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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Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

Applications are now open for the $4 million Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund. The fund has been set up to help support the region’s farmers and growers to recover from a one in 200-year rainfall event.

All information regarding the fund can be accessed here: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-floods/

The application form to apply for grants is now online, along with other useful documents:

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund application form (It’s the top link): https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-floods/

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund checklist: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45856-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-fund-checklist

UPDATED Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund fact sheet: 45811-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-Fund-Fact-sheet (mpi.govt.nz)

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund principles and criteria: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45790-Assessment-criteria-for-the-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-Fund

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund media release: Applications open this week for $4 million Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund | MPI | NZ Government

UPDATED Canterbury floods rural fact sheet: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45448-2021-Canterbury-floods-Fact-sheet

If any farmers or growers require assistance completing their application they can call 0800 00 83 33 or email funding@mpi.govt.nz

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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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Rural Assistance Payments and Covid Wage Subsidy Links

Monday, June 8, 2020

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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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