FMG 2021 Calendar client stories

FMG’s calendar theme for 2021 is “Here for the good of the country”. We share stories about our clients’ optimism, the inclusiveness of rural communities and their innovative approach toward doing business.

It’s also a chance to say thank you for supporting New Zealand and your consistent hard work. Every day, right across the country, our clients continue to achieve their own kind of progress. We share a mutual understanding on what it means to be a part of rural New Zealand. Watch our clients' interviews below to find out more about their operation, community and what they think the future of farming looks like in New Zealand.

Maungahina

Maungahina is located in the Wairarapa and is a Hereford and Speckle Park Stud established in 1907. Farmers Bruce, Mark and Mellissa McKenzie are the fourth and fifth generations of the McKenzie family to have farmed at Maungahina.

Onuku Māori Lands Trust

Onuku is a Māori agribusiness in the Bay of Plenty. It operates four dairy units and a sheep and beef unit, on the edge of Mt Tarawera and includes Lake Rotomahana, which was home to the Pink and White Terraces. Onuku Trustee Barnett Vercoe, told us more about the operation, the history and his take on New Zealand’s farming future.

Kiwitahi

Kiwitahi Honey was established by James and Kasia Harrison in 2013 on a lifestyle block in Waimauku. They now run over 1,300 hives in North and West Auckland producing a variety of multiflora, coastal and mānuka blend honey. progress.

Aspen Farm - Turnbull Trust

The Turnbull’s operate Aspen farm, located in Marlborough, which is 500ha across two blocks. They run more than 1,100 deer—including 450 breeding hinds and 400 weaners. They're also in the grape-growing business, selling their fruit commercially but keeping some for themselves to create Tupari Wines.

AgriSea

AgriSea was established by husband and wife duo, Keith Atwood and Jill Bradley in 1996. They had an innovative idea to harvest New Zealand seaweed and create biostiumlant products which in turn enhance plant and animal growth.

Maui Milk

Maui Milk, based on the western shores of Lake Taupō, has played a pioneering role in the growing sheep dairy industry in New Zealand. Katy Day shares her thoughts on the future of farming in New Zealand and what part they have to play.