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.



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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
  • Penny Smart - Professional
Cyclone Gabrielle - Farmer and Grower Recovery Grants 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle - Farmer and Grower Recovery Grants 2023

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has $51 million to help farmers and growers, including whenua Māori owners, to recover from Cyclone Gabrielle. This funding is intended to assist farmers and growers in getting back to productivity as quickly as possible.

March 18, 2023 0 Comments
Hugo Charitable Trust donates to the Rural Support Trust

Hugo Charitable Trust donates to the Rural Support Trust

The Trustees of the Hugo Charitable Trust recently donated $50,000 to the Rural Support Trust National Ooffice, to distribute to the areas and farmers most affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

March 17, 2023 0 Comments
DairyNZ offering one-on-one help

DairyNZ offering one-on-one help

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle told Dairy News they have been busy updating all the material they have to help farmers through the coming weeks and months.

March 8, 2023 0 Comments
Events on in March and April 2023

Events on in March and April 2023

Events planned in affected Cyclone Gabrielle Regions for March & April 2023

March 7, 2023 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