North Canterbury Rural Support Trust

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust helps locals in tough times

The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide network supporting farmers and their families through tough times.

The Trust has access to networks, services and government funding and can help people navigate their financial and personal challenges, or assist during climatic adverse events like drought, flood, or heavy snow.

Free and confidential assistance is available through the Trust’s Area Reps / Facilitators who, like you, are rural people who have themselves faced the challenges rural life brings.  Contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you. 

The North Canterbury Rural Support Trust is a charitable trust that encompasses the five District councils of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Christchurch, including Banks Peninsula.

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Call North Canterbury Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

Calling from a cell phone? Select Option #3, #4, #1

Calling from a landline? You will immediately be directed to the Duty Coordinator

Our People



Gayle Litchfield (Chair), Noel McGirr (Vice Chair), Hugh Eaton (Vice Chair), Andy Munro, Dorothy Stewart, Neil Smith, Richard Friedman


Doug Archbold, Grant McFadden

Area Representatives and Facilitators


Jodie Hoggard, Sonseeahray Laugesen, Tony Blunt


Andy Munro, Ben Chaffey, Bruce Black, Jane Black, Jen Le Pine, Karen Forrester, Lyn Crean, Mandy Burrows, Noel McGirr, Suz Mowat




Barbara McLeod, Bruce Rolls, Don Hayes, Gayle Litchfield, Lynda Clark, Sue Cumberworth, Sue Lalich, Richard Friedman

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula:

Doug Archbold, Grant McFadden, Hugh Eaton, Leo Fietje, Neil Smith, Pam Richardson, Tony Chaston

Pie Day Friday

10/1/2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Pie Day Friday at the Famous Pie Shop in Sheffield

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Farmstrong Comedy Night Show Sheffield

10/14/2021 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Get off the farm for a night and enjoy an all star line up. R18 event.

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Farmstrong Comedy Night Show Omihi

10/15/2021 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Get off the Farm for the night and enjoy an all-star line up. R18 event.  

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Ladies Lunch

10/12/2021 1:00 PM - 11/22/2021 3:30 PM

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust and Rural Women NZ are hosting a Rural ladies lunch to show our appreciation in the following areas. Kaikoura,Hurunui, Selwyn,Waimakariri, Banks Peninsula

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Surfing for Farmers

30 Aug 2021
Surfing for Farmers is an initiative that is helping improve mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand rural communities. Launched in Gisborne in 2018 by Stephen Thomson, people around the country have seen the success of the Gisborne model, and reached out to replicate the programme into 21...
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Upcoming Local Events

Ladies Lunch

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust and Rural Women NZ are hosting a Rural ladies lunch to show our appreciation in the following areas. Kaikoura,Hurunui, Selwyn,Waimakariri, Banks Peninsula

Help and resources available to you...


North Canterbury Rural Support Trust Brochure (PDF)

Farmstrong: Live Well, Farm Well

MPI flyer for farmers getting through tough time

MPI funding and rural support 

Rural Assistance Payments - Work and Income

Waimakariri District Council

Resources - documents to support wellbeing

The Wise Group To create fresh possibilities and services for the well being of people, organisations and communities

Inclusive Aoteraroa Promoting health and awareness to feel like you belong.

Ministry of Health Getting through loss  and grief together in Covid 19

Communicating for Diversity Resources Managing cultural communication

Mentemia Led by Sir John Kirwan, get a boost to your mental well being.

Ministry of Education Covid Information 

Asian Family Services

Mental health - living rurally 

Suicide Crisis Helpline

Call 1737  

Ngatahi Communication

Coping with Covid-19 -

3 Most Important Words - Adam Piandes is a Leadership Coach and this is his personal journey to wellness after finding himself living on his parents couch at the age of 39. “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.”

5 ways to Wellbeing

7 tips for a good nights sleep

Anger within Depression and Practise of Self Compassion

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

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

How Dogs can Help with Mental Health

Practical Financial Skills to Managing Money

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

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






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 would welcome your donation to help us continue
supporting our Rural Families.

You can donate via bank transfer to 03 0830 0259556 00 using your name as reference.

Please email to enable us to acknowledge your donation and send a tax receipt.

Thank you for your kindness.

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