Kahungunu buys historic station

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(WaateaNews) Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated has bought one of the North Island’s biggest sheep and cattle stations.The 3680ha Tautane has been owned by the Herrick family for 111 years.

It includes 12 kilometres of coast including Cape Turnagain.

Tautane is the place where Henare Matua established the Repudiation Movement, an attempt to overturn all Maori land sales in the 1860s.

Asset holding company chair Rangi Manual says the land will be leased to Taratahi Agricultural Training for New Zealand, which will create opportunities for people from the iwi to be trained as farm managers and agri-scientists.

The coastal area could be used for aquaculture, sea ranching and reseeding of kaimoana stocks, and the iwi also sees the farm as part of its “gate to plate” plan to sell quality food into high end Asian markets.

“Tautane Station is one of the North Island’s most prestigious and iconic farm stations covering 3,680 ha of prime coastal farm land. Located on the east coast of the North Island which incorporates the majestic and historic Cape Turnagain, the property is blessed with topography of varied contours and around 12 kilometres of scenic absolute waterfront. Tautane Station spreads over rolling hills, sandy coastline and majestic hill country that ends at the Pacific Ocean, providing a wide variety of desirable natural and environmental features.While Tautane Station’s uniqueness is derived from its outstanding features, location and history, it is further enhanced by the quality and scale of the property and its breeding stock is highly recognized with store stock widely sought after in the market place.”

Local hapu Ngati Kere has adjacent farm blocks.

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