Rural Support Trust: West Coast

West Coast Rural Support Trust

West Coast Rural Support Trust helps locals in tough times

West Coast Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation set up to work with the rural community when times are tough on the farm or in the family.  West Coast RST is part of a national network of 14 trusts across the regions of New Zealand. 

We are rural people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging situations.  Our facilitators are trained to help find options to manage all types of rural challenges. 

the trust is linked to agencies to work alongside during and adverse event and can provide you with information and assit you in getting emergency or on-going help during and after an adverse event. 



Email Us

Call West Coast Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

calling on mobile then please select option 3, then option 3 to be connected to the West Coast Coordinator

Our People


  • Chairperson: Carol Keoghan - Sergeant’s Hill, Westport
  • Secretary: Gillian Hunt
  • Treasurer: Bob Milne
  • Coordinator: Rebecca Walker - Westport
  • Diane Milne - Arnold Valley
  • Bede Oconnor - Buller Gorge, Westport
  • Paul Berry - Atarau
  • Kees Van Beek - Hokitika
  • Ron Monk - Kokatahi
  • Peter Langford - Karamea
Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers  Goldpine visited Midway Beach in Gisborne for a chance to check out the well-being initiative, Surfing for Farmers. Founded by Gisborne-local Stephen Thomson in 2018, Surfing for Farmers now host events in 21 locations across New Zealand.
July 21, 2022 0 Comments
Starting the conversation...

Starting the conversation...

To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness, Taranaki born and bred artist Paul Rangiwahia created "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...
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During and after a flood

During and after a flood

A flood can be devasting, affecting livestock, land and buildings.

Here are tips on how to deal with post flooding.

Call us now if you are unsure where to start - 0800 787 254

February 19, 2022 0 Comments
February 2022 Flooding - West Coast and Top of the South

February 2022 Flooding - West Coast and Top of the South

Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has classified the severe weather that’s affected the West Coast and Top of the South as a medium-scale adverse event, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. 

February 19, 2022 0 Comments

Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...


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 make a donation via bank transfer as follows: 06 0845 00054510-00

With thanks to our principal sponsors
Thanks to our Time Out Tour partners