Kiriroa future looks prosperous

ROSY OUTLOOK: Future-proofing is a key part of the King family plan as they look to further develop Kiriroa Station at Motu, where a highly successful Ahuwhenua Trophy field day was held on Thursday. Picture by Murray Robertson

Dream big, work hard, commit and compromise were among the key messages Eugene and Pania King handed out at the end of their successful Ahuwhenua Trophy field day on Kiriroa Station at Motu on Thursday.

A crowd of about 260 people attended the final field day for the three properties that have made the finals of the award for excellence in Maori sheep and beef farming.

The other two finalists are Whangara Farms and Hawke’s Bay’s Gwavas Station, with the trophy winner to be announced in Gisborne next month.

“Dream big . . . like we did,” Mrs King told the gathering. “With hard work, commitment, compromise, courage, and surround yourselves with positive people.

“Believe in yourselves and one day your dream may become a reality, too.

“That’s our closing message today to other whanau and young people who may want to be farmers or one day own their own farm/whenua,” Mrs King said.

She and her husband purchased Kiriroa in 2013.

“The strategic plan we had in place then we still have now.

“It is a list of priorities to help us to succeed and to create opportunities to be successful in every area of our business and lives.

“Accomplishing prioritised tasks provides us with opportunities to make good choices that have landed us where we are today.”

She said future-proofing was at the forefront of the King whanau plans.

“Looking back at how we got here, we are grateful for the opportunities we were so lucky to be part of . . . and being even more grateful as we look at what the future holds for the King whanau. It looks great.”

Mrs King said with a lot more mahi (work) to do, plans and goals to fulfil, “our future is looking prosperous”.

“We are also so grateful to be part of an amazing whanau and community at Motu.

“We could not think of a better place to live and raise our sons and mokopuna.”

The Kings live by their mantra.

“Poipoia te whenua, te wai, te hunga tangata ano hoki e ora tonu ia tatou.

“Look after the land, the water and the people, and all will look after you.”

Dream big, work hard, commit and compromise were among the key messages Eugene and Pania King handed out at the end of their successful Ahuwhenua Trophy field day on Kiriroa Station at Motu on Thursday.

A crowd of about 260 people attended the final field day for the three properties that have made the finals of the award for excellence in Maori sheep and beef farming.

The other two finalists are Whangara Farms and Hawke’s Bay’s Gwavas Station, with the trophy winner to be announced in Gisborne next month.

“Dream big . . . like we did,” Mrs King told the gathering. “With hard work, commitment, compromise, courage, and surround yourselves with positive people.

“Believe in yourselves and one day your dream may become a reality, too.

“That’s our closing message today to other whanau and young people who may want to be farmers or one day own their own farm/whenua,” Mrs King said.

She and her husband purchased Kiriroa in 2013.

“The strategic plan we had in place then we still have now.

“It is a list of priorities to help us to succeed and to create opportunities to be successful in every area of our business and lives.

“Accomplishing prioritised tasks provides us with opportunities to make good choices that have landed us where we are today.”

She said future-proofing was at the forefront of the King whanau plans.

“Looking back at how we got here, we are grateful for the opportunities we were so lucky to be part of . . . and being even more grateful as we look at what the future holds for the King whanau. It looks great.”

Mrs King said with a lot more mahi (work) to do, plans and goals to fulfil, “our future is looking prosperous”.

“We are also so grateful to be part of an amazing whanau and community at Motu.

“We could not think of a better place to live and raise our sons and mokopuna.”

The Kings live by their mantra.

“Poipoia te whenua, te wai, te hunga tangata ano hoki e ora tonu ia tatou.

“Look after the land, the water and the people, and all will look after you.”

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