PORANUI

The Hutchinson family farm "Poranui" is situated on the Southern Bays side of Banks Peninsula, where the next stop south is the Antarctic.

Brian, Helen and their three daughters Lucinda, Alice and Julia are fourth generation Hutchinson's to be farming caretakers of this land.  Originally there was a Whaling Station situated on one of the beaches, then sheep and beef farming began to take place, now it is part of the Hutchinson farming operation, with 3,500 Romney breeding ewes and cattle run over 2,000 hectares, with a finishing area of land on Kaitorete Spit, where prime lambs and cattle are finished.

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The farm is run with very traditional farming methods, with nature and the natural elements of the weather and topography of the land determining the way the hills are farmed on natural grass vegetation.  There is a lot of native tussock and scrub and bush for stock shelter.

The land runs from sea level to 400 metre's, so the harsh climate dictates the grazing areas of the land.  As the climate warms up, the stock move up in altitude as the grass grows.


 

Brian and Helen recognise the long term sustainability of the land and their business is a high priority, and have undertaken the responsibility of covenanting and fencing areas of native natural bush, for its protection and regeneration.

The passion of farming runs through the generations with the children always enthusiastic  to help in the shearing shed, with the preparation of the wool for sale, and other farming duties required for the welfare of the sheep, with the aim of producing a quality product for the customer.