Scholar Profiles 2019
Ben was raised on his family’s Wairarapa hill country sheep and beef cattle farm. He is now based in Wellington working for Beef + Lamb New Zealand as a senior analyst, still near the farm and often back home to work.After working in research and conservation roles in New Zealand, USA and Panama, Ben completed his PhD investigating eco-system services. Ben worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries in biosecurity policy before joining Beef + Lamb New Zealand.With New Zealand’s agriculture export-focused, improving the diversity of markets can help to minimise volatility and maximise highest value outcomes. There are markets that have traditionally used sheep products that maybe under-utilised by New Zealand. Ben is interested in researching this during his scholarship.
Cam owns and operates a 750 cow dairy farm near Oxford, North Canterbury. With degrees in engineering and finance, he has worked in a range of dairy industry roles including time with Fonterra and DairyNZ.Alongside overseeing farming operations, Cameron currently commits much of his time to the Waimakariri Zone Committee in setting local environmental limits and to representing farmers as North Canterbury Federated Farmers Provincial President.“All farmers will benefit from adopting the latest innovative practices on the farm and encouraging others to do the same. The faster we can encourage farming to evolve, the less regulatory and public pressure we will have to endure”. Finding the factors that increase the speed of innovation adoption among farmers is a key interest for Cameron.A trainee in music, golf, snowboarding, flying and Te Reo, Cameron enjoys learning and giving anything a go.
Corrigan lives in the small rural community of Golden Bay with his wife Ruth Guthrie and their two sons Wylie (7) and Tim (5). He is a partner and manager of the family’s dairy farming business alongside his parents and brother Sam. Corrigan is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science, was a former Consulting Officer with DairyNZ and Farm Consultant with FarmRight in Canterbury.Alongside managing their 400ha dairy farming business, Corrigan has several off-farm roles. He is Chair and Independent Director of the South Island Dairy Development Centre (SIDDC) which operates the Lincoln University Dairy Farm. He is also Deputy Chair of the DairyNZ Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum, an initiative to foster and strengthen environmental stewardship and community leadership amongst New Zealand Dairy Farmers.Farming practices that strengthen the integrity of the food produced is something Corrigan wants to better understand. “How can we give our farmers better market signals about the value they are creating in their production systems, especially inside a large cooperative?”
Hamish is a 41-year-old, 5th generation, an intensive arable farmer from Methven in the South Island. Hamish is married to Melanie and they have three daughters aged 8,5 and 3. Prior to a farming career, Hamish graduated Lincoln University with B COM Ag in 2000 and then spent 4 years with Ravensdown Fertiliser as a field officer based in Ashburton. With his brother and parents, they farm 500ha of arable crops specialising in small seeds.Outside of farming and family, Hamish is involved in several industry organisations. He is also active within Federated farmers and represents the Herbage seed growers section in Mid Canterbury and within that on the management committee for the Seed Quality Merchants Association, a board that oversees the seed certification scheme on behalf of MPI. Hamish is also involved with the Foundation for Arable Research on the Mid Canterbury Arable Research Group and the Research and Development Advisory Committee. Outside of work he has become a council member on the Ashburton Scottish society representing the Ashburton Pipe Band.Farmers over the years have become dependent on a vast array of synthetic agrichemicals as a means of controlling weeds, pests and diseases and as a result, increasing yields across the board but this is being challenged and Hamish hopes to study the regulation that is being introduced in Europe and the implications for NZ.
Hamish, wife Jessica, three children, Lucy (5) Margot (3) and Jonty (1) farm Bluff Station a 13000 ha High Country property in Marlborough. South Island NZ. He completed an agricultural degree at Lincoln University NZ, economics at Cambridge University (UK), and worked with the New Zealand Merino Company, before returning home to farm in 2008.Hamish has been managing the farming operation including sheep, cattle and a recent diversification into beekeeping and honey production. He is also on the governance board for the Post Quake farming group helping with recovery from the November 16 Kaikoura Earthquake and a production science group for the New Zealand Merino Company.Hamish has a real focus on people and relationships and is planning to investigate how the differences in environment, education and culture have shaped the values of our consumers and employees. Recognizing and understanding how these values have been formed and vary between culture and generations is key the success of our marketing efforts being a small export-led country. He aims to search out those organisations in our key export markets for wool, meat and honey which are engaging consumers and understand what is making them successful.
Scholar Profiles 2018
With 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s aquaculture industry, Andy Elliot has a strong background in the commercial development of new aquaculture species and related businesses.He lives in Nelson, with partner Bec and their three boys. He heads the R&D and business development activities for Wakatū Incorporation (Wakatū), a Māori-owned organisation. Kono NZ LP, their food and drinks business, exports to over 40 countries.Andy is passionate about their aim at Wakatu to add value to existing food products through exploring high value nutrition and food ingredients.Prior to working for Wakatū, Andy worked for the Cawthron Institute also spending several years living and working on Stewart Island developing paua hatcheries. Andy studied at Otago University where he gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Science.
Simon, is a third generation kiwifruit grower from Te Puke. Simon along with his wife Katey and three daughters grows both green and gold varieties of kiwifruit and has recently planted their first Avocado trees. Simon also owns and manages a kiwifruit contracting business, Ranfurly Orchard Services, which just recently won the supreme award at the Te Puke business awards. Simon has governance roles on a number of Kiwifruit industry organisationsAfter completing a management degree at Waikato University Simon spent four years in Auckland working in various supply chain roles. After re-evaluating their future, Simon and Katey moved to Te Puke where Simon and his father started a kiwifruit contracting business. They also bought their first small kiwifruit orchard giving them an opening to the industry.
Central Otago based, Kate is an Executive Director of Landpro Limited, a planning and surveying company she jointly founded in 2007, before which Kate and her husband Scott Levings were managing a 200ha dairy farm at Roxburgh where both were involved in the day to day operation of the farm.Kate is passionate about the primary industries and the environment, and works across a broad range of sectors, including dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and viticulture. Kate also has extensive irrigation experience, including as the project manager for the Manuherikia Catchment. With her scholarship she is interested in looking at ways for New Zealand to reduce its agri-enviro footprint, including benchmarking New Zealand’s environmental performance against other major agricultural nations.Kate and Scott have three sons, George (7), Ted (3) and Henry (1 1/2), who enjoy the benefits of living so close to Lake Dunstan as well as to the southern ski fields from their home in Bannockburn.
A background combining farm systems and natural resource management drives Turi McFarlane’s passion to enhance the sustainability of New Zealand’s primary sector. Of Te Atiawa and Ngai Tahu decent, Turi also has a keen interest in Maori agribusiness.Turi grew up on a small family sheep and beef farm on Banks Peninsula and now finds himself back in the district with wife Jessie and their three children Ezra, Micah and Sarai, working in a new role with Ravensdown Environmental, as Senior Farm Environmental Consultant. Turi previously worked for Beef+Lamb NZ as South Island environment extension manager.His interest in agricultural systems and sustainable land management led to tertiary study at Massey University where he completed a Batchelor of Science with a double major in Agricultural Science and Ecology which was followed by a Master of Applied Science at Lincoln University majoring in International Rural Development.
Solis hails from near Port Chalmers, Dunedin and brings a mix of academic and industry experience having completed a Bachelor in Agricultural Science at Massey in 1996, a Masters Degree in Applied Science then a PhD in the epidemiology of Johne’s disease in New Zealand dairy herds.He joined the New Zealand Deer Industry as Project Manager for their newly established national programme against Johne’s disease. After ten years, the industry has achieved a substantial success.He seeks to lead New Zealand agriculture toward genuinely sustainable farming systems from an energy and emissions perspective and received an Agmardt Leadership Award in 2014 which allowed travel to the US and visits to energy experts there.
Scholar Profiles 2017
Improving employment conditions and promoting the primary industries as an attractive career option are key to securing talented young people in the industry, new Nuffield scholar Jason Rolfe believes. Living in New Plymouth with his new wife Christina, Jason is the Taranaki area manager for FMG Insurance, a role he has held for the last year.
Mat Hocken is carrying on the family legacy, farming the Manawatu property that has been in his family for over 125 years and acting as an advocate for farmers through his roles with Federated Farmers. He returned to the family property, Grassmere, in 2013 after a successful career studying law and politics and working overseas in consultancy roles covering areas like climate change and energy.
Rebecca Hyde believes improved collaboration between sectors and industry can help achieve better environmental outcomes and she plans to research this topic further as part of her scholarship. Oxford-based, Rebecca’s passion for the environment extends to her work with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, where she is South Island team leader of farm sustainability services.
Having grown up in rural communities all her life and as a director of a farming operation in Mid-Canterbury, Nadine is a committed Primary Industry advocate and believes the agriculture sector is at an exciting crossroads. Nadine, and husband, Tim’s main driver is to leave their three daughters with a farm that is sustainable and are passionate about regenerating soil structure and encouraging a biologically active system through no-tillage and the use of the Kinsey Albrecht fertiliser system. When not helping with the farming operation Nadine works for NZ Young Farmers as their National Communications Manager.
Third-generation farmer David Kidd, who won the Young Farmer of the Year contest in 2014 and has a strong background in the finance industry, is one of six new Nuffield scholars for 2017. David manages a 550ha beef finishing property at Shelly Beach, South Kaipara Head Peninsula. He and his wife Janine have spent the past four and a half years developing the property, gradually improving its carrying capacity and productivity. Before becoming a farmer, David spent six years working in the finance industry in New Zealand and Australia.
South Canterbury dairy farmer Ryan O’Sullivan has been named as a Nuffield scholar for 2017. Ryan is married to Tina and the couple have three children, aged from five to nine. The O’Sullivans are equity managers of a large-scale farming operation near Fairlie, South Canterbury, comprising a 1200-cow, irrigated dairy unit run in conjunction with 550ha of dairy support. Previously, Ryan attended Lincoln University then began a 10-year career in rural banking.
Study Topic: Internationalisation of New Zealand Agribusiness
Study Topic: Cell cultured food and the potential impact on animal farming
Study Topic: Regenerative Agriculture
Study Topic: How will the internal development of the China Dairy Industry effect New Zealand?
Study Topic: Governance
Study Topic: Adding Value Through Environmental Management
Study Topic: Leveraging off Human Capability
Study Topic: Managing Farm Income Volatility
Study Topic: Communities Coping With Limits
Study Topic: Global Potato Production – Helping Feed the World
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Study Topic: How does an agricultural business maintain its essence and become better at fulfilling its purpose?
Lucy Griffiths (nee Cruikshank)
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Study Topic: Business Plan for the NZ Sheep Dairy Industry
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Study Topic: Capturing Value
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Study Topic: The use of mobile technology in the red meat sector
Follow Tafi http://nuffield2013.blogspot.com.au/
Study Topic: Good to Great Extension – Influencing on farm change at pace and scale
Follow Sophie http://sophiestanley.wordpress.com/
Study Topic: Harnessing Social Media in Agriculture
Follow Lisa http://harpernuffield13.blogspot.com.au/
Study Topic: Supporting entrepreneurship in New Zealand agriculture
Follow Natasha http://gonenuffing.wordpress.com/
Study Topic: Can Generating Gas and Electricity be the Solution to New Zealand Dairy Effluent Management?
Follow Steve http://stevewilkinsnuffield.blogspot.co.nz/
Study Topic: Synergies between arable and dairy – With a focus on effluent and nutrients
Study Topic: Maximising Farmer Value within the Natural Fibre Supply Chain
Study Topic: Capability Development of Farmers through Farmer Networks
Study Topic: Future Technologies in Arable Farming
Study Topic: Farmer Adaptation to Change with the Threat of Regulation
Study Topic: Understanding Our Asian Customers
Study Topic: Catchment Management Strategies
Study Topic: How Do Dairy Co-Operatives Grow For Famers’ Benefit?
Study Topic: Agriculture Education and Training in New Zealand
Study Topic: Animal Welfare, Environmental and Ethical Issues Affecting The Value Of New Zealand’s Pastoral Products
Study Topic: Family Business Continuance: A Global Perspective
Study Topic: Indigenous Peoples and How They Have Adapted To Modern Farming Practices
Study Topic: Supply Chain Relationships and Value Chain Design
Study Topic: Bridging the Divide Craige Mackenzie
Study Topic: Understanding the Carbon Footprint in Farming Systems
Study Topic: Adding Value to New Zealand Milk
Study Topic: Meat Supply Chains and Climate Change
Study Topic: The Value Chain in Pork Products in New Zealand
Study Topic: Integration of Conservation and Farm Production
Study Topic: Sustainability of Agricultural Systems regarding Nutrient Losses
Study Topic: Primary Industry Investment in Longer Term Research and Innovation
Study Topic: How Companies Innovate and How New Zealand Companies Can Innovate Better
Study Topic: Use of Antibiotics in Food Production/Lamb Marketing Opportunities in North America
Study Topic: Staffing Solutions for Primary Industries
Jim van der Poel
Study Topic: Capital Structures of Large Corporations
Study Topic: To GE or Not to GE? New Zealand’s Dilemma
Study Topic: The future impact of biotechnology on stock, forage and food
John S. Wilson
Study Topic: Measuring co-op and plc performance
Study Topic: Sustainable Farming Systems
New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholars 1980-1999
Richardson, Alan.G. (Sonia) Tapanui
Study Topic: Sustainable and organic livestock farming in the EU, quality assurance schemes for livestock farms, impact of animal welfare groups
Bull, Miss C.A. (Catherine)
Study Topic: The issues facing the dairy industry in a changing world market.
James, MrsMarise L. (Bryn) New Plymouth
Study Topic: Ownership structures of the dairy industry, animal welfare, environmental and food safety issues – UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, USA.
Old, Kevin M. Morrinsville, now Canterbury Study Topic: Dairy industry structures – Europe, USA, Argentina.
Douglas, Murray B. (Marcelle) Whangarei
Study Topic: Resource management issues, dairy processing and marketing in the UK and Europe.
Harris, Paul M. Tutira
Study Topic: Marketing of primary products – Asia, Europe, UK, Eire, Eastern bloc.
Raine, Julian R. (Cathy) Nelson
Study Topic: Integrated fruit production in response to European developments in this field – Chile, USA, UK, Europe.
Brown, Douglas A. (Jeannie) Oamaru
Study Topic: Sheep industry in EU – UK, Ireland, Europe, China.
Taggart, Murray J. (Gina) Oxford
Study Topic: Meat marketing, branded versus generic promotion – Europe
Wright, A Stuart. (Angela) Sheffield
Study Topic: Seed potato production, disease management in arable crops – UK, Canada, Holland, France, Zimbabwe.
Barton, Roger T. (Barbie) Greytown
Study Topic: TB, animal welfare, chemical residues in wool – UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany
Reilly, A P. (Tony) (Kathy) Takaka
Study Topic: Social effects of GATT. Environmental impacts of Ag. Dairy breeding. Rural education
Polson, Alastair R. (Bo) Wanganui
Study Topic: On farm quality assurance, meat marketing, trade and the environment – UK, France, Dk
Schrider, Noel A. ( Maria) Patea
Study Topic: Animal production, welfare and environmental effects associated with high input dairying – UK, Ireland, Holland, France.
Vernon, Jenni A. (Gordon) Ngaruawahia
Study Topic: Milk Marketing Board Changes – Netherlands, France, UK.
Jopp, A J. (Tony) (Jillian) Alexandra
Study Topic: Agricultural policy in the UK and Europe
Mackenzie, R Ian. (Diana) Ashburton
Study Topic: Farm management – UK, Denmark, Holland, France, USA, Canada
Howey, A C. (Tony) (Afsaneh) Pleasant Point
Munro, Dennis L. (Liz Greenslade) Wairoa
Study Topic: The international markets for the NZ sheep and beef sector – M. East, UK, Europe, USA
Daniell, Derek M. (Chris) Masterton
Study Topic: Chilled lamb, joint ventures, genetic engineering, wool promotion, effects of intensive farming on the environment – UK, Europe, Russia, USA
McNab, Bruce. (Fay) Oamaru
Study Topic: Marketing NZ sheep meat in Europe
Luscombe, Philip C. (Ainsley) Manaia
Study Topic: EC policy trade issues, environmental pollution. UK, Ireland, Europe
Palmer, John L. (Sally) Nelson
Study Topic: International fruit marketing – UK, Europe, USA.
Shepherd, David J. (Elizabeth) Mosgiel
Study Topic: Land ownership, farm occupancy systems, rural financing
Grant, Alan G. (Alison) Ashburton
Study Topic: Market access arrangements for NZ meat, marketing effectiveness of NZ Meat Board – UK, N.Europe, USA, Canada
Mandeno, Tom G. (Anna) Tuakau
Study Topic: Sheep and wool industries, reorganisation of local govt in Scotland – UK
Lee, W W. (Bill) (Susie) Gebbies Valley
Study Topic: Wool promotion and marketing – UK, Europe
Mathis, Geoff C. (Marion) Tirau
Study Topic: UK dairy industry – all EEC countries
Davison, Richard W. (Elizabeth) Culverden
Study Topic: EC sheepmeat regime, history of agricultural protection – UK, France, Belgium
Hamilton, Bruce N. (Joan) Westport
Study Topic: Industrial relations, environmental conflict resolution – UK, France, Israel, Holland, Denmark, Canada
Herlihy, Gavin J. (Gerarda) Ranfurly
Study Topic: Water adminisration, meat marketing. – UK, France, Ireland
Kirke, Derek M. (Clare) Wanaka
Study Topic: The production, manufacture and marketing of man made and woollenfibre – UK, France, Germany, Greece, USA
Cook, Peter L. (Jan) Stratford
Study Topic: Production, processing, marketing/devt wool; beef from the dairy industry – USA, Canada, UK, W.Europe
Hurst, Dave P. (Nicky) Te Puke
Study Topic: Multiproduct farm and business management with emphasis on dairying. – UK, Europe, USA
Marshall, Hon Denis W A., (Annette) Queenstown
Study Topic: Marketing primary products. Role of CAP. – N America, UK, Europe
Nelson, R Martin. Te Aroha
Study Topic: Beef potential of NZ dairy herd – USA, UK, France
Jackson, Peter A H. (Pru) Ngaruawahia
Study Topic: Sheep production. Marketing of wool and meat products, – UK, Europe, USA Pye, Alan J. Christchurch
McFarlane, Don G. (Di) Temuka-now Geraldine
Study Topic: Crop management, irrigation, co-op marketing, resource planning UK, Israel, USA
Shirley, Graeme A. (Anne) Tauranga
Study Topic: Rural servicing and social issues wich affect rural communities- Meat Industry – UK, France, Denmark, Holland, USA
Dunlop, Kerry J. (Kit) Winton
Study Topic: Meat marketing, co-operatives, management of prolific sheep – UK, France, Denmark
Jennings, Owen R. (Doreen) Auckland
Study Topic: Dairying, wetlands, environment. – UK, Ireland, Europe
New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholars 1951-1978
Hopkins, John D. (Elaine) Manawatu
Study Topic: Dairy farming – UK, America Percy, J Cedric. (Ronny) Masterton
Study Topic: UK, Europe, USA
Robertson, Graham B. Ashburton
Study Topic: Arable farming – UK, Europe
Glass, Eddie., MBE. (Valerie) Ashburton
Study Topic: Farm management – UK, USA
Murfitt, Garry P. JP. (Jane) Pahiatua
Study Topic: Meat and wool production and marketing from farm gate to consumer. – Asia, UK and Europe
Hall, Grahame W. (Sandy) Rotorua
Study Topic: Dairying, co-operatives, local government – UK, Europe 1975
Neilson, Geoffrey W. (Ailsa) Dunedin
Study Topic: Requirement and methods of retailing meat and wool. Farm training institutes – UK
Bull, Douglas M L. (Tess) Whakatane
Study Topic: Large farm management, farmer training, agricultural co-operatives – UK, Rep Ireland
Kingsbury, Lyn R. (Gillian) Rakaia
Study Topic: Irrigation, sheep breeds, devt of agricultural training – Israel, UK
Horrell, P John. (Judy) Northland
Study Topic: Intensifying land usage, forestry
Wright, Alex G. (Joan) Rakaia
Study Topic: Arable herbage seed production, plant variety rights – U
Mitchell, Robin F. (dec’d) (Judith ) Palmerston North
Study Topic: Dairy and beef – UK
Jensen, Peter P. (Anne) Tauranga
Study Topic: Dairying – UK, Ireland, Denmark
Plummer, Timothy J. (Mary) Waipawa
Study Topic: Applied animal genetics – UK Pinney, Bernard. (dec’d) ( Jenny) Canterbury
Gower, Derek H. Hamilton
Study Topic: Large dairy farm mangt. – France, UK, Canada
Geddes, Kevin J D. (Lorraine) Christchurch
Study Topic: Agri politics, wool – UK Burnside,
Robbie A. (Elspeth) Balclutha
Study Topic: Agricultural training, beef overwintering systems, meat processing and marketing – U
Waite, Barry T (Margaret) Te Puke
UK Scholar 1971, emigrated 1977
Study Topic: Dairying and grassland – Australia, NZ
Elworthy, Sir Peter H. KB (dec’d) (Fiona)
Study Topic: Co-operatives, agricultural politics UK
Macdonald, Ken J., JP., Tauranga
Study Topic: Dairy farming – UK.
Watson, D G. (dec’d) Canterbury
Study Topic: Management and training – UK
Scott, Jonathan M. Woodend McFall, Morris S. (Hilary) Te Awamutu
Study Topic: Intensive dairying – UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada, USA
McLaren, Ross E. (Jan) Hamilton
Study Topic: Large dairy herds and beef from the dairy herd – UK, USA
Naylor, Max R. (dec’d) Queenstown
Study Topic: Business management, sheep breeding – UK
Acland, John O. (Rosemary) Geraldine
Wright, Ness Q. (dec’d) Sheffield
Harvey, Don J. (Margaret) Taranaki
Study Topic: Dairy beef
Tripe, J Nick. Wanganui
Study Topic: EEC entry by UK. Prolific sheep, intensive beef
Bamford, Michael T. (dec’d) Masterton
Kneebone, John T., CMG. (John) Tirau
Graham, Frank C. (Beverley) Turangi
Study Topic: Sheep and cropping – UK
Morrison, Pat G. Darfield
Study Topic: Arable farming
Cocks, J Ron. (dec’d) (Jessie) Ashburton
Dalzell Reg. (Doris) Winton
Study Topic: Cereal production, sheep production, farm management
Clarke, John. (Margaret) South Otago
Study Topic: Sheep farming, cropping – UK
O’Connor, John D. (Del) Westport
Study Topic: Dairying, small farms, devt of marginal land – UK
Daniell, John L. (dec’d) (Christine) Masterton
Pullar, Gordon J. (Margaret) Gore
Study Topic: Sheep, meat, wool production, marketing, supplementary feed crops, grain bulk harvesting and handling – UK
Hunt W F. (Bill) (dec’d) ( Ruth) Cromwell
Study Topic: Small seed production, feed lots for cattle – UK, USA
McLennan, Brian A. (dec’d) Masterton
James, H Alan. (dec’d) Masterton
McKenzie, Don K (dec’d) Ashburton
Baker, David G. (dec’d) (Allison) Cave
Hulston, Don J. (dec’d) Waimate
Badger G E. (dec’d) Okaihau, Kaitoke
S Don Sinclair. (dec’d) Nelson
Curd, P C. (dec’d) Ashburton
Study Topic: Rearing and Finishing Beef Cattle in the UK
McLean, R J. (dec’d) Invercargill
De Lautour, Philip A. (dec’d) (Philip and Natalie) Wairoa
Study Topic: Sheep and cattle breeds in the UK, with assessment of their value to NZ Mackenzie, Clutha N. (dec’d) Scargill
Corrigan, John R. Matamata, now Tauranga
Jarman, F W (Ron) Darfield
Gordon, Rt.Hon. J B. (dec’d) Heriot
Holderness, T D John. (dec’d) Gebbies Valley
Slater, Gilbert S. (dec’d ) Geraldine
Linklater, H M. (Jack) (dec’d) Palmerston North
Nutt, Graham A. (dec’d) Christchurh
Plummer, Peter S. (dec’d) Waipawa
Murphy Brian E (dec’d) Kaponga, Taranaki
Hilgendorf, Sir Charles. (dec’d)