Multi-generational farming families were recognised when the small rural Otago town of Lawrence rolled out the red carpet for the 2023 New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards. Farming families gathered from across NZ to commemorate those who had gone before them, share stories, and celebrate each other’s dedication, perseverance and success over 100-plus years of farming.
Forty families were honoured at the event, bringing to 550 the number of families from throughout NZ who have received their NZ Century Farm and Station Awards (NZCFSA) awards this year.
Four families received sesquicentennial awards, acknowledging more than 150 years of ownership by the same family.
The families honoured receive distinctive bronze plaques and certificates to display on their properties.
NZCFSA chair Edward Fitzgerald said the awards are often a time for special reunions and family gatherings.
“The committee and the Lawrence community are extremely proud to host this national event, which the whole town gets behind.
“It’s often a very emotional evening for our families as the significance of getting to such an incredible milestone really hits home.”
NZCFSA’s purpose is to capture and preserve family history that 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 archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.
Applications are now open for the 2023 year and any families that have owned their farms since 1923 or earlier are encouraged to apply.
Closing deadline for applications is November 30, 2023. Further information including an application form can be found at: www.centuryfarms.co.nz