NZ farmers fundraise for quake-hit locals

Monday's earthquake swallowed eight cars on this farm near Mt Lyford (Michael Morrah/Newshub.)
Monday's earthquake swallowed eight cars on this farm near Mt Lyford (Michael Morrah/Newshub.)

A Canterbury farming family has escaped harm after a 100-metre wide valley opened up on their farm after Monday morning's earthquake.

The farm, in Sherwood near Mt Lyford, suffered serve damage from the quakes, resulting in an entire pine plantation being sucked away.

The family told Newshub they are lucky to be alive because of the damage sustained on either side of their home.

The home itself escaped damage, but at least eight cars were swallowed up by the slip.

The farm runs along the Hope fault line, which runs off the Alpine fault line.

NZ farmers fundraise for quake-hit locals

The earthquake caused a new valley to open up on this farm near Mt Lyford (Michael Morrah/Newshub.)

Local communities have been quick to offer help to the affected farmers in the region.

The NZ farming community is coming together to help those affected by Monday's quake. 

Duncan Humm, NZ Farming's spokesman and "general dogsbody" said there was a "massive amount of farmers wanting to help" after the magnitude 7.8 quake wrecked the properties of many farmers around the South Island. 

Mr Humm said it takes some time for the fundraised money to be released, so they were covering it themselves in the meantime, organising airplane drops and working round-the-clock to deliver supplies to isolated locals.

NZ farmers fundraise for quake-hit locals

One of the biggest challenges for farmers in the area was broken fences, and many farmers couldn't even reach the boundaries of their own properties to inspect their own farms and stock, Mr Humm said. 

They intend to put much of the money fundraised to help repair fence lines and water supply systems. 

NZ Farming wrote on their Facebook page this morning: "The NZF boys have had to go back to work to keep the bills paid but are donating every spare moment to get out and do what we can to help".

Those wanting to donate can head to this Givealittle page.

A $5 million support package for the primary sector has been announced by the Government.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the earthquake has had a major impact on farmers, fishers, growers and the wine industry.

"The damage is widespread and severe," he says.

"Many farms remain isolated due to road closures and some dairy farmers are having to spread milk back on pasture.

"This is a real blow to North Canterbury, given this is an area that's been suffering through drought for nearly three years.”

The $5 million package will provide support funding and relief for rural trusts, recovery co-ordinators and disaster relief funds.