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CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND FARMER
Last and largest Adverse Events Trust
grant of $54,000 donated to St John
GRATEFUL RECIPIENT: Federated Farmers
hand over a cheque for $54,000 to St John.
From left: St John customers and services
manager Christine Prince, Federated Farmers
national board member Katie Milne, chairman
of the Bee Industry Group John Hartnell, and
emergency medical technician Grant Dewar.
A $54,000 grant to St John from Federated
Farmers will help the organisation con-
tinue its important community work.
Federated Farmers made several grants
from their Adverse Events Trust in Sept-
ember 2012, and St John was one of the
The money came from individual far-
mers, meat company workers and meat and
Federated Farmers national board mem-
ber Katie Milne and chairman of the Bee
Industry Group John Hartnell visited the
St John Regional Operations Centre to see
the work of the ambulance communications
centre, as well as have a look at a new
Mr Hartnell was recently made a Mem-
ber of the New Zealand Order of Merit for
his services to beekeeping and also the com-
munity, especially for his work in helping to
organise the Federated Farmers Farmy
Army after the February 2011 earthquake.
Federated Farmers national president
Bruce Wills, was delighted St John was the
recipient of the trust s final and largest
As the first responder, St John was the
right choice to conclude our current efforts
to support Christchurch, Mr Wills said.
This donation is important because it will
help St John to rebuild its emergency
response resources. St John is a New Zea-
land institution and when the chips are
down, it is always there for rural and urban
St John fundraising manager Sarah Wil-
kinson says St John and Federated Far-
mers both have significant roles in rural
communities across New Zealand.
We d like to thank John, Katie and the
Federated Farmers teams for their sup-
port, Ms Wilkinson said.
Our organisation and Federated Far-
mers both know the challenges of working
in a rural setting, and both organisations
know how important the strong support
and links within those communities are.
St John is incredibly grateful to
Federated Farmers and all their members
who contributed for this support.
Penny Clark-Hall is a North Canterbury farmer's
daughter who lives in Wellington. Here she shares
her perspective on farming in New Zealand,
drawing on her experience living between country
EVER SINCE the dirty
farmers have been
lumped into the same
pail of the few who
abuse the environment
and let the industry
As a farmer s
daughter I find this
highly offensive and
would like to set the
Growing up in rural
New Zealand has its privileges and its downfalls.
It is a magical place to grow up, but unfortunately,
it has been suffering an environmental beat-up.
My fear is that the traditional family farm is
under threat because of this, trying to keep up
with the volume of government and council
It is old news, which is not told enough, that
farmers work hard on ways to improve their
environmental impact. But this is difficult to do
when their back is against the wall. I believe this
comes from a common misunderstanding, in the
public arena, about who farmers are, what they
value and what they do.
What I know from actual experience is that
farmers spend enormous amounts of time and
money developing and protecting the
environment. It baffles me that people think
farmers, who make a living off the land, want to
harm it. They have a natural affection for it,
improving and taking care of it where they can.
They make rural economies and are far more
aware of the environment than most who bash
them in the public arena. The problem was never
that farmers didn t care or weren t aware of the
problem, it is about the approach we have taken.
A problem that has developed over the past 30
years cannot be solved overnight.
Farmers have an enormous part to play in
improving our environment but they are not the
sole contributors to the problem.
Environmentalists have a key role, as do the
media, in keeping things balanced as well as
holding farmers to account. It is unrealistic to
vilify all farmers for a problem that is caused by
many differing factors.
If we can collaborate with key players and set
realistic goals I believe there can be a happy
ending for everyone. But let s not vilify each other
in the process.
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