Canterbury Stories


Co-op clean sweep at National Dairy Awards 

2022 has been another impressive year for Fonterra farmers in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. All four of the main awards went to farmers supplying the Co-op or working on farms that do, with all four winners hailing from Canterbury.

May 16, 2022


Luxury treehouse – a dairy farm-stay with a difference

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or in the case of this Hakataramea Valley farm, if it ain’t broke - think bigger and think differently.

May 17, 2021


Gin Distillers turned Good Sorts

When two of our team from Fonterra’s Clandeboye site heard that there was a shortage of ‘liquid gold’ in their local community, they knew they had to do something about it.

May 01, 2020


Pitching in to protect mudfish 

They may be tiny, slimy and reclusive, but the Canterbury mudfish are well worth protecting.

March 22, 2019


Turning on the technology tap to protect water

Twenty-one farms left reeling after the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake have recently been kitted out with some new technology - part of a programme designed to get their farms back to the same, if not better, state than they were before the big shake.

September 10, 2018


NxtGen Farming: making every drop matter 

How much water is too much or not enough? Find out how Fonterra is using innovative technology to farm for the future by finding the irrigation sweet spot.

June 28, 2018


Summer nights under the stars teach Darfield kids valuable lessons

The Fonterra Grass Roots fund offers grants to community organisations around New Zealand. Some of the grant funding has gone to Darfield’s Scout group, who have been spending nights under the stars learning about leadership and teamwork.

February 26, 2018


Blown away by passion and dedication

Over 111 people work at the third Clandeboye mozzarella plant. The plant churns out the highest supply of natural mozzarella in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more about the team's passion and dedication to producing high-quality dairy products.

February 13, 2018


New operators on board to meet rising global demand for cream cheese

The Darfield Site has added 16 new employees to operate its new cream cheese plants. Global cream cheese sales have increased 24% in the past year.

February 12, 2018