Our People

Seeking help early can reduce issues before they become unmanageable, be they weather or environmental related, financial, or personal. If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust :

 

Frances Beeston

Wellness Coordinator

Mobile: (027) 878 7254
Email: rst.midcanterbury@gmail.com

 

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Baird

Response and Recovery Coordinator

Allan Baird - Coodinator

Allan has an extensive rural background ranging from working on a number of Canterbury farms in his younger days through to 10 years with MAF in Ashburton. Allan has been involved in rural emergency response activities since the 1973 South Canterbury snow storm. He also carried out damage assessments for MAF following the 1986 South Canterbury floods.

Allan was instrumental in establishing the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust in 1991. With Allan as coordinator from its inception, the Trust has responded effectively to a number of rural adverse events in the intervening years.

Allan Baird

Phone: (03) 308 7594
Mobile: (027) 435 0141
Email: allan.baird@xtra.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

  • Peter Reveley
    Chairperson
    Farmer
  • Allan Baird
    Trustee and Response & Recovery Coordinator
    Computer consultant
  • Sue Baird
    Trustee
    Self Employed
  • Don Geddes
    Trustee
    Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer 
  • Marg Verrall
    Trustee
    Farmer
  • Cole Groves
    Trustee
    Farmer
  • Josh Dondertman
    Trustee
    Farmer

News & Alerts

Help Mid Canterbury Farmers

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Author: AllanBaird

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Givealittle page to help Flood Devasted Canterbury Farmers

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Author: AllanBaird

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

GiveaLittle Page to help flood-devastated Canterbury farmers and their animals Funds will go directly to providing feed and seed for pasture

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Flood Response Information

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Author: AllanBaird
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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 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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