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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FLOODING TOP OF SOUTH 2021

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Monday, July 26, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

There is a lot of cleanup work to be completed for farmers and lifestylers in the Marlborough/Tasman area after the recent flooding. This may include the removal of debris from fences, refencing, cleaning of culverts and drains and much more.

For those needing volunteer assistance please register your needs here https://bit.ly/3x3X3lI

If you can offer assistance register here: https://bit.ly/3y6Qy2D

If you need feed: https://bit.ly/3x6aYYr

If you need grazing: https://bit.ly/3i1by5q

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FLOODING

TOP OF THE SOUTH JULY 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

On the weekend of the 17th July 2021 areas in Marlborough and Tasman were hit hard by substantial flooding. Many areas include farming communities that have not only lost stock but now face many months of cleanup, feed shortages, pasture renewal and infrastructure repairs. For those in the initial stages, attached is a checklist supplied by Beef+LambNZ. 

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EXPANSION OF DROUGHT SUPPORT SERVICES 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

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, animals are well cared for 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 quicker.

You can read the Minister’s media release here (See attachment):

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-damien-oconnor

Updated drought classification maps can be found on MPI’s website:

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/.../dealing-with-drought-conditions/

Current situation:

Large-scale adverse event classification for drought

Region/district

Added to the classification, with extra support until 30 November 2021.

Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago regions.

Support extended until 30 November 2021.

Marlborough, North Canterbury, and the Chatham Islands.

Support continued until 30 June 2021, when it will be reviewed.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, and Tasman regions, and ManawatÅ«, RangitÄ«kei, and Tararua districts.

Below are some details you may find useful:

Which regions have been added to the large-scale adverse event classification?

The area covered by the large-scale adverse event classification has been expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Otago. Those regions are extremely dry and need extra recovery and wellbeing support.

Which areas will receive extra drought support until 30 November 2021?

At this stage it will be Marlborough, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, and the Chatham Islands.

Why are some areas being removed from the large-scale adverse event classification?

The Taranaki region, and Ruapehu and Whanganui districts, will be formally taken out of the large-scale adverse event classification on 30 June 2021. Those areas have received good rainfall, soil moisture levels have recovered and they no longer require extra support.

What will the extension mean for farmers?

It will enable affected farmers to continue to acc

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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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