Story: Farm families

Taranaki farming partnership

In 2008 Ben Rupapera was a sharemilker with his wife Lynne on a farm near Hāwera. Ben had worked in a freezing works for 25 years, but found that with Lynne also in a full-time job they only saw each other at night. So they sold their house and became sharemilkers, operating the business as a partnership. Lynne looks after the books, rears the calves, and is a part-time milker. The land is owned by Parininihi Ki Waitotara (PKW), a Māori land incorporation in Taranaki. Ben is a member of Ngāti Tu, while Lynne is Pākehā. Here they talk about their partnership.

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Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, 'Farm families - A new world, 1970 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008