top of page

The Farming Life


  Surveying virgin country with a view to its development for farming, the settler must take       careful note of all the natural features, such as the type of soil, its elevation, swamps, hills,   undulations, flat areas, bush, manuka or scrub portions, and of course the    climate.  Then he is   in a position to decide: (1) What class of farming to follow: (2) how best to handle the land in all   circumstances.

The Manawaru Public School Jubilee 1950 Souvenir Booklet

The initial tasks for a farmer arriving in  Manawaru, after the large estates had been broken up into farms ranging between 200 and 400 acres, was to build a house, dig drainage ditches and cut and burn scrub.

bottom of page