Advice and support for those affected by Canterbury flooding

Due to the recent state of emergency across the Canterbury region, OSPRI extended reporting timeframes for flood affected farmers.

Now that the worst of the flooding and wet weather has passed, there is a big clean-up job ahead for farmers and rural communities across Canterbury. We know you will have a lot on your plate, but please remember to update your NAIT records as soon as you can — it's important to protect our biosecurity by knowing where animals are.

NAIT timeframes extended for Canterbury region

We extended the timeframes for updating NAIT to help ease some of the pressure on People in Charge of Animals (PICAs) and farmers in the Canterbury region.

The extensions started on Monday 31 May and ended on Friday 11 June, when the last local state of emergency in the Canterbury region was lifted.

You now have the following times to update your NAIT account or get in touch with OSPRI to provide the following NAIT information.

PICA registration

Register as a PICA within 7 days of 11 June. After 18 June, the usual time frame of within 48 hours applies.

Animal movements 

Declare animal movements within 7 days of 11 June. After 18 June, the usual time frame of within 48 hours applies.

Untagged animals

Animals that arrive untagged must be tagged and registered within 7 days of 11 June. After 18 June, the usual time frame of within 48 hours applies.

Dead and missing animals

Declare animal deaths and losses within 21 days of 11 June. After 2 July, the usual time frame of 48 hours after the end of the day when you first knew the animal has died or been lost.

Due to the importance of animal traceability and biosecurity, we can’t provide an exemption from tagging and registering animals before moving them, but we hope to give people some breathing room by extending these timeframes.

Where possible, farmers should:

  • record any dead stock in their NAIT account
  • check if any NAIT tags have been lost or misplaced in the flooding, and
  • make a note of any unfamiliar NAIT tags and pass these on to our Contact Centre so that we can help the owner’s update their records.

If you're in the Canterbury region and need help with your NAIT obligations, contact our Contact Centre.

Need other support?

MPI, Animal Evac NZ, SPCA, and HUHA have teamed up to provide support to any animal affected by the flooding. If you need help with domestic or lifestyle animals, contact Animal Evac NZ on 03 349 7057.

For commercial farm assistance, call MPI on 0800 008 333, or visit the Funding and rural support page on their website.

If you need emergency feed, help moving stock or cleaning up, call Federated Farmers on 0800 376 646, or the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.

Dairy NZ has information about Moving Day and flood recovery for dairy farmers.

Emergency Management Canterbury has river information and advice about the safety of your drinking water supply.

Environment Canterbury has links to useful information and places to find help locally.

You can also keep up to date with advice on your local council website or Facebook page.