Barbecues held to check up on North Canterbury farmers post-quake

Hurunui farmers will be meeting in both Cheviot and Rotherham today for a barbeque and a catch up following last Monday's quake.

It's been organised by the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust and Hurunui District Council.

One farmer, near Waiau has threatened to run the fence down, saying it's hampering recovery efforts. Source: 1 NEWS

Doug Archbold of the RST told 1 NEWS that they'll have the council, Civil Defence and insurance representatives at the meetings to answer questions and provide advice.

He said farmers are a resilient bunch but the meetings are a chance to check in with the community and make sure they know there is support available.

Last week the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced a $5 million aid package for quake-affected farmers.

Four million dollars of that is for the Mayoral Rural Relief funds (Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough) to help with non-insurable assets such as tracks, on-farm bridges and water infrastructure.

Many farms in the Hurunui District remain isolated due to road closures and it's an area that has been hit hard by drought the last two summers.

The first meeting is at Cheviot's pub at 11am today, followed by one in Rotherham at 4pm.