Most of the Ngāi Tahu Farming employees are new to the small farming community of Eyrewell which is located 40 km northwest of Christchurch and sits within the
takiwā of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. To help staff and their employees settle in, Ngāi Tahu Farming has been active in looking for ways to get involved in the community.
Back when the farms were first piloted in 2011, locals have come came forward with offers of industry advice and support while local surrounding schools, sports clubs and community organisations helped with final land clearing (stick picking) as a community fundraiser.
To help keep this community connection going, Ngāi Tahu Farming recently sponsored West Eyreton School, supplying branded navy jackets that will be used in a variety of ways to support the schools’ representative swimmers, triathletes, duathletes, cross country runners, school leaders, sports teams, debaters, choir and chess teams.
West Eyreton School is located close to the Ngāi Tahu Farming dairy farms at Eyrewell where a number of the students are from.
These jackets have already been worn very proudly by the cross country team that competed in the Eyre Cluster Cross Country competition on Friday 23 May. Nine children qualified to compete against 11 other North Canterbury Schools at the Pegasus Cross Country and from this competition three have qualified for the Canterbury Cross Country competition to be held at Halswell Quarry. It’s been a great effort by the team.
The jackets are also being used by, the Year 7 & 8 representative rugby and netball teams, who are entered in a North Canterbury tournament that will take place every Friday afternoon for the next six weeks. Last week the rugby team won 90 – 20 and the netball team won 25 – 6.
We wish all the competitors the best of luck over the coming weeks.