Waimarama Orchards

Ngāti Kuri kaumatua and kuia bless the Orchards

On Saturday 25th of June around 40 people attended the blessing of Waimarama Orchards. This was led by Ngāti Kuri kaumatua Charlie Petera, Whiti Maaka, Pineaha Murray and Bob Wells. This was followed by a guided tour of the orchard led by the manager Paul Tolladay.

Blessing led Charlie Petera, Whiti Marker, Pineaha Murray and Bob Wells.
Blessing led Charlie Petera, Whiti Marker, Pineaha Murray and Bob Wells.
Around 40 people attended the blessing of Waimarama Orchards
Around 40 people attended the blessing of Waimarama Orchards
Manager, Paul Tolladay, leads a tour of the orchard
Manager, Paul Tolladay, leads a tour of the orchard
Kuia Merimeri Penfold enjoys the tour of the orchard
Kuia Merimeri Penfold enjoys the tour of the orchard
Orchard Manager Paul Tolloday explains how the avocado trees are nurtured
Orchard Manager Paul Tolloday explains how the avocado trees are nurtured
Aerial view of Waimarama Orchard
Aerial view of Waimarama Orchard
Closer view showing the 6.4h dam/lake and overall set-up of the orchard
Closer view showing the 6.4h dam/lake and overall set-up of the orchard
The orchard has two popular varieties of avocado - Hass and Reed
The orchard has two popular varieties of avocado - Hass and Reed
A small section of the avocado trees that line the landscape of the orchard
A small section of the avocado trees that line the landscape of the orchard
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About the Orchards

  • 311 Hectares
  • Approximately 60 Hectares planted, sheltered, contoured and irrigated
  • 9,000 Hass Trees
  • 13,000 Reed Trees
  • 6.4 Hectare dam, 4.6 M litre capacity
  • Employing 5 full time with extra part time staff at harvest