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Ngāi Tahu Farming is embracing best practice
in order to be a leader in farming in Te Waipounamu.

News from the farm

Te Whenua Hou mums attend the first Community Committee meeting chaired by Renata Hakiwai (top left) and Claire Bourne (top right).

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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Mike Bowie is keen to give weta the attention they deserve.

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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Rebecca Dollery (right) collecting moss with another Lincoln University post-doc student, Maria Jesus Gutierrez.

The merits of moss

Plait moss (Hypnum cuppressiforme), may be one of the most common moss types on earth but Lincoln University post-graduate ecology student, Rebecca Dollery is hopeful it may hold the key to successful germination of key plant species found in Ngāi Tahu Farming kānuka reserves. Hypnum cupressiforme, the cypress-leaved plait moss or hypnum moss, is a […]

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Whenua Kura student Liam Fanning (Ngāphui -Te Aupouri), gathers kānuka seed at Te Whenua Hou.

Sowing the seeds

With Whenua Kura students once again enlisted to gather seed from remnant kānuka stands at Te Whenua Hou, the future regeneration of natural farm habitats has a bright future. According to Ngāi Tahu Farming Project Manager Ben Giesen, the students play an important part in the restoration chain and with 16,000 young kānuka seedlings already […]

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Ngāi Tahu Farming project manager Ben Giesen inspects young plants at the onsite farm nursery.

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 the university […]

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Baby kānuka plants at the Te Whenua Hou nursery.

The importance of eco-sourcing

Eco-sourcing native plants for the Ngāi Tahu Farming Te Whenua Hou restoration planting programme is important to Ngāi Tahu and Lincoln University not only for ecological and cultural values, but also in showing leadership in the use and planting of appropriate plant species. In future, almost all of the native species being planted around Te […]

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The completed canal upgrade.

Canal upgrades complete

The large scale upgrade of the Ngāi Tahu Farming water canals at Te Whenua Hou has been completed and with water flow now tripled, Ngāi Tahu Farming now has the capability to supply peak flow water demand to over 5,800 hectares of irrigated farm land. Glen Clayton, General Manager Farm Development says timing for the […]

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From Left: Ngāi Tahu Farming CEO Andrew Priest holding the finalist medal,  finalist Hemi Dawson, Dairy  General manager Shane Kelly and finalist Rod Lamb.

Farms host Ahuwhenua Open Day

Over 250 people attended the BNZ Ahuwhenua Māori Excellence in Farming Awards Field Day held at Ngāi Tahu Farms at Te Whenua Hou, South Eyrewell on 8 March. As part of the two-day final judging process, the field day attracted a large and diverse crowd keen to get a first-hand view of the two Ngāi […]

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Ra Dallas, centre - Building on Whanau Ora values within the Ngāi Tahu Farming Community.

Building community relationships

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, and he is excited about the potential his role has for building on Whanau Ora values. “We have a community of close to one hundred people now, spread […]

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