James Cameron buys property in Featherston - reports
A Hollywood filmmaker is expanding his organics empire in the Wairarapa.
James Cameron, the man behind Titanic and the Terminator and Avatar films, owns at least 13 parcels of land in the region totalling more than 1500 hectares and worth tens of millions of dollars.
The 61-year-old father of four spends time each year at his secluded Wairarapa home with his family while working on the Avatar sequels being made here in New Zealand.
Last year, it was reported Cameron had bought Te Manaia Organics, a vegetable-growing business based south of Masterton.
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The business has been run from Cameron's extensive spread along Western Lake Rd south of Featherston, land formerly used for intensive dairy farming.
Cameron's plant-based diet and strong beliefs about protecting the environment have led to all the dairy production being shut down and being replaced with crops.
It has been confirmed this week Cameron has another Featherston property to his portfolio.
NZME reports the section at 10 Daniell St, located next to the railway line and once the town's Post and Telegraph Depot, was sold to one of Cameron's companies, T base 2.
"They will be developing the property to be used in conjunction with his farm ventures on Western Lake Rd," NZME states.
The property was formerly owned by South Wairarapa's Mayor Adrienne Staples and her husband Don.
Te Manaia Organics' former owner Jeremy Howden has been contacted for further comment.