[16 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ) held a RuralFest conference in Wellington to raise awareness around mental illness and to promote the need for more Government resources. Issues discussed included research and data collection, broadband connectivity, better health facilities, and improving wellbeing to address stress. Improved rural connections would allow centralised health services to further expand into rural communities and deliver more innovative health solutions. Decent broadband coverage would also help those in remote areas connect with friends and family, improving their emotional wellbeing.