Extreme Dry Conditions Assistance

15  April 2024

Extreme dry conditions declared

Due to extreme dry conditions, parts of the Horizons region, including the Tararua District, have been included in the medium-scale adverse event declaration announced by central Government in late March.

The declaration enables some support for affected farmers, including access to the income equalisation through the IRD.

We highly recommend farmers talking to their accountants about this support.  Rural assistance payments may also be available through the Ministry for Social Development for farmers facing difficulties
meeting essential living costs due to the dry conditions.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or would like more information and support, we encourage you to reach out to the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254