Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust

Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust

The Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust supports the rural community to be resilient and empowered.

Services are free and confidential

The Mid Canterbury Support Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trust that can assist individuals and communities during and after extreme weather and other adverse advents.  

When circumstances beyond your control lead to a rural crisis, be it climatic, environmental, financial or personal, the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust is ready to assist.

Free and confidential help is available through the trust's coordinator.  Our experienced team of facilitators are rural people with local knowledge who have faced the challenges that rural life brings.  

The Trust covers the Mid Canterbury area between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, from ocean to the main divide, and the south side of the Rangitata Gorge.

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Call Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

if calling by mobile please select option 3 then option 4 and then option 2 to be connected to Mid Canterbury.


Our People

Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers

Surfing for Farmers  Goldpine visited Midway Beach in Gisborne for a chance to check out the well-being initiative, Surfing for Farmers. Founded by Gisborne-local Stephen Thomson in 2018, Surfing for Farmers now host events in 21 locations across New Zealand.
July 21, 2022 0 Comments
Starting the conversation...

Starting the conversation...

To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness, Taranaki born and bred artist Paul Rangiwahia created "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their...
June 18, 2022 0 Comments

Essential Freshwater Social Impact Report

Over the past 18 months the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust has seen and felt the anxiety, nervousness and the fear of the unknown increase within our community as new polices from the Government have been announced. The feeling among the community is hard to measure but we felt it would be valuable for us a Trust to commission a Social Welfare Impact report to get a...
November 2, 2021 0 Comments
Mid Canterbury Rural Community Dance - presented by Farming Families

Mid Canterbury Rural Community Dance - presented by Farming Families

Mid Canterbury Rural Community Dane - Saturday 25 June, 6pm, Hotel Ashburton

6/25/2022 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM 0 Comments

Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...


0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

0508 467 869

NZ Young Farmers
03 344 2473

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Womens Network
0800 396 748

0800 482 463


0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)

0800 376 633

0800 726 666

Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline
0800 654 655

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ


We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue
supporting our Rural Families.

You can make a donation via bank transfer as follows:

Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust Bank Account: 06-0837-0353705-00

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