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Lifestyle Collection - Puketapu Peace and Quiet enchants Diane and Wayne

February 2020

Hawke’s Bay couple Diane and Wayne Hurring moved out of Taradale 16 kilometres west to a
35 hectare block at Puketapu in 1996.

Peter Dick of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Hastings sold them the property, which at that stage was a bare block. In 2019, 25 years later, they decided it was time for another move, calling Peter back in to complete the circle and oversee the sale of the property once more.
Diane says that although she and Wayne had always lived in town previously, both had a love of nature and the peace and quiet, so thought they would enjoy rural life. “Unknown to me, Wayne also had a desire to own some land. 

“My sister lived in Tutira, further north. We used to love to go up to her place. She joked that we would have a coffee then disappear out into the paddock. We would just sit enjoying the surroundings, and the quiet.
“When we found this place it really appealed to us. It is a decent sized piece of land, on hill country, with good views. It had everything we were looking for. Deciding to buy it was easy,” says Diane.
In the best spot to make the most of views of the farm and the Hawke’s Bay countryside, they built a home with four generous bedrooms, an ensuite, a family bathroom and an office.
Outdoors they planted plenty of trees, adding to the several areas of bush already on the farm, and enhancing the property’s birdlife. “We planted a mix of natives and exotics. We have a big stand of gums, which brings the
birds in after food. We also planted Himalayan Strawberry trees, which the bellbirds and tui absolutely love,” says Diane.
Previously part of a larger farm, the Hurrings’ property initially had four large paddocks. They subdivided, making the paddocks smaller and more manageable. Two dams had previously been built on the property, which they fenced off and planted around.
“Although we didn’t have any experience of running stock, we loved it. We had some teething problems, though were able to learn on the job, and we did alright. When we first moved the land was leased already, so we continued doing that for awhile, then brought in some bulls, then some Hereford heifers, then raised our own. We stuck with cattle all the time, and at its largest point our herd grew to about 50 head of mixed ages,” says Diane.

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Previously part of a larger farm, the Hurrings’ property initially had four large paddocks. They subdivided, making the paddocks smaller and more manageable. Two dams had previously been built on the property, which they fenced off and planted around.
“Although we didn’t have any experience of running stock, we loved it. We had some teething problems, though were able to learn on the job, and we did alright. When we first moved the land was leased already, so we continued doing that for awhile, then brought in some bulls, then some Hereford heifers, then raised our own. We stuck with cattle all the time, and at its largest point our herd grew to about 50 head of mixed ages,” says Diane.

Peter Dick says it was a pleasure to sell the property, particularly after he previously introduced Diane and Wayne to it a quarter of a century earlier.
“As a sizeable lifestyle property in such a favoured location, there was no shortage of interest. A meticulously maintained home with wonderful panoramic views, complemented by the planting the Hurrings have done, which attracts plenty of birds, and the productive pasture on which their strong stock husbandry has been built is a credit to their industry and care. Looking a picture, this property sold well,” he said.

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