On the next episode, screening 28 May 2017 at 7pm on TVNZ 1:


Catch and Cook

On an isolated Wairarapa coast, an historic station survives in trying conditions through diversity and true grit.

The Boyne family have lived on their spectacular property following a ballot farm division in 1952, and while the senior generation is hanging up his boots, Bob's son Alister Boyne and Bob’s grandchildren are taking the helm as they go in to the next century on the farm.

Alister, known to all round these parts as “Tora”, wife Jenny and their four teenage children love this farming life and while the 450 hectare hill country block struggles to support the family on its own, they’ve diversified their business all the way from the depths of the ocean at their doorstep to the bush covered hills surrounding them.

Farming primarily sheep and beef on the steep hills, they also have manuka honey hives out the back, while the ocean provides valuable diversity in seaweed, paua and butterfish quota.

But Jenny's passion is cooking and hosting guests in their historic cookhouse and homestay. She has recently converted their former home in to a cooking school and accommodation, and regularly hosts groups to learn new cooking techniques and have a weekend away in this one of a kind location.

“The idea is you come here to relax and talk to each other” says Jenny, and with no cell phones, Wi-Fi or TV, that seems a certainty.

Tora couldn't imagine life anywhere else but here and while he's not a man of the sea himself, his house is perfectly positioned right on the surf break. 

It’s important for him to see the ocean everyday while at home and working on the farm.  “This is Tora's ultimate dream being so close to the sea without actually going in it...we're pretty spoilt here and we think it’s just the best place”, says Jenny Boyne.

With spectacular views from the hill country to the ocean below, this rugged yet beautiful property has a special place in their hearts and in the hearts of the many visitors they host every year.

A love for the area is shared by the whole family, Jenny sums it up best, “There’s no place we'd rather live... you can't beat this place, it’s just paradise”


For more about Tora Station including Woolshed events, the Cooking House and accommodation, visit: www.torastation.co.nz  or email:toraboyne@xtra.co.nz


For more about Seaweed collection, visit:www.nzmanukagroup.com    





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