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Drought support

North Canterbury

The drought in North Canterbury remains a ‘medium scale adverse event’ by the Minister for Primary Industries, with much of the rest of the country is also experiencing drier than normal weather.

MPI information and resources on dealing with a drought

Click here to go to the Feed List (this service is available to both members and non-members).


South Island events - to find a drought event near you, click here.


Farming through the drought and beyond - Click here for Tips for farmers to farm their way through the drought and beyond.

Inland Revenue Support - We have a range of other support in place for affected customers.

New Zealand Banking Association Support - The banking industry understands how important the primary sector is to New Zealand and our economy. We are a passionate supporter and partner of the rural sector through good times and bad. Download this pdf to see what support is available to you.

Rural Support Trust - With parts of the country now very dry, do remember that the Rural Support Trust is a free and confidential service that exists to support farmers in trying situations. Call 0800 787 254 or visit their website.

  • Grazing support or cash donations: If you can assist with the grazing of young stock, or cash donations, please call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254

Feeling down? There is a way through...

There are a number of free confidential services to help people experiencing depression:

Rural Support Trusts 0800 787 254

Depression.org.nz 0800 111 757

Resilient Farmer 03 575 7208

In an emergency do not hesitate to call 111

Farm Strong - Designed to help farmers live well and farm well


You can also talk to your local GP or nurse and they can advise you on what to do. To find a medical centre near you visit the online and type in the area you live in and click find.

Depression.org has developed a rural specific website with stories from farmers who have overcome depression and has an online test to determine whether you are experiencing depression and need to seek help. This is a fantastic tool - click here to find out more.

Policy/Legal Support: Federated Farmers members are entitled to support from our regional policy team and 10 minutes free legal advice from our national legal provider on 0800 327 646.

Helpful tips and resources

The key to getting through is to have a plan and to make timely decisions based on the best available informatio

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