Top of the South Rural Support Trust

Top of the South Rural Support Trust

Top of the South Rural Support Trust

On any normal day, we know that living and working rurally can be a challenge. We, at the Top of the South Rural Support Trust, aim to give coordinated and personal support to rural people in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions.

The Top of the South Rural SupportTrust is part of a nationwide network, working with rural individuals and their families, aiming to help solve problems  relating to  adverse events, financial pressuresanimal welfare, or personal challenges including physical and mental health. The Trust covers all aspects of rural agribusiness; dry stock, dairy, cropping, horticulture, forestry, poultry,viticulture and rural contracting. We support all rural people - owners, managers, staff, and contractors.

In a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood, your local Rural Support Trust will be there alongside their rural communities, working with Civil Defence, government and emergency services. Our Trust is also well connected with other rural networks- rural professionals, health providers,  local and central Government agencies - making the Trust well placed to support rural communities.

If more than a cup of tea and a yarn is needed, we can connect with the professionals who can provide further support. We can talk over the phone or come to you for a free and confidential chat, anytime, anywhere. The Trust’s 0800 help line is overseen by experienced co-ordinators who will help choose the right person to assist in resolving the challenge at hand. The Trust facilitators are located throughout the region - they are rural people with local knowledge and experience who will listen and work beside you to achieve positive outcomes for you, your property and family. 

Contact us today on 0800 787 254, or complete the contact form on this page to email us in confidence.


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During and after a flood

During and after a flood

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February 2022 Flooding - West Coast and Top of the South

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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 as follows

'Top of the South Rural Support Trust', Westpac Bank, 03-0751-0266192-00  Ref:'Donation'

Please email us for a receipt. Thank you.



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