Kaikoura MP welcomes extra support for drought affected North Canterbury

Kaikoura news
Friday, August 14, 2015

Local MP Stuart Smith welcomes the announcement made today by Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy of an additional $30,000 for the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust while meeting with local farmers in Hurunui

“North Canterbury is the part of the country worst affected by the drought, with little rainfall despite us being well into winter now”, says Mr Smith.

“Farmers are really struggling with the prolonged drought. This announcement of extra funding will be appreciated by those affected.”

This funding for North Canterbury is part of an additional $100,000 of funding being extended to Rural Support Trusts in the eastern South Island to carry out drought recovery activities.

Rural Support Trusts can help farmers and communities affected by adverse weather events in a number of ways. They can help arrange financial advice and can assist with applications for Rural Assistance Payments. They can also organise community events and meetings, and can provide one-on-one help for those who need someone to talk to.

“The Rural Support Trust is a really worthwhile resource. Rural people often try to deal with problems themselves, but I encourage those who need it to seek help”, says Mr Smith.

The eastern South Island will officially remain as a medium scale adverse event until 22 February 2016.