Sam & Shelley, Ian & Tania's Farm | Auckland
From the farmers
Hi, I’m Sam and my wife Shelley and I have been farming in Mangatawhiri for 35 years.
The family originally started farming in Pokeno over 100 years ago and the link with this land at Mangatawhiri started with my grandfather growing flax and milling it on the banks of the river where the big pump stations are now.
Shelley and I have farmed this particular block for over 25 years starting as a greenfields development. We have two children who work in the city now but grew up enjoying the lifestyle that farming offers. The farm milks 330 cows and is operated by Ian and Tania who have been here for the last two years. Neighbouring us on the western side is where my brother farms.
Our Farm and Environmental Story
Caring for the land and the environment is really important to us. A drainage scheme is in place with the Mangatawhiri river stopbank and water pumped into it to keep the land drained. The stopbank operates as part of the Te Awa walkway.
In the summer dozens of people can be seen walking the stop banks passing from the Hunia Ranges to Mercer.
Tree planting is an important focus for us. Initially as beautification but lately the planting has been in wetlands and drainage for environmental benefits. Some gullys have been planted with natives and all drains are fenced, as is our duck pond and the river. We are looking forward to opening our gates on December 10 to show people how we care for the environment.
Our water initiatives
Nitrogen Management Data
Sam & Shelley, Ian & Tania