Rodney Times : August 27th 2015
UKrugby visitors leave trees P3 Gumboots traded for catwalk P10 Rodney Times Cheer in tough times Thursday, August 27, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER what’s selling? DELWYNDICKEY Calving time and the start of milking is one of the hardest times of the year for farmers. Nocturnal callouts to help cows deliver calves along with early morning starts in the milking shed can take a toll. This year is stacking up to be a particularly hard one with the dairying downturn. So milking contractor Troy Berry admits he was ‘‘blown away’’ when a cheery stranger turned up at his Glorit milking shed at 6.30am with a couple of supersized biscuits and a kind word. Included with the biscuits was a simple green card with ‘When Life’s a Bitch’ on the front and numbers to call for help if depression, stress and anxiety are taking their toll. The cards are a Federated Farmers’ initiative which has been operating for several years to help tackle mental health issues. But the early morning deliveries are the idea of two local women. The baking ex-farmer who visi- ted Berry, who does not want to be named, says the death of a close family member to suicide several years ago is behind the early morning deliveries. The long hours and isolation can be hard on some people, Berry says. He knows of at least one farmer who has been advised to leave the industry after struggling with depression. The contractor’s income is fairly safe – but he sympathises with others. Those with freehold farms may be OK this season but some with large mortgages are likely to go under. So it’s going to be really hard for some farmers working 14-hour days knowing that not only won’t they be making any money at the end of it all, but they will be going backwards, he says. Statistics NZ 2012 figures show Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a wellwisher with baking. PLACEOFHOPE Adrop-in centre for thosewho’ve lost loved ones through suicide has opened in Helensville. The Bridge to Hope centre is run by Marie Adlam at the Helensville Christian Life Centre everyWednesday,3pmto 5pm. the suicide rate was 14.6 per 100,000 population in rural areas compared to 12 per 100,000 population in urban areas. Federated Farmers says 169 farmers have committed suicide since 2007. About 22, including seven women, were in 2013-14. President Dr William Rolleston says depression.org.nz, led by Sir John Kirwan, has helped save some farmers’ lives. The start of the milking season can be a difficult time for farmers and this year’s low dairy forecast is likely to see some struggling. $920,000 214 Whangaparaoa Rd, Red Beach 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 852m2 section Barfoot&Thompson Whangaparaoa. $1,100,000 45 Grand Drive, Orewa 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas and a designer kitchen Bayleys Orewa. $3,000,000 16 Grant St, Mahurangi East 4 bedroom home with a swimming pool and beach access Premium Matakana. See Outlook for more. M S a y 6839726AA www.communitynewspapers.co.nz and you can read all Keeping our local communities connected. sold!
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