Ngāi Tahu Farming

Ngāi Tahu whakapapa (genealogy) binds us to the mountains, land, forests, and waters. Underpinning this unique relationship is the belief that the natural environment sustains people, and that in turn, we have a responsibility to nurture the environment through the generations. 

Our farming operation includes the management of more than 100,000 hectares of beef farms, dairy farms, forestry operations, and high country stations. It is essential to us that all our practices — whether on land, waterways, or in forests — are in line with our role as a kaitiaki (custodian) of the environment. We invest in leading farm technologies, which is vital for productivity and provides real-time information to help us manage the environmental impact of our activities.

We strive for a balance between our environmental, commercial, cultural, and social objectives through our farming. Therefore, we actively seek knowledge, from our Manawhenua Working Party through to our specialist advisory team, and a board and management team with broad industry experience.

— Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te iwi – when land and water are sustained the people will prosper — 


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Te Whenua Hou

Te Whenua Hou — 6,700 ha of irrigated pasture near Christchurch, for dairy and dairy support.

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Balmoral — 8,900 ha of cleared North Canterbury forestry land being converted to irrigated pasture for our beef operations  

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High Country Stations

High Country Stations — 29,000 ha over three high country stations at the head of Whakatipu Wai Māori (Lake Whakatipu), Queenstown.

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Forestry — 54,000 ha of native and exotic forests, primarily on Te Tai Poutini (the West Coast).