Te Uranga B2 Incorporation - Physical Overview

  • Soils - Yellow brown earth, yellow brown loam, yellow brown pumice 
  • Rock Types -Jointed and banded mudstone, pumice, greywacke, limestone, ignimbrite
  • Prevailing Wind - North westerly 
  • Rain Bearing Wind - Easterly
  • Altitude:
    • Summit of Mt Hikurangi - 514 above sea level (a.s.l)
    • Steeper hill country - 350 - 460 a.s.l
    • Top flats - 365 a.s.l
    • Flats on Koromiko - 258 a.s.l c
  • Total area - 2,369 ha

Nga Whenua 

Nga Whenua Rahui was established by the government in 1991 to provide funding for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land. Its scope covers the full range of natural diversity originally present in the landscape.

Cultural use of these natural areas - access to harvest for carving and medicinal use - is blended with the acceptance of public access within the agreements. The objective is long-term protection with inter-generational reviews of conditions.            

Te Uranga B2's introduction to, what is today termed "sustainable land management", was in effect its 1994 endorsement of a Nga Whenua Rahui Kawenata over 105 hectares of regenerating native forest. Since then a further 4 ecosystems have been withdrawn from farming including 35 ha of wetland known as Te Wharepapa. 16 ha of Te Wharepapa is planted in harakeke (flax) in grid pattern for ease of general maintenance and future harvesting

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Horizons

The environmental works programme adopted by the Incorporation was to be enhanced by an approach from Horizons Regional Council to participate in its Whole Farm Plan. This partnership has provided for an assesment of land and water resources, identification of environmental issues and recommendation of tailored best practices, planning integrated business/environmental plans and procedures to monitor responsibilities, maintenance and support.

Marae 2002

This story screened on 'Marae', TVNZ on Sunday 5 July 2002. Derek Fox was the programme's presenter with Derek Wooster producing 'Marae' as well as directing this clip about environmental work on Hikurangi Station (Te Uranga B2 Inc. Taumarunui). Potaka Maipi was the reporter.

 

Ballance Farm Environment Awards 2013 - Horizons Region

'The Ballance Farm Environment Awards celebrates role models who show how sustainable farming practices can be part of a profitable farm business and can inspire, motivate and educate others.'

Te Uranga B2 was invited to enter the Horizons region of these prestigious awards. At the awards evening in Palmerston North on 8 March Te Uranga B2 won two Specialist Regional Awards:- The Margaret Matthews Trophy for Commitment to Sustainabilty presented to Vonda Houpapa and Horizons Regional Council Award (for the integration of trees) presented to Jack Valois, Upoko Sheep & Beef farm manager. In the Open Section of the awards Dean and Lucy Marshall, sharemilkers on Paatara Dairy farm were presented the LIC Dairy Farm Award.

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 LIC Representative Bryan Guy (L) with Dean Marshall - 'Paatara Dairy Unit'.
Vonda Houpapa with Tim Matthews.
 Jack Valois flanked by Horizons Regional Council members Vern Chettleburg (L) Bruce Gordon (R)

 

Paatara LIC Ballance Environment Farm Award Video.


 Upoko given award for integration of trees on its sheep & beef farm by

 Horizons in the 2013 Ballance farm Environmental Awards 2013.