Waipaoa Station is currently leased by Te Hau Farms Ltd, a 5500 hectare 50,000 stock unit Gisborne sheep & beef farming enterprise owned by the Antipodean Lands Company.  Integration with these other nearby properties increases scope and learning opportunities for the cadets with a lamb and beef finishing enterprise, cropping, irrigation, and more. Waipaoa Station is unique in that it is surrounded by forestry with no farming neighbours over the fence. 


  • 2020ha total, 1760 effective

  • Pumice & sedimentary soils

  • Medium to steep hill country

  • 1300mm annual rainfall

  • 300-600 metres above sea level

  • 9000 breeding ewes

  • 3000 lambing hoggets 

  • 750 breeding cows

  • 120 replacement heifers

Josh Kelleher​ - Te Hau Farms General Manager

James Maher - Waipaoa Stock Manager

Steve Kelleher - Senior Stockman 

Mark Ewart - Maintenance Coordinator

Station Staff


 Cristalle Sligo - Training Manager


06 862 1416 / 021 308 176

Tina Takarua - Primary Cadet Carer & Cook

Peter Sligo - Property Coordinator &

Cadet Supervision

Training Trust Staff




Ken Shaw (Chairman) - Gisborne Farmer, Elmore Station.

Charles Rau - Accountant, BDO Gisborne

Pat Sherriff - Mahia Farmer, Tunanui Station

Josh Kelleher - Te Hau Farms GM

John Osborne - Agri-Manager, Ravensdown

Rob Telfer - Waipaoa Station owner

Board Members


Peter Nolan - Financial Controller        Accountant, Lewis-Wright Gisborne