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Rural Support Trust provides cyclone relief for farmers

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The Rural Support Trust provided aid to farmers affected by Cyclone Hale in Tairāwhiti and Wairarapa.
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After the destructive impact of Cyclone Hale earlier this month, farmers in Tairāwhiti and Wairarapa have received assistance from the Rural Support Trust, in collaboration with the Greenlea Foundation Trust and Repost Fence Posts.

The devastating floods caused by the ex-tropical cyclone wreaked havoc on farms, destroying crops, littering paddocks with debris, and damaging fence lines across both regions.

“Both areas were hit extremely hard by the cyclone, and both have suffered extensive damage from a lot of slips and damaged flats, resulting in many kilometres of fencing which will need to be replaced,” East Coast Rural Support Trust chair Clint Worthington said.

In response, the Greenlea Foundation Trust and Repost joined forces with the Rural Support Trust to provide farmers with much-needed assistance.

“We were approached by Greenlea to see if we need help financially with anything that wasn’t covered through other channels of funding. We saw a huge need for fencing materials, and we have had support from Repost before, so we rang them, and they were on board straight away,” he said.

They delivered multiple truckloads of repurposed vineyard posts to aid farmers in rebuilding their fences.

“It is awesome to see businesses like Repost and Greenlea get in behind our farmers and help at a time of need. I know that this will be truly appreciated and received.”

The Rural Support Trust is a local network that supports farmers through adverse weather events and beyond, with volunteers who understand the challenges faced by rural communities and are trained to help with various situations.

Any farmer affected by Cyclone Hale is encouraged to reach out to the Rural Support Trust for assistance by calling their helpline at 0800 787 254 or by connecting with their nearest regional trust.

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