Our Trust is about rural people helping rural people during difficult times - no matter what or when

Our facilitators are skilled in assisting rural people through adverse events such as flooding, drought, snowstorms; as well as financial, animal welfare, and personal crises.

Our Trust is well-connected to rural networks, rural professionals, Civil Defence, and local and central government agencies, so we are well-placed to get things done that might be difficult for individuals.

More specifically we:

Help during and following an adverse weather event

We are directly linked into local Civil Defence, can provide you with information, and can assist you in getting emergency or on-going help. This may include movement of stock, financial and/or family support, labour or other needs during or following an adverse event.

Facilitate and advocate

Our coordinators can help facilitate your conversations with financial organisations, government agencies, and farm management consultancies.

Offer support during personal, environmental, and/or financial difficulties

Our facilitators are trained to help find options to manage these types of rural challenges. Sometimes all that's needed is someone to have a chat with. Or, we may facilitate a referral to the right professional help: financial and farm management, mentoring or counselling.

News & Alerts

STARTING THE CONVERSATION

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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FARM MUSIC

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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WELLBEING APPS

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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Categories: Taranaki

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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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