisors and those who have survived this before, and make use of the help or support offered. The drought has been affecting Northland for some time and this is stressful while we wait for rain
Thinking About Destocking?
Talk to your local stock agent. Book as early as possible; space at meat plants remains tight due to the Covid-19 disruption with shipping and markets.
Thinking About Feed?
In many regions, drought and the effects of COVID-19 have combined to create feed pressure for farmers. Now is the time to seek help and plan for the next few months. If buying feed - act early. Order supplementary feed now while some is available.
Feed coordinators help connect farmers with available feed sources. They coordinate offers and requests, working with primary sector groups and trusts. To access this service, it is strongly advised that you have a feed plan in place. People answering the toll-free numbers listed can help you with that for free. Find out more about the feed coordination service.
Rural Support Trusts can take people’s details and email the National Feed coordinators directly.
Thinking About Animal Welfare?
Check out the information leaflet MPI has put together about looking after your animals through drought:
- Have a robust and realistic plan and trigger points to take actions. Decisions should be made for animal welfare and farm profitability.
- Do a feed budget and stick to it, while feeding stock as well as possible.
- Concerns about your animals?
Other useful links:
Thinking About Income?
For help with IRD, Work and Income and Working for Families go to:
Thinking About a Bore?
Contact your local council for help expediting any processes you may need to follow:
Support available: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/12312-farmer-support-toolkit-2016
COVID-19 is affecting us all. In our rural community it is making our challenges even harder. Call us for support or advice.
For up to date information on COVID-19 follow this link https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
For information about what and who are essential services, what you need to do and how to do it, how to transport stock. Plus other FAQs follow this link: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/covid-19-information-and-advice/
Health and Wellbeing
Here are some questions that can help you get through:
- Am I getting enough sleep?
- Am I talking to someone about what’s on my mind?
- Am I eating well and keeping physically active?
- Am I having down-time to recharge?
- Do I have a list of what is realistic to achieve today?
Using these questions can lock in small changes to make a big difference - see www.farmstrong.co.nz for more useful information and resources.
For a chat or yarn with someone familiar with the challenges of rural life, give us a call on 0800 787 254.
Or free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
- Lifeline - Call 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)
- Youthline - 0800 376 633
- Samaritans - 0800 726 666
- Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797
- Gambling Helpline: 0800 654 655