Northland Rural Support Trust

Northland Rural Support Trust

Our vision: Supporting connected, empowered and resilient rural communities in Te Tai Tokerau Northland 

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 your 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

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Our People

Trustees

  • Chris Neill, Chair - Rural Professional 
  • Michelle Ruddell, Deputy Chair/ Secretary - Farming 
  • Andrew Drysdale, Treasurer - Rural Professional 
  • Ann Kearney - Farming 
  • Neil MacMillan - Farming 
  • Georgie McGarry - Rural Finance 
  • Nicole Sorensen - Rural Professional  

Starting the conversation...

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

16 Jun 2021
To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness, Taranaki born and bred artist Paul Rangiwahia created "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...
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Drought support expanded as dry conditions bite along the east coast

Media Release: Hon Damien O’Connor

10 May 2021
The Government will boost its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. An extra $900,000 of funding will be used to help farmers around the country,...
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Dealing with drought conditions

MPI Update: 28th April 2021

28 Apr 2021
Help is available to farmers, growers, and their families during drought and in the recovery period. 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...
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Feed planning service for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier

02 Apr 2021

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

Find out how it works...

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Managing through drought

Advice for rural people

14 Feb 2021

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.

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Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...

National

DairyNZ
0800 4 324 7969
www.dairynz.co.nz

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466
www.beeflambnz.com

HORTNZ
0508 467 869
www.hortnz.co.nz 

NZ Young Farmers
03 344 2473
www.youngfarmers.co.nz

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646
www.fedfarm.org.nz

Dairy Womens Network
0800 396 748
www.dwn.co.nz

Ospri/Nait
0800 482 463
www.ospri.co.nz

 

Lifeline
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

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ

Donations

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 transfer as follows:
BNZ Whangarei, 02-0492-0084131-00, ref: Donation

Email coordinator@rstnorthland.co.nz for a receipt


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