The Government has announced the decision of phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis). The announcement was made yesterday afternoon, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister Damien O’Connor, alongside RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower and representatives from Federated Farmers, Beef and Lamb NZ, and Dairy NZ (pictured above).
RWNZ encourages anyone needing assistance to contact the Rural Support Trust and recommends following updates from MPI. It is important to support others in your community through this eradication phase.
Read below our media release following yesterday’s announcement.
RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND WILL SUPPORT COMMUNITIES
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) will continue to support communities following the Government’s decision on phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) from New Zealand.
“RWNZ is collaborating with the Government, MPI, Rural Support Trust, and industry leaders to support our rural communities, families, women and children given today’s decision,” says RWNZ National President Fiona Gower.
“The decision to phase eradication of M.bovis has been made by Cabinet after consultation by Minister O’Connor with industry leaders.
“RWNZ is committed to ensuring there is wrap-around welfare support for those affected – we understand that high stress in times of crisis can lead to a breakdown of our social rural fabric.
“Strategic, regular, and thoughtful communications between decision makers, support networks, and communities is vital.
“By working together, we can do this,” says Ms Gower.
Rural Support Trust Chairperson, Neil Bateup says that Rural Support Trust and RWNZ will be working together to support our rural communities.
“Rural Support Trust is available 24/7 for free, confidential support on 0800 787 254. The welfare of farmers, their families and staff are of upmost importance to all of us. Do not be afraid to reach out if you need us,” he says.
For a full list of support services visit our here.
Read the Prime Minister and Minister’s full media release here for further information regarding the decision.
Read Fiona’s media statement here.