Farmers and Growers
Updated information can be found at https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-floods/The devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle has had an impact on the lives of people, livestock and companion animals. The land has been ravaged, waterways affected and livelihoods significantly impacted. Many people have been left homeless and most people will require a level of practical, financial and emotional support to get through what is likely to be a long road to recovery.
Ask for and accept help
Farmers and Horticulturalists are self reliant, stoic and resilient but you are still human. You will go through tough times so it is important to:
- Accept that your thoughts and feelings that may feel foreign to you are normal reactions to abnormal circumstances
- Communicate with others and ask for and accept help offered
- Ensure that your basic health needs are taken care of, even in these difficult times it is important to eat, sleep and take small moments of rest
- Farmstrong have some information about improving well-being and preventing burnout and some of this will be helpful in the aftermath of the cyclone and flooding https://farmstrong.co.nz/wellbeing-topics/burnout/
- Contact your local Rural Support Trust http://www.rural-support.org.nz/Regions/North-Island/East-Coast
- Keep up to date through Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ruralsupporttrusthawkesbay/
Call East Coast Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254
If calling by mobile please select 2, then select 4
then select 1 for Gisborne Wairoa
select 2 for Hawkes Bay
select 3 for Tararua
select 4 for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley
Financial and other Assistance
You are encouraged to seek support from your local Rural Support Trust
0800 RURAL HELP or 0800 787 254. https://www.rural-support.org.nz
MPI will work with sector and regional groups to identify areas of greatest need.
- At this point, farmers are not able to directly apply for this funding.
Civil Defence payments are available if you have been affected by the cyclone.
- You can call 0800 400 100.