We, as a family love living here in New Zealand, particularly in the Amuri. We are really settled here and think it’s a great supportive community where people “still look after their neighbours” We have found there to be fantastic farming opportunities for us here and we are very lucky to be 50/50 sharemilkers on a wonderful farm with very supportive farm owners near Rotherham. These opportunities would not have been available to us in the uk. Our eldest child will be starting at Rotherham school next year, and we are pleased that there are so many wonderful schools in this area.
I currently relief milk, rear calves and do all the bookwork and HR for the farm. In addition I am treasurer of Amuri St John, and treasurer of the Amuri Rural Women’s Dinner Group (a branch of RWNZ).
Along with Sharron Dave-Martin we have produced the Welcome to Amuri booklet and website, which is designed for new people moving to or visiting the area.
Our story and experiences of Rural New Zealand are very positive. We moved to NZ from the UK in 2006 after holidaying here in 2005. We spent a just over a year living at Rangitata near Geraldine where Kevin was employed initially as a Herd Manager on a large Dairy Farm, he then went on to manage a unit for the same company in the area. I meanwhile worked in Timaru, and we got married in March 2007.
We moved to Culverden in 2007 for the beginning of the dairy season and were given the opportunity to Contract Milk two farms in the area. From then on, we decided that we liked this area and community and wanted to stay to raise our family. We took on an equity manager’s position in June 2008 when our first son was 5 months old and stayed there for 3 years before going to 50/50 share-milkers on a great farm at Mouse Point from June 2011. We have since had another son in 2010 and are due our third child any day now. We consider ourselves to be very privileged to live in such a great country and community.