Adverse Event Information and Support for Farmers


Currently we are in the final stages of taking offers of feed here and registering those who need feed here. The feedline will close on Friday 29th March at 4pm. 

For those farmers in the Tasman District, the Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund criteria has been extended to include partial reimbursement of freight costs incurred between 9 February and 29 March. Additional funds have been received from MPI to cover these costs. When applying, please ensure you attach your invoice/receipt for freight of additional feed. Applications for the partial reimbursement of freight will close on 5 April.  These applications will be assessed after 5 April to be paid by 20 May. Click here for more information.

If you are struggling and need support, please do not hesitate to contact the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254. If drought has been declared as a medium scale adverse event in your area, the Rural Support Trust will have received additional funding to support farmers (note this doesn't mean purchasing feed) and there will be options from the IRD for tax relief. 

Government Support

When adverse events occur, whether a local scale emergency declaration in an area or a medium scale event or larger that is declared by the Ministry for Primary Industries, certain recovery measures (depending on the scale of the event) are available. For more information on this assistance, click here .

Rural Support Trust

The Rural Support Trust is there to help, working along side you, in a natural disaster such as a drought. They can help with your application for financial assistance, provide support, and connect you to other services should you need them.  Call them on 0800 787 254 or click here  to go to their website. All calls are free, local, and confidential. If they don't answer first go, leave a message and they will get back to you. This line is open to all rural people, not just farm and business owners.


The DairyNZ website has tools and information for managing your dairy farm through drought as well more tools on planning ahead. They also have resources for farms experiencing low pasture growth due to high rainfall and how to future proof your system for coming seasons. 

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has an Extreme Dry Management Tool kit available on their website for drystock farmers, as well as additional information on animal welfare, supplementary feeding, and planning ahead.

Staff Management

As is the case in these situations, due to the financial hardship of drought, you may need advice on what to do with staff if you can't continue to pay them during this period. For our members, you can call 0800 327 646 who can connect you to the Member Employment Lawyer free service. Alternatively, you can see the redundancy and other employment factsheets available on our employment page. For non-members, you can contact the Rural Support Trust for more advice and information or an independent lawyer.