Our People

We have seven Trustees currently on our Board and a Coordinator.

We have a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations through our Facilitators who are a mix of current and ex-farmers, and other occupations and skills connected to the farming industry. They are strategically located throughout the Taranaki Region, and our Coordinator knows the skills, experience and capability of each and will suggest the Facilitator best suited to assist in resolving your specific problem. Trustees ensure that Facilitators receive up-to-date training ensuring a confidential, quality service is provided.

Our Trust is well-connected with rural networks, rural professionals and other agencies who are well-placed to support you through. 

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Rural Support Trust Office
15 Young Street
New Plymouth

Please phone the 0800 number or complete our contact form.

 Marcia Paurini 


  022 679 0120


  Joined the Trust in Aprl 2015 and uses her experience from time in BNZ (7 years) & Inland Revenue (25 years)

Board of Trustees

Mike Green


Mike is experienced in the agriculture industry through roles at PGG Wrightsons, RD1.

Mike is currently a Fonterra Area Manager for Ward 19. 



Graeme Hight


Graeme previously held roles as Federated Farmers Executive holding the Dairy portfolio.

He has been a Trustee since the Trust's inception in 2007 and has retired from his farm at Toko. 


‚ÄčJoe Clough 


Joe works for PGG Wrightsons and has a prominent role in dairy research and development on the regions' farms, particularly the Waimate West Demonstration Farm.

He is Chair of Civil Defence Rural Advisory Group and MPI liaison during Adverse Events. 


Mark Hooper


Mark is a dairy farmer from Lepperton and holds the position of Taranaki Provincial President for Federated Farmers. He is a member of the National Council and the National Dairy Executive. He is on the national LIC Sharemilker Council 

Mark Utting


Mark is a Thomson O'Neill lawyer working in their Eltham Office after leaving is own practice in Auckland 2008. He holds a NZ Diploma in NZ Trusts and Estates with expertise in multi-generational estate planning. Mark is also an Associate Member of STEP and Secretary of the Estate and Taxation Planning Council. 


Amanda Jordan


Amanda is a 5th generation Jersey farmer with her husband Greg on their 200 ha farm, leasing another 100ha on the Egmont National park boundary. Amanda is Chair of the Taranaki Council of TB Free and was on Federated Farmers executive committee in 2018/19. She is passionate about farming, Bio Security compliance and caring for the environment. The couple have planted 49km of stream banks in the Mangamahoe catchment. She can see New Plymouth and cowshed lights dotted beneath her farm leading to the question "why would I want to be anywhere else?". 


 Daniel Butler


Daniel has experience as a young man on parents dairy farm, a Manager of Corrections in Porirua and most recently a Senior Agri Manager for LIC







News & Alerts


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

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia

Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness he created the artwork called "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 brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their wellbeing. 


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The Hills of Taranaki are alive with music ###

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Author: Marcia

The sounds of rural Taranaki will be brought to life playfully and surprisingly by a collaboration of participants in Farm Music. Read on or 

If you would like to find out more, or join the project, please email the Producer Sally Barnett at sally@flock.nz or join the Facebook group Farm Music Taranaki https://www.facebook.com/groups/farmmusictaranaki/about/

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Keep yourself psychologically safe with the apps introduced on Day 20 of Covid-19 Lockdown

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Author: Marcia
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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

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

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)


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