Iwi and Lincoln beef up farm deal

Local iwi will work with Lincoln University at a farm near Bulls to fatten beef cattle and lambs.

The new farm is 10 kilometres north of Bulls in Rangitikei and will be run in partnership with Ngati Apa.

Further details would be announced soon, the university vice-chancellor, Dr Andrew West, said at the launch of the St Peter's School-Lincoln University demonstration dairy farm in Cambridge.

"This farm [at Bulls] will be the platform for training young people on how to finish lambs and how to raise and finish beef cattle and how to produce arable crops," he said.

Lincoln University has indicated it will expand training opportunities for those looking to go into the primary sector.

"It will be integrally linked to a steep hill country sheep breeding station," West said.

The retiring MP and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Tariana Turia, is expected to speak at the launch of the Lincoln Westoe Trust near Bulls next week.

Owner of Westoe farm, Jim Howard, had been trying to get an education package for the property for several years.

Lincoln University has had an agreement and strategic relationship with Ngati Apa since July.

It is expected there will be partnerships across education, training, research and commercial development.

Nga Wairiki-Ngati Apa rununga chairman Pahia Turia said the iwi had people in Whangaehu, Rangitikei and Turakina.

He said the rununga, or tribal council, was keen to see the Maori population in the region given better access to primary sector training and tertiary education.

Pahia Turia said that through its treaty settlements, Ngati Apa had land, most recently by buying the Flock House farm of 332 hectares about 15 kilometres west of Bulls.

The property was jointly owned by the iwi, Waitatapia Station - owned by Hew and Roger Dalrymple - and Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation, a breeding farm between Whanganui and Ruapehu.

The consortium had a dairy farm, and a sheep and beef unit, as well as a forestry block.

Turia said the runanga was a committed investor in the primary sector.

Lincoln was expanding its farms to train and educate young people and assist farmers to farm more productively and profitably while maintaining their environmental integrity, West said.

Manawatu Standard