August 26, 2014
Ngati Apa sees opportunity in Lincoln farm
The chair of Ngai Apa, Pahia Turia, says Lincoln University's plans for Westoe Farm near Bulls fit in with the iwi's ambition to get its young people involved with farming at a higher level.
Lincoln vice chancellor Andrew West has revealed the property will be run in conjunction with a steep hill country sheep breeding station and used for finishing lambs, raising and finishing beef cattle and growing rable crops.
Mr Turia says there are significant training opportunities on offer through Ngati Apa's partnership with the university.
"When we initially got into discussions with Lincoln i said we once were warriors but we were more likely farmers. Being disconnected from our land for four, five generations, we've got out of touch with what it is like to be farmers and so to have a tertiary provider coming into the district because we don't have any that are providing up to PhD level papers in the primary sector, it is very exciting to work alongside them to give those opportunities to our young people," he says
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