Farming through eradication
When responding to things outside of your control, it is important to have a support team around you. Family, friends, and trusted advisors can help you get through.
But sometimes it can be helpful to seek support, assistance, and expertise from someone objective and not so involved in the process. Our fact sheets have more advice.
Looking after yourself – fact sheet [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Supporting you as we eradicate M. bovis [PDF, 1.9 MB]
Rural Support Trusts
Rural Support Trusts are made up of trained facilitators who have a good understanding of farming. Many are actively involved in the agricultural sector. The Rural Support Trust team offers free and confidential support, over the phone or at a place that suits you. They can offer a friendly ear during your M. bovis journey. If necessary, they can connect you with appropriate experts and services such as planning and management advice, health information, Work and Income employment and financial assistance measures.
Freephone 0800 78 72 54 (0800 RURAL HELP)
MPI and industry are here to help
If you are a farmer and need support, help is available through your industry group representative and MPI.
- MPI: 0800 00 83 33
- DairyNZ: 0800 43 24 79 69
- Beef + Lamb NZ: 0800 23 33 52
- Federated Farmers: 0800 32 76 46
Mycoplasma bovis Recovery Advice Service
The Mycoplasma bovis Recovery Advice Service helps farmers pay for business and technical advice on recovering from the effects of Mycoplasma bovis. It makes payments to eligible farmers of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) per property that's run as a separate business entity.
You will need to meet the difference if the total cost of the services you receive per property is greater than this amount.
Eligible farmers can decide what type of advice they need and choose their supplier from a pre-approved list.
Inland Revenue can help people affected by extreme events. They have a range of measures to help, depending on your personal circumstances.
Filing and paying
Inland Revenue understands that tax isn’t the first thing on your mind. Contact your tax agent with any concerns or questions about filing returns or paying tax. They will work with Inland Revenue on any tax concerns.
Working for Families
Working for Families Tax Credits are payments for families with dependent children aged 18 or under. Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, or as a lump sum at the end of the year.
To check if you're eligible for Working for Families Tax Credit:
- visit the Inland Revenue website
- talk to your accountant
- talk to the Rural Support Trust on 0800 78 72 54 (0800 RURAL HELP)
Work and Income – Ministry of Social Development
There is a range of assistance available for people or families whose incomes have been severely affected. Even if you don’t think you’d qualify, please talk to Work and Income. Your Rural Support Trust can help you with this. Work and Income may be able to help you with costs you don’t have any other way of paying even if you’re not on a benefit, or can point you in the right direction based on your circumstances.
- freephone Work and Income on 0800 55 90 09
- Visit the Work and Income Mycoplasma bovis web page
Who to contact
If you have any questions about Mycoplasma bovis or the support available: