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The Nelson Photo News



Maitai Run Changes Hands


The picture was taken from the hills above the homestead and looking down on j the homestead paddocks.


The last full muster of sheep on the property


A Christchurch-based firm recently completed the biggest land transaction ever made in the Nelson province with the purchase of the 120-year-old Maitai Run. Not only is the station one of the oldest in New Zealand, but it is believed to be one of the oldest farmed by one family. The whole of the 6600-acre station was bought from the present owner, Miss R. Z. R. Richardson, for a price in the vicinity of $200,000. It is believed that a section of the station will initially be farmed, and that the remainder will be afforested.

The station was originally bought by Miss Richardson's grandfather, Dr Richardson, from the New Zealand Company, in the 1840s. In recent years the property has been farmed by Miss Richardson's two adopted sons, Messrs Denis and Richard Richardson. The sale becomes effective on June 30.


A view from behind the shearing sheds and yards as the sheep are brought up for yarding.