They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and they’re right.
Last week our three local Mayors (Hauraki, Matamata-Piako and Thames Coromandel) and local MP Scott Simpson wrote a letter to Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Conner asking for help for local farmers.
The next day the government announced relief funding for drought stricken farmers in north Waikato and Northland to the tune of $500,000.
The money will go to local mayoral drought relief funds to hand out for the purchase and delivery of feed supplies.
Hauraki District Council will also add $10,000 towards the fund.
Mayor Toby Adams said the effects of the drought had been bubbling away in the shadow of Covid 19 for some time,
“There’s been a lot of emphasis on Covid, but we’re forgetting we’re in one of the worst droughts ever in recorded history, particularly in Eastern Waikato,” he said.
How to apply
We’re currently working through the details of how the money will be distributed.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information on how to apply.
Rates relief for farmers
Covid 19 related rates payment extensions and holidays are also available for drought-stricken farmers.
Apply for a rates payment extension or holiday go to https://forms.hauraki-dc.govt.nz/rates-holiday