Drought 2015

18 February 2016.

The Government has approved a range of support measures for farmers following a decision to declare a medium level drought under the Ministry for Primary Industries' Primary Sector Recovery Policy. This includes Rural Assistance Payments available through Work and Income.

Work and Income support

  • Rural Assistance Payments to assist farming families in parts of the South Island with essential living costs.
  • Standard Work and Income financial assistance.

The Rural Assistance Payment scheme has been activated in the following areas:

  • Marlborough (Marlborough and Kaikoura District Councils)
  • Canterbury (Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Ashburton, Mackenzie, Timaru, and Waimate District Councils, Christchurch City Council)
  • Otago (Waitaki and Central Otago District Councils, Dunedin City Council).

For more information about these payments, talk to the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254

  • What standard assistance may be available?

    If you qualify for assistance, we can provide a range of standard financial assistance which may include:

    Quickly find out the types of benefits that you might get by answering a few questions:

  • Other Assistance

    Other Assistance measures available are:

  • Drought Hotline

    The Federated Farmers hotline is: 0800 DROUGHT (0800 376 844)