This is a challenging time for rural people. So let’s check-in with ourselves, and our mates.


Building back is better in-person. Check-in with whānau & mates at one of the below initiatives hosted or supported by the ‘Checking-in’ partner organisations.

YOU Matter

Agri-Women’s Development Trust

A special invitation to pause, re-energise and build the courage, mindset, skills & connections for recovery.

  • Pawarenga | 19 Feb - 26 Apr

  • Wairarapa | 21 Feb - 19 Apr

  • Ōpōtiki | 26 Feb - 26 Apr

  • Tairāwhiti, Gisborne | 26 Feb - 26 Apr

Comedy Night Show


Grab your mates, neighbours or treat your team to a great night of comedy.

  • Te Aroha | 21 Feb

  • Pukekohe | 22 Feb

  • Rotorua | 10 May

Rest, Refresh and Revitalise

Rural Women New Zealand

Rural Women New Zealand are hosting events for the hard-working women volunteers who have been the backbone of their Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay and Tararua communities over the past year. Nominate a woman who has gone above and beyond in supporting her community at the email address below.

Weathering the Storm

Rural Support Trust

The Weathering the Storm workshop will help you manage the stress and heightened emotions associated with severe weather. The workshop explores weather-related anxiety and the range of impacts extreme weather can have on individuals, whānau and communities. Discover the emotional phases of a disaster, how to manage anxiety and distress, and ways to build resilience.

  • Te Puke | 18 March

Know your Mindset. Lead the Recovery

Agri-Women’s Development Trust

A short, online programme supporting food & fibre leaders to manage the multiple pressures of leadership in times of challenge.

  • Online | 27 Feb & 05 Mar

  • Online | 12 Mar & 19 Mar

The Bitches’ Box


Emma Newborn and Amelia Dunbar return for the fourth time for this “world famous in rural New Zealand” show featuring some of their most loved dog characters. A hilarious, fast-paced comedy.

Te Tai Tokerau, Northland

  • Helensville | 9 April

  • Port Albert | 10 April

  • Matakohe | 11 April

  • Parakao | 12 April

  • Broadwood | 13 April

  • Umawera | 14 April

Tairāwhiti, Gisborne

  • Turihaua | 18 April

  • Waerenga-O-Kuri | 19 April

  • Mātāwai | 20 April


  • Gladstone | 9 May

Manawatū, Tararua

  • Weber | 10 May

  • Pohangina Valley | 11 May

Tangaroa Walker - Farmer Extraordinaire & Inspirational Speaker

Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust & NZ Young Farmers

Come and be inspired by Tangaroa’s journey.

  • Te Puke | 16 March | 6pm-11pm

‘Checking-in’ is a series of rural community events and programmes running across the North Island this summer – backed by online tools & tips for personal and family wellbeing. It’s about supporting farmers, growers, fishers and rural people to connect with each other and build-back from severe weather and other challenges.

Ready to start checking-in? Find a local event above or sign-up for our weekly tools & tips email series.

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