Lawrence gears up for awards
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is guest of honour at the upcoming New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards to be held at Lawrence.
The awards dinner, which celebrates farmers working their land for 100 years or more, will be held on May 26.
More than 200 people are expected to attend the function, to formally honour 32 families from throughout New Zealand.
The event’s purpose is to capture and preserve the family history which might otherwise be lost through the generations.
Families submit narratives of their farm history, together with copies of related photographs and supporting documents which are then archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, ensuring all records are kept in perpetuity.
This year will be the first awards dinner as chairperson for long-serving committee member Karen Roughan.
This year also sees an increase of sesquicentennial awards, with 11 of the 32 families achieving the milestone of retaining their farm for 150 years or more in the same family.