'Honour for all of Māoridom' - Gisborne's Whangarā Farms first beef farm in NZ to be added to McDonald's flagship farmers scheme

Situated north of Gisborne, Whangarā Farms has become the first beef farm in New Zealand to be added to the McDonald's flagship farmers scheme.

The Ngati Konohi iwi-run farm is now considered a global industry leader in sustainable farming.

"To be named as a McDonald's flagship is such an honour for not only us but for all of Māoridom." chairperson of Whangarā Farms Ingrid Collins told Te Karere.

Three incorporations, Whangarā B5, Pakarae A and Tapuwae Whitiwhiti, make up the iwi-run business.

The farm partnered with NZ Beef + Lamb and McDonald's, transforming into a benchmark for farm sustainability.

"Flagship farmers is a programme that McDonald's has introduced around the world to take the best farmers in our supply chain and share their best practice and tell their story.

"It's really awesome to have NZ on the global stage," Simon Kenny from McDonald's says.

New Zealand is one of McDonald's' top ten beef-producing markets, recognised for the quality of its grass-fed beef.

Last year alone, 33 million kilograms of beef was exported from New Zealand

That includes Whangarā Farms breed of 2500 Angus cows for Maccas.

The Ngati Konohi iwi-run farm is now considered a global industry leader in sustainable farming. Source: Te Karere

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