Ngāi Tahu Farming


HR Volunteer of the Year

Claire Bourne, General Manager, People and Development, Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited was last week named HR Volunteer of the Year at the annual Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Awards in Auckland. Claire, who has been a member of HRINZ for the last five years, says she was honoured to receive the award and be…

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Aspiring Young Farmer wins award

Ngāi Tahu farmer Ash-Leigh Campbell is one of three aspiring Young Farmers to be recognised for their leadership qualities with the inaugural NZ Young Farmers 2016 Excellence Award. Ash-Leigh (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa, Kāti Hāwea, Ruahikihiki; Waitaha; Mamoe), says the award will have a massive impact in terms of building her connection to Ngāi…

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The changing face of Balmoral Forest

When you drive along the narrow tracks in Balmoral Forest, with dark pines looming overhead, it’s hard to imagine the landscape as productive farmland. Yet the forest landscape is changing and farmland is gradually taking hold. It’s still small scale – just 2,500 hectares of the 9,400 hectare Balmoral Forest has so far been cleared…

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No ordinary life

The day I pulled into the driveway of Routeburn Station, it was pouring with rain and Anne Percy was heaving a laden wheelbarrow filled with gravel. She was drenched. As it turned out, it was just another day on the Ngāi Tahu high country stations at the head of Lake Whakatipu and for Anne and…

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Kitchen koha

    The gift of a slow cooker and an in-house recipe book to all farm workers and families is the latest Ngāi Tahu Farming initiative designed to encourage engagement and healthy living within the Te Whenua Hou farming community in North Canterbury. Ngāi Tahu Farming General Manager – People and Development, Claire Bourne says…

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Building community

The new Te Whenua Hou Community Committee is working hard to create an environment where Ngāi Tahu Farming employees and their families feel more socially connected to each other and to their wider communities. The group, which had its first meeting in March, aims to be the voice of the Te Whenua Hou community, and…

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Ngāi Tahu Farming – enhancing biodiversity

Lincoln University senior tutor in ecology, Mike Bowie believes Ngāi Tahu Farming could lead the way in on-farm restoration planting, encouraging species that can provide important ecosystem services to help the farming process. “It’s all about farming sustainably and we think Ngāi Tahu Farming can show the wider community that planting reserve areas around the…

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Farm planting on target

    Despite the challenges of a harsh physical environment, Ngāi Tahu Farming is well on the way to achieving its goal of planting 1.5 million native plants across its Te Whenua Hou properties. Working in partnership the with Lincoln University Department of Ecology, Ngāi Tahu Farming is implementing a biodiversity plan drawn up by…

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Whenua Kura study year begins

The new year of study is underway for 46 students studying as part of the Whenua Kura programme. Most of the students are enrolled at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, and will do practical experience on Ngāi Tahu properties, including work and study on either dairy farms, sheep and beef properties or at the Koukourarata māra…

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Strengthening connections for farming whānau

Rā Dallas, the whānau community champion for Te Whenua Hou, sees himself as the conduit between a large farming community in North Canterbury and the wider region.  He is excited about the potential that the Whānau Ora approach offers in strengthening connections across whānau. “We have a community of close to one hundred people now,…

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