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.

We're also working alongside other agencies and rural service providers to support and provide guidance to our farmers around the unfolding Covid-19 situation.  Scroll to the help and resources section below to access useful links that can help set you up to be prepared if you or a worker tested positive for the virus.

Email Us

Call Northland Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

then select option #1, then option #1

Our People


  • 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  

How to manage and support your team on farm during COVID19

What if someone on-farm gets or is exposed to COVID19? Do you have a plan for on your farm?

03 Sep 2021
DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ have both created resources on their websites on how to deal with supporting your farm team if you get a case of COVID19. Photo credit: NZ Farm Life Media
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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...
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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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