Waitomo News : 03 June 2014 NKC Farmer
Drainage | Site work | Farm races | Tree work Spreading metal | Bulk cartage | Transit work Contouring | Dairy conversion | Forestry Environmental control work LAWRENCE HOLDEN | 027 585 3827 P 07 873 7881 E firstname.lastname@example.org Providing: Quality and professional advice to farmers and businesses Expert taxation planing A friendly and personalised service Family trust management We have accountants in Otorohanga, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui to visit your farm or business as you require. 18 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga Freephone 0800 482 928 Taumarunui 07 895 7312 DIRECTORS David Bailey Robert Ingham Cheyne Waldron ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Layne Kerr, Kelly Bair CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Jayne Adams, Tracey Hall, Rebecca Lynch, Bridget Morgan, Vanessa Neustroski ASSOCIATE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Michael Crook, Shellee Hazeldon, Carolyn Perrett, Chrissy Beck Contact us on p: 07 873 8614 or 07 871 3381 e: email@example.com Murray Hislop Surveyors Servicing all your land development requirements • Resource consent applications • Rural & urban subdivisions • Land use and environmental planning • Engineering surveying • Servicing Waitomo, Otorohanga and Waipa districts • Contruction set out • Farm mapping Tuesday, June 3, 2014 15 FROM P14 The group is currently chaired by Dairy Women’s Network project manager for dairy farmer wellbe- ing Lynda Clark who says combining the strengths of all the organisations achieves more for farmers and their families. “The joint aim is to make it easier for farmers to talk about and adopt behaviours that increase mental wellbeing and reduce anxiety, depression and sui- cide. “Each of us has our own pro- grammes and funding streams, and co-ordination between us ensures these are well-designed and more effective. “Group members are keeping each other informed and taking opportu- nities to work together where possi- ble, rather than working in silos.” DairyNZ and the Ministry for Pri- mary Industries support the group through a jointly funded project that aims to improve dairy farmer wellbeing, which is part of the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme. Lynda says now that the strategy is in place activities for farmers are gaining momentum. WORKSHOPS In the past year a series of 12 free Mental Health101 workshops have been held around the country to dairy farmers and rural profes- sionals. They are funded through a partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Dairy PGP programme. More will be held this year. “These are educating people about the signs to look out for if someone is becoming mentally distressed, what they can do and where to go for help,” says Lynda. At the Dairy Women’s Network’s recent annual conference a similar workshop called Managing Moods and Mates was attended by 113 dairy farm- ing women. Farmers can also go through an emotional well- ness screening as part of Health Pit- Stops that have been offered at dairying events for the past three years. Like the Farmer Mental Wellness Strategy work, the Health PitStops are funded by the Dairy PGP programme. “At the PitStops, dairy farmers – both men and women – can get a free physical health check and emotional wellness screening,” says Lynda. The physical health checks are man- aged by the New Zealand Rural Health Institute, and AgResearch leads the emotional wellness screening. The National Depression Initiative (NDI), fronted by Sir John, has recently put the focus on farmers’ experiences, and Hamish’s story is one of several that have recently been added to the depression.org website This website presents The Journal - a free, online self-help programme designed to support people with mild to moderate depression. The Mental Health Foundation is also providing advice and assistance to the Farmer Mental Well- ness Strategy group. Via their partnership with the Movember Foun- dation, which promotes men’s health, they will develop tools and resources that educate and en- courage healthy behaviours which will be promoted by organisations and individual champions from the rural sector. “The joint aim is to make it easier for farmers to talk about and adopt behaviours that increase mental wellbeing and reduce anxiety, depression and suicide.” Lynda Clark Regional discussion tomorrow FARMING leaders, rural profession- als and consultants are being invited to a dairy and dry stock liaison group meeting in Hamilton tomorrow (June 4) where key regional environmental is- sues will be discussed. Organised by Waikato Regional Coun- cil, the meeting’s speakers are due to include council chair Paula Southgate, as well as Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb NZ representatives and other rural sector professionals. An update on the first stages of the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change – Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai project will also be provided. The event will be held at the Waikato Stadium, Seddon Rd, Hamilton starting at 9.30am. If attending, you need to contact Me- gan Pritchard on 0800 800 401 or email megan.pritchard@waikatoregion. govt.nz for catering purposes.
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