Lower North Island, West Coast, Otago, and Southland dry summer
The Government has classified the early dry summer in parts of the lower North Island, the West Coast, Otago, and Southland as a medium-scale adverse event. Get updates and find out about available support.
Government media releases
- 16 February 2018: Drought recovery focuses on feed
- 2 February 2018: Government widens drought support
- 30 January 2018: Drought classification extends further to Otago and Southland
- 19 January 2018: Further support for struggling farmers
- 10 January 2018: Drought classification extended to the Buller and Grey districts
- 23 December 2017: Early dry summer declared a medium-scale adverse event
Advice during and after dry events
Advice and support are available if you or your farm has been affected by drought.
Your first point of contact when you need help during or after an adverse event is your local Rural Support Trust.
Types of help and support available
Classification as a medium-scale adverse event gives Rural Support Trusts extra funding to help serve their communities. That may include activities like organising local events and arranging recovery facilitators to work one-to-one with farmers.
Other usual recovery measures, such as tax flexibility and income assistance options, will be made available as appropriate.
- Information and support for farmers – Federated Farmers' website
- Support from Inland Revenue
- Support from Work and Income