Support for Our Rural Community is Available

The recent severe weather event has taken its toll on the Waimakariri rural and farming community, however, there are many organisations and networks here to help those in need.

Health and wellbeing – The impact of the flooding may continue for a number of days or weeks and there is support in place. Farmers feeling anxious or those who need wellbeing support are encouraged to call Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254). Additional local support services for health and wellbeing are available on our website here.

Feed and grazing – If feed is a growing concern, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has support available for farmers needing help to source feed for livestock. The Feed Coordination Service connects farmers with surplus feed – such as silage, hay, or grazing – to farmers and stock who need it. Call 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646) to access feed support and follow the voice prompts. Or jump online and visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/.../advers.../dealing-with-floods/...

Alternatively, if you’re in a position to support those in need by offering feed or grazing, you can do so here:

Farm animal welfare – for advice and assistance, contact MPI on 0800 00 83 33.

Pets, horses and lifestyle block animals - the SPCA has a contact line for those impacted by the floods. Phone the local SPCA on 03 349 7057 for help if you have concerns about your animals welfare.

For further information, advice and resources to help farmers and the rural community recover, visit ECAN’s Rural Community Update.

Please take care when on farm inspecting stock and infrastructure. Your own safety is still the top priority.

Waimakariri District Council’s Civil Defence team is still operating and is available to support the community.

If you’re unsure of who to contact for support in the first instance, you can touch base with Waimakariri District Council on 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV) or office@wmk.govt.nz for a steer in the right direction.