Taranaki Rural Support Trust

Taranaki Rural Support Trust

Our Vision:

Resilient, Prosperous, Healthy Taranaki Rural Communities

Our Mission is to:

Assist Taranaki rural people restore their livelihoods in the wake of adversity

We are part of a nationwide network, working with you, for issues related to climate adverse event or onfarm technical support, finances, professional or personal relationships and physical or mental health.

Experienced farmer Facilitators throughout the region will walk beside you, supporting your needs to put things back on track and improve outcomes for farm and family. 

Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.  

The Rural Support Team of Trustees and Facilitators are rural people with local knowledge who understand the challenges of rural life. 



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Call Taranaki Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

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Our People

Taranaki's Board consists of eight volunteer Trustees.

The Trust has 63 volunteer Facilitators across the region with experience and skills to support Adverse Events, Community Events and one-on-one support.

The Trust employs a Coordinator, Marcia Paurini (Coordinator@trst.org.nz) an Events Coordinator, Phoebe Hall (events@trst.org.nz) and an Administrator, Jenni (office.admin@trst.org.nz) 


04 Nov 2021
Covid-19 Industry working group have developed this Checklist for Farmers - supporting your investment should you, your family or one of your workers become a positive Covid-19 case. Your...
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Resilience Strategies for Coping .

A practical guide from 2 NZ Doctors for all stressors - not just Coronavirus

25 Aug 2021

Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping

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Wellbeing Apps

Great apps to help you heal.

04 Aug 2021

With Covid 19 among our shores, Minsitry of Health have launched these apps to support your anxiety, lack of sleep and other stress outcomes. Heal yourself by healing your condition.

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The Woolshed Tour - Kohunui, Mangamingi

Kohunui, 1840 Rawhitiroa Road, Mangamingi, Eltham

3/31/2022 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Since 2012 The Woolshed Tour has been a highlight on rural calendars, bringing a riotous night of entertainment to well over 100 woolsheds. Spring 2021 sees the smash-hit Woolshed Tour return with...
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Good Yarn Workshops - Taranaki

11/1/2021 12:00 PM

A free, facilitator-led 2 hour workshop on Mental Health Awareness to support community members watch out for and speak easily to those who don't appear to be doing so well.


Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...

Regional Links

Taranaki Regional Council

South Taranaki District Council

Stratford District Council

New Plymouth District Council

Taranaki Rural Support Trust Facebook page


Documents to support wellbeing

3 Most Important Words - Adam Piandes is 39, living on his parents couch "Breakdowns can create breakthroughs"

4 Taranaki Farmers share their journey  - The late John White, Mark Henderson, A J Clothier, John Herlihy share their stories of depression on-farm. 

5 Grief States - words and thoughts to help the stage of grief you are experiencing. 

5 ways to Wellbeing - 

7 tips for a good nights sleep

A Guide to Coping with Death and Grief

Anger within Depression and Practise of Self Compassion

Anxiety - symptoms and causes

Abusive Workplace - Its not okay to be yelled at or abused

A test for both depression and anxiety - John Kirwan's depression website. 

Bottled Up Pain doesn't go away - recommend this article by Jamie Allen,Taranaki Retreat

Burnout in the Digital Age - Insights on what burnout is, and how to balance workplace stress with career progression.

Diagnosing Depression - Good information in this UK site

Debt and Mental Health -  Debt is key source of stress and this UK site has good information

Depression - what do I say? What do I do? - how to help someone

How Dogs can Help with Mental Health

Marc Gascoignes Story of Depression

Match Fit - a TV3 documentary that explores topics of physical and mental health obstacles for retired All Blacks.

Mental Health Foundation - free resources (download) how to talk to youth about suicide 

Practical Financial Skills to Managing Money

Practical Tips following Suicide of loved one - practical support from Ministry of Youth 

Shearing for Michael - 20 minute interview with all those involved at the 24 hour shearathon raising awareness and money for Suicide 

Sleeping Well in the Digital Age - This resource highlights the correlation between light and the brain and how it negatively impacts sleep pattern

Substance Abuse and Suicide - resource with information about substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide prevention.

Suicide survivors Stories - Gayle King of CBS This morning talks to 5 people who attempted suicide.  

Understanding Young Men's experience of Suicide - researcher Dr Chris Bowden interview.


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 voluntary Charitable Trust and welcome donations to support Taranaki Rural Families.

You can make a donation to Taranaki Rural Support Trust:

TSB, New Plymouth Account : 15 3953 0644749 00

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