Lawrence gears up for awards

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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.

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