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Rural Support – The Top Six Inches

The NPVG is a strong supporter of the Rural Support Trust and we have taken part in their latest initiative that not only raises awareness of mental health in the rural sector but fundraise so they can continue their excellent work. 

We have purchased a print for our clinic to support Taranaki Rural Support Trust and maintain the messaging about mental health. Take time to read the messages each time you come into our clinic.

The artist and motivational speaker, Paul Rangiwahia is based in New Plymouth and is a strong believer in the importance of talking about mental health.

Working with Rural Trust national board executive, Mike Green, Paul has created a rural specific “Farm WOF” which identifies key messages particularly relevant to the rural community. 

One message reads; “the farm tells a story. Sometimes it is a horror show, sometimes a drama, but if there is enough comedy and action it has the potential to be a bestseller.”

Another suggests people should take a lesson from the weather. “It pays no attention to criticism.”

The artwork is called The Top Six Inches, referring to the fact most of a plant’s roots are in the top six inches of soil.

“Farmers thrive when the top six inches of their heads and topsoil of their farms are well balanced, full of good nutrients and, therefore healthy and productive.”

“The quicker we can ‘normalise’ the fact that we all have moments of emotional stress the quicker we can progress to a healthier way of living. And that’s good for everyone.”


For support contact the Rural Trust on (0800) 787 254 – the service is free and all calls are confidential.  You can check out their website here.

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