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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The Community Mindfulness Project

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

For our farmers and rural community in the Hurunui

The Community Mindfulness Project presents two events especially for Hurunui residents; both on scientific and practical ways to build resilience.

                               “You can’t stop the waves….but you can learn to surf!” Jon Kabat Zinn

Life and farming are always going to be unpredictable and uncertain, however hard we try to control the variables. What we can do something about is how we approach difficulties and ourselves, how quickly we bounce back.  These events cover a range of proven practices that provide a buffer and support us when we experience inevitable stress and hard times.

The Community Mindfulness Project: A collaboration between Mindfulness North Canterbury,  Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust and Logan Smythe and Associates to bring free science-based resilience and wellbeing courses, workshops and podcasts to North Canterbury, made possible by AIA Vitality.

Building Resilience 5 Week Course: Hurunui

Build a resilient brain and a resilient community, together.  

5 consecutive Monday nights

Starting 22 Feb 2021

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Professional Farm Business Advice Fund

Monday, October 19, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

Feeling the pinch?

Finance plays an essential role in every business, including farming, growing or agri-business. Related to this are matters such as debt management, tax management and business structures.

Usually you can see a way ahead and you are working with your accountant and bank. But sometimes you feel financially stuck and you may want to discuss this with someone and we’re here to help.

Also, following is information about some assistance we may be able to help you tap into.

New fund to get advice for struggling farmers is now open

Joint statement by the National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association, 25 February 2020

A new initiative funded by banks and the government offering support for farmers struggling with farm debt is now up and running. 

The government has allocated $200,000 for the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, to be managed by Rural Support Trusts.

For a qualifying farmer the Fund will provide up to $6,000 to pay for financial or business advice from an independent consultant.

The National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association have recently signed the agreement for the Fund. Under the agreement, the RSTs will provide up to $3000, depending on an assessment of need, and the relevant bank will match that dollar for dollar.

RST National Council chair Neil Bateup says the fund is for a farmer who is feeling pressure. “This might be because there’s been some change or their bank has indicated they need to discuss their debt situation. The hope is that there may still be options available so that the wishes of all parties can form a solution for going forward.”

“There’s a recognition it’s in everyone’s best interest for a farmer to have up-to-date business and financial plans,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “This will inform conversations between the farmer and their bank.”

Rural Support Trusts will take an application from, or on behalf of, a farmer who might qualify for assistance.

The consultant will provide a report, which will be given to the farmer and their bank.

This initiative involves ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Heartland Bank, Rabobank, SBS Bank, TSB and Westpac. 

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'PIE DAY FRIDAY'

Community Events happening throughout North Canterbury in September

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

‘PIE DAY FRIDAY’

Drought, Calving and Lambing Lunch Shout
‘Farmers Supporting Farmers’

Come and see us at your local café/bakery for lunch on us, this is a great reason to have a quick trip off farm with your staff and family.
We will also have some free resources for you to take home.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Locations, dates and times:
Please note this is not only on Fridays

Date - Wednesday 9th September
Location - Kaikoura Bakery, 69a Beach Road, Kaikoura
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Thursday 10th September
Location - Cheviot Tea Rooms, 33 Hall Street, Cheviot
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Friday 11th September
Location - Brenda’s on Lyndon, 16 Lyndon Street, Waiau
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Wednesday 16th September
Location - Fossil Point Café, 1 Valley Road, Greta Valley
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Friday 18th September
Location – Oxford branch of Sheffield Pie Shop, 78 Main Street, Oxford
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Thursday 24th September
Location – Darfield Bakery, 60 South Terrace, Darfield
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Date - Friday 25th September
Location - Dunsandel Country Café and Bar, 3374 Main South Road, Dunsandel
Time – 12 noon till 1.30pm

Voucher numbers limited on the day, enquiries to ncrst.coordinator@gmail.com

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Green drought and a white winter: North Canterbury prepares

- Feed covers in North Canterbury are generally 50-60% of normal levels - Experienced farmers tell newcomers to prepare for snow on top of drought.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Farmers in dry parts of North Canterbury are likely to get a phone call to check in on how they are doing as the region moves from drought to winter, says Claire Ford, coordinator for the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, who are driving a phone tree campaign.

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Feed Coordination and Planning service

Monday, June 8, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

Do you have your feed plan through to spring?

Call the free winter feed planning service to talk through your options to farm through to spring. This service is open to all stock owners, from lifestyle blocks to the largest stations, anywhere in New Zealand. You do not have to be drought affected. Call now:

·        0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 23 33 52)
·        0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 43 24 79 69)

Once you have identified your needs with a feed plan, order in food as soon as you can.

Feed coordination available

If you are running out of feed choices,  try the feed coordination service sooner rather than later. Four coordinators are set up nationally to help connect up farmers with available feed sources. While they may not be able to find all the feed you need, they are working with the primary sector groups and Trusts to help farmers and livestock owners in each region. 

Register with them through the 0800 numbers above, or directly here: I Need Feed 

·        If you have feed to donate register here: I Have Feed to Donate 
·        You can sell feed directly to farmers here: Feed Noticeboard - AgriHQ 

Where to buy feed

  • Feed Noticeboard - AgriHQ . Check back regularly as a lot of sellers are active now.
  • Your feed merchants. Some feed can take up to 12 weeks to arrive in NZ.
  • Trademe. Check the reputation of the seller and their products.
  • Your local facebook, farmer or lifestyle facebook groups.
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Rural Assistance Payments and Covid Wage Subsidy Links

Monday, June 8, 2020

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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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Covid19 Information from FAR

Applicable to most farm types - included are links to the Employee Memorandum, Safe Practices, Wage and Leave Subsidies etc.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

FAR has updated its list of COVID-19 grower related resources to include:

Memorandum of Understanding between farmer/owner and employees under COVID-19 ALERT 4

This document is to be signed by the employer and staff member. It outlines employee responsibilities for maintaining Safe Work Practices during the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown period. 

Click here to download Employee Memorandum of Understanding.

Guidance for COVID-19 protocols on farms

This document outlines a range of safe practice protocols to help you look after yourself and your family, your employees and their families, as well as your business and your community at this time.

Click here to download COVID-19 Safe Practice Protocols.

COVID-19 8-point plan for growers

Some ideas on making sure your farm business operation has all points covered during the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown period.

Click here to download 8-point plan.

  

Other useful links and resources:

 

All updates will be posted on the FAR COVID-19 Information Page.

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Drought North Canterbury - March 2020

Information Handout

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author: ClaireFord
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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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Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?

Do you have a farm business continuity plan?

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Author: LindsayWright
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Surfing for Farmers - Southland

Give it a go - Thursday nights on the South Coast

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas
The popular Surfing for Farmers programme has started in Southland and will be held at either Colac Bay, Riverton Rocks or Monkey Island at 6pm on Thursday nights. It’s all about getting off farm and learning something new while having some fun! Grab a car load and come down. 🌊 Surfing For Farmers (S4F) is free! 🌊 Lessons, boards, wet suits and H&S provided by local surf...
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Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in need

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/focus-on-farming/cotter-passionate-about-supporting-farmers-need

Friday, June 26, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Passionate about the rural sector and people’s welfare, Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman Cathie Cotter says the best aspect of her role is being there for farmers.

 

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Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson
Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and...
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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...
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COVID-19 - SRST Operations Amendment

SRST Service modified for the protection and wellbeing of SRST Members and Clients

Monday, March 23, 2020

Author: LindsayWright

Continuing Support for Our Rural Communities

Health and safety is paramount for the Southland Rural Support Trust. We are therefore monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will make appropriate changes to our work practices in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

 

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Next SRST Meeting

The next Southland Rural Support Trust stakeholders meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: SuperUser Account

Next General Meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust

This meeting is calendared for Wednesday 17 February 2021.

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Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis. Our services are free and confidential. As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works. Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways...
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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Before snow hits Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours. Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator. Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel: Surplus feed Generators Food and alternative means of cooking and heating...
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Donations

The Southland Rural Support Trust is a registered charitable trust manned by volunteers.

If you would like to support the work of the Trust, donations can be made to the Trust bank account:

03-0915-0414113-000

Please include your name and the word “Flood or Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt,
please also notify the Coordinator at southland.rst@gmail.com of your donation.