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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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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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BUSINESS ADVICE FUND FOR HAIL AFFECTED GROWERS

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Author: SuzanneOsborne

Business Advice Fund

The Business Advice Fund is available to help fund consultancy or financial advice for farmers and growers who are struggling with the financial viability of their business. This fund is available for growers hit hard by the recent storms and who now find their business in jeopardy.  It is there to help them make sound decisions for the future of their business. Up to $3000 is available from RSTs with matching funding from their bank giving a total of up to $6,000.  Growers should approach their bank in the first instance to ensure they are supportive of their application.  If they are to apply then they should contact their Rural Support Trust.

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EXTENSION OF FEED SUPPORT SERVICES UNTIL 30 JUNE 2021

Continued Government support for those in drought affected areas

Monday, December 7, 2020

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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.