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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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Dealing with drought conditions

MPI Update: 28th April 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Author: SuperUser Account

Help is available to farmers, growers, and their families during drought and in the recovery period.

The Government has announced it will expand its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions.

An extra $900,000 has been allocated to help farmers, with the current large-scale adverse event expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago.

The move will ensure feed support services can continue and extra wellbeing assistance will be available to more farmers affected by drought.

Recovery and resilience coordinators will be employed to help coordinate support between Rural Support Trusts and industry groups, enabling affected communities to bounce back quicker.

Read the full update here: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-drought-conditions/

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Drought support expanded as dry conditions bite along the east coast

Media Release: Hon Damien O’Connor

Monday, May 10, 2021

Author: SuperUser Account

The Government will boost its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor.

An extra $900,000 of funding will be used to help farmers around the country, with the current large-scale adverse event classification expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago.

“Autumn has got off to an extremely dry start in multiple regions along the east coast of the country. Forecast rainfall is not expected to be enough to allow parched soils and pastures time to recover before winter,” Damien O’Connor said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working with industry organisations, councils and Rural Support Trusts to monitor the impacts of the dry conditions and assess the need for additional support.

“This is the second consecutive year of drought for parts of the country and low groundwater levels have not been able to recharge.”

The new funding will ensure feed support services can continue and that extra wellbeing assistance will be available to more farmers affected by drought.

“Recovery and resilience coordinators will be employed to help coordinate support between Rural Support Trusts and industry groups, enabling affected communities to bounce back more quickly.

“I encourage farmers who need help to do a feed budget to get them through winter, to contact the national feed planning service. Alternatively, the feed coordination service can help farmers who need supplementary feed immediately.”

“Support for the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Tasman regions, and the Manawatū-Rangitīkei, Tararua and Nelson areas, will remain in place until 30 June 2021, when it will be reviewed.

“The Taranaki region, and the Ruapehu and Whanganui districts, have received good rainfall and soil moisture levels have recovered.”

“It’s encouraging to see conditions have been improving in some areas that were hit hard last year,” said Damien O’Connor.

Feed planning support can be accessed by phoning 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352) or 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 432 479 69). Farmers who need wellbeing support should call their Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP or 0800 787 254.

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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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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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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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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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West Coast weather updates

as at 27 May

Monday, May 27, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
To keep update to date with the latest information please use the link below to our public information and emergency situation map. https://wcrc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ae41303339d4448b8efa3b62157b9634 And follow CDEM's local Facebook page or Website for further information: https://www.facebook.com/emergencywestcoast/...
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West Coast Wet classified as medium-scale adverse event.

3 May 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/govt-support-westland-floods-recovery 3 MAY 2019 Govt support for Westland floods recovery HON DAVID PARKER HON DAMIEN O’CONNOR HON KRIS FAAFOI HON EUGENIE SAGE Agriculture   Civil Defence  
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West Coast flooding

Update March 27, 9am

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
The District Councils are updating their Websites and Facebook pages. https://www.facebook.com/westlanddistrictcouncil/ Civil Defence West Coast info is at www.facebook.com/emergencywestcoast and www.westcoastemergency.co.nz NZTA is advising drivers to check the NZ Transport Agency Journey website www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or calling 0800 44 44 49 for 24/7...
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Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island

Minister's media release 12 March

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Hon Damien O’Connor Minister of Agriculture Minister for Rural Communities 12 March 2019 MEDIA STATEMENT Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the medium-scale event classification for the Tasman drought would be extended to cover Marlborough and Buller as well...
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After a flood

Monday, November 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
Safety first Don't put yourself at risk from contaminated water, damaged roads, or landslides and other hazards. Look for and report broken power lines to your electricity provider. Treat all lines as live. Trees may be unstable due to saturated ground and high winds. Be conscious of security. Lock your car and house. Report suspicious activity to police. Health and...
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Updates on the Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
For weekly updates to your email sign up to MPI's stakeholder update. It is for you, your farmers, and anyone interested in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Sign up here and please get all your networks of farmers and rural professionals to do so too.    
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John Shackleton: Manage stress

A presentation in Taranaki - watch the video!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
https://www.facebook.com/centraltaranakisafecommunitytrust/videos/2296467993701776/ John Shackleton events in Stratford yesterday encouraged the audience to consider mindfulness (it's not scary) and breathing meditations to enable thoughts to be current and now. Our wiring needs to be changed so we stop thinking about things we have NO CONTROL over such as guilt over past events or...
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