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2017 East Coast Regional Supreme Winners

2 March 2017

2017 East Coast Regional Supreme Winners

Trees have been grown on Maraetara by five generations of the Holt family and Philip Holt is still planting.

Philip and Robyn Holt have farmed the original part of Maraetara near Bay View for 35 years. Some of the blocks now under the Maraetara umbrella have been farmed by Philip’s great grandfather and by two of his grandfathers.

Maraetara Farming Company farms 1485 hectares (1305ha effective) mostly medium to steep hill country with 100ha of flats. The land includes 88ha of pines, 14ha of alternative species, 21ha of planted natives, an 18ha QE II National Trust covenant and an 184ha open space covenant.