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The National Council

The National Council of Rural Support Trusts represents all the Rural Support Trusts in matters where a combined approach is more effective.

It came into being in mid 2017 and is structured as a charitable trust that is responsible to the 14 regional Trusts.

The National Council provides a single point of contact for other national organisations and the Government, and it helps the regional Trusts share resources and experience.

The National Council meets once a year.

The 14 Trusts still operate independently in their areas, staffed by local people.

MEMBERS

The Council members do a two-year term, with two positions coming up for election each year. Anyone who is a trustee of a Rural Support Trust can stand and the election is held during the biennial RST conference or in November of the alternate year. Each of the 14 Trusts places one vote.

About Rural Support Trusts

  • Rural Support Trusts provide free and confidential assistance to farmers and growers facing challenges; climate, financial or personal.  They are well-placed to point people in the right direction for further advice and help.
  • Some Rural Support Trusts have been around since the 1980s to provide support on hardship or assistance in adverse events, such as the Otago RST. Others, like Taranaki, have been set up out of Federated Farmers. A number of Trusts, such as Northland, were formed or strengthened with (then) MAF’s assistance after the On-Farm Adverse Events Recovery Framework came into effect in 2007.
  • Government has recently provided extra funding to Rural Support Trusts to improve access to mental health support in the rural community. Coordinators have been trained to recognise and manage signs of depression or extreme stress, and are connected to rural health professionals.
  • Call 0800 RURAL HELP - for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances; or a neighbour, partner, friend, family member, or worker. 

News & Alerts

News & Alerts

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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Ruapehu-Whanganui Local Farming Show: Sunday 26th April: 8am-9am and Wednesday 6pm-7pm.

http://www.trunkfm.co.nz/ and 88FM The Trunk

Friday, April 24, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sunday 26th April between 8am-9am and repeated Wednesday 6pm-7pm.

 http://www.trunkfm.co.nz/  and  88FM The Trunk

Topics this week 

  ' the reason for a local show' 

  'preparing for winter' 

  'Update re shearing under alert L3' 

  'meat works update and donation of meat to foodbanks'. 

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Ruapehu-Whanganui stock sales advice

from Chair Brian Doughty

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Covid-19 has seen our usual stockyard sales shut down.

Where does that leave us?

It would seem as though our current batch of stock agents would fill the void created by Covid-19. This could also be problematic as the stock and station industry seems to be in the same position as the rest of us, not having a lot of information on the next move.

As weaner sales are taking place now, here are a few tips on achieving  a satisfactory outcome for you:.

 (1)Talk to your agent asap to find a way through the sales process.

 (2) Attempt to find out who bought your weaners last year, and give them a ring.

 (3) Weigh the weaners you are hoping to sell or go for a truck weight when moving.

 (4) Photograph, or even better, video the mob you are wanting to sell.

 (5) Look at possible online options, e.g. Ag Online, Carrifields, StockX, bidr direct.

 Remember it is very unlikely that any agent will want to visit the farm or have contact with you.

Covid-19 and the processing industry

To meet the new hygiene requirements it would appear that most plants have reduced capacity by something like 50% which, given Covid-19 along with the drought,  mean it's become difficult to get animals to the works in some areas. To this end we suggest that you contact your agent as soon as possible with accurate stock tallies, class of stock, and when you would prefer them to be slaughtered. Talk to the meat company about what has changed and let them know about your present and future needs. And finally just a thought, but that company loyalty you have jealously guarded over the years, may now pay dividends.

Take care of each other.

Brian Doughty, Chair RWRST

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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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Donations

Donations

We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue supporting our Rural Families.

You can make a donation to Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust in the following way:

Bank Transfer:
ANZ Bank 06-0317-0805560-01, ref: Donation

Please email us for a receipt.