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:
Lifeline: 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.
Women's Refuge: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) a 24/7
crisis and support line provide advice and information.
Shakti New Zealand 0800SHAKTI (0800 742 584) If
you are in a situation of domestic violence call our 24-hour crisis line, and multi-lingual staff will provide information.
Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at
risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.
What'sup: 0800 942 8787 (0800 What’s Up) is a counselling helpline for children and young people,
aged 5-18. Phone Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.
Kidsline: 0800 543 754, it is a 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially
trained youth volunteers.
Thelowdown.co.nz - Free Text 5626, watch videos or contact for support.
National Depression Initiative - depression.org.nz (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service
Child, Youth and Family If you're worried about a child or family that you know, there
are ways you can help, contact Child, Youth and Family.
For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .
If it is an emergency, or you feel yourself, or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.