[11 June/Farmers Weekly]

The 12th annual Century Farm and Station awards honoured 32 new families. People gathered to share stories and celebrate each other’s dedication, perseverance and success over the 100 plus years of farming. Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones as well as others took part in the celebrations. Mr Jones presented the families with their plaques. He identified the connection and love of the land by the families and acknowledged the commitment by their forebears to reach such an important milestone. Awards Chairwoman, Karen Roughan, was happy with how the weekend went and said it was wonderful to see the families embrace the weekend and their time together. The purpose of the awards was to capture and preserve family histories that might otherwise be lost. A total of 430 families have received the awards. Applications are open for the 2018 year for any families that have owned their farms since 1918 or earlier.