Member Advisory

South Island Flood Update 

July 22, 2017

To members in North, South and Mid Canterbury, North Otago and Otago

As extremely heavy rain continues to move up the country, a state of emergency has been declared in several South Island centres.

Many highways and local rural roads are impassable because of slips, and flooding.  Some areas are still without power.

Get In Touch
Federated Farmers is ready to provide assistance or advice all farmers, members or not where required. 

We invite you to contact us if you need help//support or know of others that do.

Any farmers with stock needing access to grazing, help moving stock, emergency feed, generators, large capacity water pumps or help cleaning up should ring Federated Farmers' free-phone line 0800 327 646 (option 2).

There are farmers that are in urgent need of grazing so if you are in a position to offer assistance please phone our 0800 number, 0800 327 646.  

We will try to match needs with services e.g. digger drivers, fencers, so please email or phone your provincial executive below for requirements and availability.

Animal health and welfare is a priority, but don’t forget to take care yourself when working outside and please take the time to check on your neighbours.

Dairy farmers worried about overflowing effluent ponds should note this official comment from Otago Regional Council:

“Farmers have expressed concern about effluent storage ponds reaching capacity because of rainwater inflows.  In this instance we ask you to attempt to get a truck in to pump out and provide capacity for the next 48 hours.  However, in this exceptional circumstance, we appreciate that this option may not be available in which case you should continue to store as much as you can and only release the minimum amount of effluent possible.  This is not permission to empty your entire pond!”

Insurance Information:
  • Lodge your claim as soon as you can, even though you may not have all the information.
  • Take notes and photos of all damage.
  • Talk with your insurer during the call about temporary accommodation support if needed.
  • Carry out emergency repairs such as making buildings safe and weatherproof. Take photos of any damage you’re repairing to add to your insurance claim.
  • Call your insurer before carrying out non-essential repairs.
  • If you need to throw items out, such as perished food, please take photos first.

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:
  • If life or property is at risk - call 111 (fire, police, ambulance)
  • Keep up to date with CDEM on their webpage, facebook or listen to the radio:
  • Federated Farmers on 0800 FARMING for requests for feed and assistance
  • Dairy farmers: call DairyNZ on 0800 43 24 79 69 or check out the info on the website for feeding and calving:
  • MPI Animal Welfare 0800 00 83 33

Your Provincial Presidents and other Feds Contacts

North Canterbury
Provincial president: Lynda Murchison  027 223 8070

Mid Canterbury
Provincial vice president: Nathan Currie 027 295 6516
Provincial vice president: David Clark 0274 955 202  

South Canterbury
Provincial president: Mark Adams 03 685 8184

North Otago
Provincial president: Simon Williamson 03 438 9580

Provincial meat & fibre chair: Simon McAtamney 03 418 3972
Provincial dairy chair:  Stephen Crawford 03 415 9244

To request help or get further information, please contact your provincial executive. Find their details here: