There are times when an event is beyond a rural community's capacity to cope, and central government assistance may be needed to help communities recover.

The On-Farm Adverse Events Recovery Plan has information on how adverse events are classified and the range of assistance available.

Useful information

Fact sheets produced by Southland Civil Defence Emergency

Snow storm June 2013

Snow storm update statement, 24 June 2013

Latest update - No formal recovery measures required, 9 July 2013

The Ministry for Primary Industries is constantly monitoring the situation following extreme weather in the South Island the week of 17 June 2013, and working with industry organisations.

Representatives of organisations leading recovery assistance have determined communities are coping well after an exceptional thaw, and there is no need for formal medium scale recovery measures.

Stock losses are likely to be relatively low, but accurate estimates won’t be available for 2-3 weeks. The feed situation is adequate but will need to be monitored, and the Ministry has commissioned another national feed survey which will be completed towards the end of July. A reduction in farm incomes is also expected due to unforeseen expenses and impacts on production.

The Rural Support Trusts, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and DairyNZ are planning on a number of events in affected areas. These events will combine information on winter feeding and assessing feed reserves, with a wrap-up of how the recovery efforts went.

Below are links to practical advice from industry organisations to help farmers manage the situation.

Practical information for getting through the snow:

Recovery support

MPI’s role

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ role is to assess the impact and scale of any potential adverse event affecting rural communities and the primary industries and, if appropriate, to support the Minister in declaring a medium or large-scale event. MPI assesses the impact of climatic events at the community (not individual) level.

The criteria that MPI uses are:

  • Risk management options
  • Magnitude of event
  • Capacity of community to cope.

To gain information, MPI has a team of regional policy analysts, who have networks of local contacts and monitor developments. In addition, MPI has a network of contracted policy agents who report on local developments, such as a potential adverse climatic event.

In the case of localised event, the coordination of any support for farmers and the rural community is undertaken by local community groups and rural stakeholders. This will often be coordinated by the Rural Support Trust, with other relevant parties such as regional councils, Federated Farmers and other sector bodies getting involved.

For further information, see the following document in the Publications database (under “News and Resources”).


Last Updated: 09 July 2013

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