Buller District Council

Drought extended to include the Buller District

21st March, 2019

​On 12 March, Minister Damien O’Connor announced an extension of the medium-scale adverse event for drought to include Buller, Nelson and Marlborough alongside the initial area of Tasman District.

Its important people are aware of the extension of the drought classification so they are able to access the additional support which comes as result of the classification, make decisions early and take action.

A Drought Committee has also been set up to share information and ideas on how best to support affected farmers. The Committee is chaired by Tasman Mayor, Richard Kempthorne, and is currently meeting on a weekly basis.

The following are some suggestions which may help if you are affected by the drought:

  • Make a plan and set dates to implement decisions
  • Check hoses and fittings to ensure there are no leaks.
  • Look after yourself, family, employees, and keep an eye on your neighbours.
  • Have a robust and realistic budget including a feed budget and monitor it.
  • Feed stock as well as possible.
  • Update and revise plans regularly.
  • Take advantage of the dry to do things that you might not ordinarily do – access areas that are often too wet; repair fencing, paint…
  • Talk to your veterinarian, trusted advisors and those who have survived this before, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or support.
  • Make decisions for the right reasons – livestock sale decisions should be made for animal welfare and farm profitability reasons.
  • If you are unsure where to go for advice or assistance, contact the Rural Support Trust to find out what your options are on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP).​

For more information:

Beehive Media Release on 12 March
Detailed resource from Beef and Lamb NZ
Detailed resource from Dairy NZ


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