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February 2022 Flooding - West Coast and Top of the South

February 2022 Flooding - West Coast and Top of the South

A state of emergency remains in place across the Buller district on the West Coast as at 13 February 2022

Helpful links and numbers: 

Farmers needing support around dealing with floods are encouraged to visit the MPI Website.  

Farmers needing expert feed support to do a feed plan or to source supplementary feed should contact their levy body or Federated Farmers. 

  • DairyNZ: 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 432 479 69) 
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand: 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352) 
  • Federated Farmers: 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646) 


Farmers who require wellbeing support should contact us, the Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP or 0800 787 254. 

Assistance measures can include: 

  • Resourcing for rural recovery co-ordination. 
  • Resource for on-farm farm clean-up. This could involve the co-ordination of volunteers or the use of Enhanced Taskforce Green. 
  • A boost for the Rural Support Trust to help serve communities with pastoral care, including organising local events and arranging recovery facilitators who work one-to-one with farmers and growers. 
  • Technology transfer activities and events. 
  • Other usual recovery measures, which may include tax flexibility and income assistance options, can be made available as appropriate.

Photo: Reefton - Federated Farmers

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