Women New Zealand would like to remind members and the rural community that there are agencies such as the Rural Support Trust, whose representatives
are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance.
The Rural Support Trust organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services. Farmers also have access to IRD flexibility
for tax payments during the drought.
“We encourage our members to be there for each other, please keep a close eye on your neighbours, as together we can cope with adverse weather conditions
and unpredictable markets,” says Wendy McGowan, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.
Support can be accessed through agencies such as
The Rural Support Trust http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.
DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/
Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.
Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/
If you just want to talk, or know someone who is at risk, there are a range of support options available, including counselling services:
0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling
Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 - Provides 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young
Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling.
It's Not OK 0800 456 450 provide advice and information to stop violence in your family or assist a person experiencing
Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at
risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.
Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (noon to 11pm)
Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (4pm - 6pm weekdays)
The Lowdown: thelowdown.co.nz - website for young people ages 12 to 19.
National Depression Initiative - depression.org.nz (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service
For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .
If it is an emergency or you feel you or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.