Alpine Liberation

A brief introduction to Lake Hawea Station.

The book ‘The secret Wisdom of Nature’ by Peter Wohlleben says ‘Nature is like a mechanism in an enormous clock. Everything is neatly arranged and interconnected’. At Lake Hawea Station we will ensure that everyone working on the Station understands the delicate balance and that every entity has a purpose and a role in this unique ecosystem. We needed to liberate our minds. A new approach to farming this historic sheep and beef station one that puts the ecosystem first.

The first step taken by the new owners in 2018 was to fence a stunning mature Kowhai Grove. In doing so the Kowhai themselves, their seedlings and other juvenile natives were liberated from years of stock invasion. Then they liberated a 35m strip along the lake. Planted ten thousand trees. Creating a new native forest and also fencing off the stations seven kilometers of lake front from stock.

Next, they looked to the critically endangered species. How can we support/liberate these?

The cattle numbers were halved and the station began looking for revenue flow, soil and pasture management systems which will mean they continue to do less with more.

The Merino sheep will be liberated as browsers to get the right mix of modern legumes such as Lucern and clover and native grasses in a regenerative approach. Each animal is a treasured contributor because all profit goes back into the many ecological projects of this 6.5 thousand hectare land holding.

The goal of the station is to move from carbon neutral to carbon negative times ten.

Everyone working at @lakehaweastationliving considers doing so a privilege not because their office is the stunning South Island high country but because they are liberating and legacy making every day.

Thanks for your interest in our work with the Station,

Team LHS

A modern & environmental liberation.

Deer Liberation

Lake Hawea Station is in the same catchment as the Lindis Pass where the first liberation of big game animals in New Zealand took place. As such the history and significance of the deer herd for New Zealand is Legendary. The first liberation took place not not far from LHS in March 1871. The deer were presented to the Otago acclimatisation society by the 11th Earl of Dalhousie of Brechen in Scotland and shipped to port chalmers on the City of Dunedin and the warrior queen. Seven deer were liberated in this area after being shipped to Oamaru in the paddle steamer wallace and transported over the Lindis Pass by bullock wagon. These deer formed the basis of the world renowned Otago South Westland red deer herd. Fortunately in the area this original bloodline has not been tainted by farmed or foreign genetics.

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