The group is meeting regularly and liaising with the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.
Keeping yourselves safe
- Everyone’s priority is for our farmers to keep themselves and their farm teams safe.
- Be especially careful around any infrastructure that may have been damaged, including ponds, dams, stopbanks and power lines.
- Continue to follow and observe any advice issued by Civil Defence. You can keep up to date with advice on your local council website or Facebook page.
- Keeping animals safe is important but, consider the safety of people first.
- If you need immediate support please contact your local Civil Defence, or in an emergency situation dial 111.
- The Rural Support Trust can also be contacted for recovery support and advice on 0800 787 254
- DairyNZ (phone 0800 4 324 7969) and Federated Farmers (0800 327 646) can also be contacted for on-farm advice.
Federated Farmers have worked to set up the following online forms. The Recovery Coordination team will be up and running from Friday 23 July and will be able to use the information from the needs assessments and the forms below to call back farmers and match up available assistance to their needs.
Offers of assistance register
Online form where offers for volunteer assistance and supplies can be made. View form here.
Registration for call back
Self-registration form for farmers to use to register for a call back from the recovery coordination team. View form here.
Recovery support resources
DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand also have resources that are available to all farmers affected by flooding and to the sector to support the recovery. These links contain a lot of useful information and can be used as required.
- Information for Canterbury farmers on flooding emergency (DairyNZ)
- Flood support (Beef + Lamb New Zealand)
If you find wandering livestock please phone the Buller Emergency Operations Centre on 03 789 7999, and advise the exact location and number of animals concerned. The animals should be safely secured in an area away from other livestock, if possible.
Get in touch with your insurer soon. When it’s safe, we encourage farmers to photograph any property damage from flooding for insurance purposes. Emergency repairs can be undertaken provided no one is put at risk. Contact your insurer before undertaking non-essential repairs.
Through the Rural Advisory Group, we will continue to work together to contact farmers and assess farmer needs and coordinate support for farmers over the coming days and weeks.