Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 13, 2016

Seven generations tread the soil at Tolaga

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A heavy shower of rain is passing through and the temperature is plummeting outside, but the fire’s roaring in the Mokairau Station homestead and a lot of good-natured banter is being traded across the kitchen table.

It’s a welcome respite from Mokairau’s shearing shed for three of the four Reeves boys and their brother-in-law who have been doing a quick belly crutch of the farm’s ewe flock. (We dragged them outside during the afternoon run for this photo while it was dry!)

Peter and Christine Reeves and their family farm 20,000 stock units (cattle, sheep and deer) on more than 2000ha at Whangara, north of Gisborne.  This business is as much about family as it is farming.

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