The Ross family took over Lake Hāwea Station in 2018 with the mission of demonstrating that environmental improvement and nature restoration can work hand in hand with a profitable farming operation.
Their goal is to plant 10,000 native trees every year for 10 years. The first 10,00 trees have already been planted and the family have built a 7km-long fence to keep the station’s cattle and sheep from polluting the lake. They have identified endangered species and are implementing protection measure for them all.
The family have set a goal of being 10 times carbon negative and establishing renewable energy throughout the farm. The property has five solar units and a new hydro power system is being designed.