Sustainability is our biggest driver here.

Looking after the land so that in turn it will look after us in. To achieve this we’ve developed sustainability plans right across our farm and our business – plans that we use every day to make informed decisions about the future.

No detail is ignored. Cropping, fencing, stock, you name it we have a best practice guideline in place for the best possible end result.

Keeping our waterways fresh and clean is a given. We also aim to stay true to our natural environment by keeping things as native as possible - but not so rigidly that it could harm our stock or our farm. And while we’re not reliant on tech, we have teamed up with Farm IQ to help us analyse, compare and plan smarter, more sustainable ways to farm in the future.

It’s all part of the landscape here at Whangara, managing the farm to help us preserve the goodness for future generations to enjoy.

Richard Scholefield, General Manager

Richard Scholefield

General manager

Richard has worked in the agriculture industry for over 18 years now, in the USA, UK and here in New Zealand. During this time, he has managed sheep and beef farms for 14 years, with 7 of these managing various Māori incorporations. He was appointed to the role of General Manager of Whangara Farms in 2006.

A dedicated family man, Richard is married to Karen and also has three young children Hannah, Leah and Jacob. As well as his passion for farming, Richard enjoys playing rugby and he has represented Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby from 2007 to 2010.