Second comedy night promotes good mental health for farmers

New Zealand comedians will hit the road again as part of an initiative to promote good emotional health in the rural sector.

Comedian Wilson Dixon will headline a comedy show in Hawke's Bay designed to get farmers off their farms and laughing.

The show is the second of four, and has been organised by the Rural Support Trust, alongside Farmstrong and NZ Young Farmers.

"This event is for farmers  young and old - rural professionals and supporters of the rural community," said Michelle Stevens from Farmstrong.

"Our first comedy night in the Waikato was a huge hit, people really appreciate being able to switch off for a bit and have a laugh," she said.

The Hawke's Bay comedy night will be held at the Waipawa Municipal Theatre near Waipukurau on Saturday 3rd November.

It will feature comedians Wilson Dixon, Rhys Mathewson, Tevita Manukia and John Carr.

"This is fantastic news and will be welcomed by the entire community," said NZ Young Farmers member Nina Jaine.

"People often forget how important it is to get off the farm, relax and have a yarn with mates," she said

Tickets are $20 each, with all proceeds going directly to Farmstrong.

NZ Young Farmers is helping to organise the event. Tickets are available by visiting

Farmstrong comedy nights are also being held in Central Otago and Southland.