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Are times a bit tough? How about talking to someone who really understands the pressures of rural life.

The Rural Support Trust is staffed by local rural people that know from experience that severe weather, finances, relationships, and work pressures can all mount up.

Contact them anytime. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances; or a neighbor, partner, friend, family member, or worker.

Their support is FREE and if you need more of a chat, they can point you in the right direction.

Rural Support contacts

For Farmers in the Waikato needing assistance finding feed or grazing, Federated Farmers has been working with their members to source discounted and donated feed from across the North Island. Get in touch with us 0800 327 646 option 3. 

Rural Support is also available to people suffering from stress as a result of the floods, or other personal or financial difficulties. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) for free, confidential advice or visit their website www.rural-support.org.nz.

For stopbank or other flood-scheme related matters call the Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401.

Farmers and other landowners recovering from the Cyclone Cook floods should be aware that they may be entitled to compensation. The Earthquake Commission has opened a website for claims resulting from the cyclone http://www.eqc.govt.nz/get-help-now-claims/2017-floods. You have up to three months from the date of the natural disaster to lodge a claim. 

When the rubber meets the Rural Support Trust

There were plenty of gumboots on display at the Patetonga Hall this morning as support agencies and flood affected farmers came together to discuss a way forward following last week's weather event.

Heavy rain on already saturated ground saw the Waihou and Piako Rivers reach record height levels in the Eastern Waikato last week and overtop stopbanks in some areas, causing ponding that is expected to take a few more days to drain. The spilling of water to ponding areas is part of the way the flood management scheme in the area is designed to operate.  

Agencies in support

The meeting was organised by the Rural Support Trust and attended by a large number of agencies including Federated Farmers, Fonterra, and Dairy NZ.

Chairman of the Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel arm of the Rural Support Trust, Neil Bateup said it was about getting people together and giving them the opportunity to speak to professionals who could answer some of their questions and offer support.

Hauraki District Deputy Mayor Toby Adams, Plains Ward Councillors and Council staff were also in attendance.

"It's great to see everyone coming together to support their neighbours and talk to agencies that can help," said Adams, "We're here to advocate on your behalf. We understand there will be an ongoing recovery period for many, and we urge anyone with any concerns to ask for help."

Need help?

For rural support call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254).

For stopbank or other flood-scheme related matters call the Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401

For welfare concerns contact Hauraki District Council on 0800 734 834


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