A neighbourly gesture will allow Hawke’s Bay’s Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm to expand in the coming months.
The agricultural institution is well known for delivering quality hands-on training for some of New Zealand’s up and coming farmers. A recent purchase of the neighbouring land means the station can increase its cadet intake and expand farming operations.
Smedley Advisory Board chairman Pat Portas says the purchase has been made possible by vendors Stephen and Charlotte Wilson, who have owned and farmed the acquired property known as Parks Peak for more than 30 years.
“They see the benefit Smedley Station delivers for the wider agricultural industry and their decision to offer us their land for purchase will impact many. For this property to come available right on our boundary is extremely exciting for the future of the station,” says Portas.
Photo: From left, Howard Estate Advisory Board members Richard Hilson, Shaun Baxter, James Parsons, Pat Portas (chairman), Michelle Monteith, Rob Evans (farm manager), Russell Dever.
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Posted: 16 June 2019