Adverse events

The New Zealand government helps rural communities and individuals recover from adverse events, including natural disasters, severe weather, and biosecurity incursions. You can find out more about how MPI classifies adverse events, what help may be available and how you can prepare here.

Please click here for information on storm damage.

Grower wellbeing

Being able to talk with someone who really understands the pressures of rural life is important when experiencing issues with your business, your finances or personal circumstances.

The 0800 RURAL HELP line (0800 787 254) is free and confidential if you need to discuss your situation and understand what further support is available.

A range of resources is also available on the Rural Support website.

The Rural support trust have 14 hubs across the country and many have facilitators trained in mental wellness support.

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

If you need to talk to someone about your or another’s wellbeing, the following free helplines operate 24/7: