North Island Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year Award Field Day | Beef + Lamb New Zealand
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North Island Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year Award Field Day

All welcome to this field day at James Hunter’s “Rangitoto” property to celebrate him winning the North Island Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year Award.

About the winner

The themes for this field day will be ‘climate resilience’, ‘the protection and enhancement of indigenous bush and wetland areas’ and ‘addressing water quality issues in the Porangahau Catchment’.

Rangitoto has been in the Hunter family since 1854, and when James returned home to farm in 1989, he continued a legacy of erosion control planting initiated by his grandfather. James also began to explore other sustainable land management and farm forestry initiatives. This included front-footing water quality issues at a time when his contemporaries were saying “you won’t have to deal with that, you’re on hills.”

This field day is an opportunity to see how James’s planting, restoration and other on-farm projects have progressed. If you’ve never been to Rangitoto before, you are in for a treat!

Who will be there

Field day speakers will include specialists in indigenous biodiversity, water quality and of course tree growing and management. Together they will cover the topical issues of building resilience on farm, addressing soil and nutrient loss, habitat restoration and carbon sequestration.

What to bring

A 4WD vehicle, if possible (We will need to carpool in 4WDs for the farm tour), suitable clothing, sunscreen, a picnic lunch, plenty to drink and a couple of dollars for a raffle. A BBQ will be catered for at the end of the field day, but you may wish to bring your own snacks and refreshments.

How to get there

1691 Blackhead Rd. From Waipawa, head east on to Tamamu Rd, continuing on to Pourerere Rd for 21km. Turn right onto Long Range Rd and continue for 9.3km.

Staying on Long Range Rd, turn left and continue for a further 9km. Turn right onto Blackhead Rd and continue for 7.4km.

Look out for the Farm Forestry banner.

Find out more

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