Support for Rural communities

This page will hold information and advice for people in rural areas who are impacted by unprecedented events.

We will add information to this page as it becomes available.


The information below is relevant for the COVID-19 pandemic event.

Stock feed planning Service:

Industry groups and MPI have launched a stock feed planning service for all farmers nation-wide.
Toll free numbers – Drystock farmers call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352), dairy sector 0800 4DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969).

Joint media release

Psycholigical Support Service:

Rural Support Trusts continue to provide its psychosocial support service: 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) by talking over the phone or on skype/zoom during lockdown.  This can help connect farming families with professionals including farming or business advice, suppliers, financial information, health, and counselling services. Their services are free and confidential, and they can still make connections while NZ is self-isolating.


There is more information on MPI’s COVID-19 & Primary Industries FAQ webpage:

Tararua District Drought

In 2019 the Tararua District experienced a critical water shortage following an extended period of drought-like weather.

A medium-scale adverse event (drought) was declared for the Tararua District. Council and key rural representatives contributed to the application for this declaration, which demonstrates just how severe conditions were getting. Further information can be found here

Information and advice

There are a number of organisations that are working together to manage this event and provide support. You can contact these organisations directly,

  • Jane Tylee, Rural Support Trust – 027 367 3672
  • Sally Dryland, Federated Farmers – 027 423 8997

For all other drought related matters, rural residents may contact Rural Support Trust Tararua Coordinator Jane Tylee on 027 367 3672 or visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website where they have information and advice for dealing with drought conditions: