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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Dry summer support

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author: Marcia

The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week.

Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale.

What farmers need to do now

Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of current conditions and warm temperatures driving high evapotranspiration. It will take significant rainfall to slow down or reverse the dry conditions. 

That it is so dry so early in the season may further limit your options, or create uncertainty, such as decisions on which animals to sell or cull.

In many locations stock feed in the form of hay and silage is lower than normal due to the wet winter and spring. You need to understand your local situation and factor these delays in your planning.

Tips from farmers who have managed their way through past dry spells:

  •  Review the technical information from your industry bodies on managing in dry weather.
  • Do a feed budget.
  • Make a plan and set trigger points to make decisions or take action: Dates, stock condition, feed availability; Once a day milking, drying off, culling early.  Ensure relevant contract partners agree with the plan. When those points or times hit, enact your plan.
  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and soil moisture levels, especially on your own farm as it can vary from your neighbours’. (NIWA is useful).
  • Use water efficiently and plan for water restrictions. Check irrigation consents for any triggers that will require you to make changes to usage.
  • Ensure bores are well maintained and make contingency plans in case supply fails.
  • Look after your animals and regularly check their condition.
  • Make decisions for slaughter well in advance and book space in time (since killing space may be in high demand in your area)
  • Be vigilant on very hot days. Animals cannot be left for much time with no shade or access to water.
  • Be aware of increased risk of fire and take precautions
  • Talk to your bank, accountants and other advisors, seek their advice, and ask for help if you need it.        
  • Your Rural Support Trust is here to help. If you need to get pointed in the right direction for advice or information, are concerned about a friend, a neighbour, a worker…. or just need a private chat, their services are free & confidential. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) or visit www.rural-support.org.nz.

This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.

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Myrtle Rust

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Author: Marcia

Myrtle rust find in new region

MPI Media Release Date: 

A positive detection of myrtle rust has been made in the Waikato region. This new find, along with a further 3 properties in Taranaki, brings the total number of confirmed infected properties to 16 nationally.

People can report any suspected signs of myrtle rust to MPI's Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Do not touch the rust or the plant. Note the location and take photos of the symptoms and the plant.
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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...
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Farmer Day Out - Archery Wars

Hautapu Rugby Club, 26 March. Games start 11am.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Minimum pain, maximum fun 

This activity is a perfect mix of the agility of dodgeball and the precision aim of paintball, with a few bows and foam tipped arrows thrown in for good measure! 

 

Get involved or come along and watch. 

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Rural Race Day

Thursday 18 March 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

 

Don't miss out on this high-speed go-karting fun day out. 

 

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Rural Community BBQs

Enjoy lunch on us..

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

We grill, you get to chill...

 

Bring your workmates, neighbours, family and farming friends to a relaxed lunch. . 

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GoodYarn Workshops

Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

A free, short workshop that gives you practical tools and confidence to take to rural people about mental health. 

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Surfing for Farmers

Raglan starting 16 December 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater
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School Colouring Competition

This one is for the kids!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Download and print our colouring competition to be in to win - and a prize pack for your school. 

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Step up For Farming

Search Step up For Farming on Facebook or email events@ruralsupport.org.nz for updates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Connect, be active, try something new, take notice and give are all great ways to support your wellbeing.   Step Up for Farming is about getting out and about and taking steps towards your wellbeing. 

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Craft-a-noon Tea

Thursday 8 October

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater
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Take Time to Thrive without feeling guilty

With Loshni Manikam

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater
Facilitator Loshni Manikam, who is also a farming woman and a mum of 3 sometimes-lovely children, has set-up Thriving Farming Women to help other women identify and overcome the hurdles that get in the way of them thriving. Loshni has overcome some of the same hurdles herself and loves sharing the lessons she has learnt along the way. She is a trained coach and facilitator whose work...
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