Lower North Island, West Coast, Otago, and Southland dry summer

The Government classified the dry summer between December 2017 and February 2018 in parts of the lower North Island, the West Coast, Otago, and Southland as a medium-scale adverse event. Find out more.

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.

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