Shepherd General – Ngahere Station Ltd

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  • Feb 07, 2024
Full time Drystock

Job Description

+        Located in Omakere, Central Hawke’s Bay.

+        The role will be an 80:20 mix of stock to general work.

+        For further information please visit



Ngahere Station is based in the Omakere District, a farming settlement in Central Hawke’s Bay, only 5 minutes from the beautiful beach settlement of Pourerere and 25 minutes east of Waipawa. It is part of a larger family-owned farming business, with the 3 other properties (Cheviot/St Lawrence Station, Abbotsford, and Highgrove) all running a mix of breeding and finishing policies.

Ngahere Station, is 1525ha total (1445ha effective) with a mix of medium to steeper hill country that runs from sea level to 1500ft. This is an extensive breeding property running Romney ewes and Angus Hereford x cattle, with all replacement stock kept and the surplus stock sent to the other properties for finishing.




Working alongside the Manager of Ngahere Station, the Shepherd General will need at least 2-3 years’ farming experience and a team of 4-6 capable working dogs. Some hill country mustering experience is required with the paddocks ranging from 4ha right up to 40ha, and 80ha on some of the steeper country.

The role will be an 80:20 mix of stock to general work, with a small amount of handpiece work, as they get contractors in for the bigger jobs. Fences on the property are in pretty good condition, with some R&M required to be done by the Shepherd General. There will also be some tractor work and general maintenance through the winter. This is an opportunity to work both autonomously and within a smaller team environment, allowing you to take some responsibility for your work.


Our client is looking for a Shepherd General with strong attention to detail and a high level of motivation. The below are also key to success in this role:

+        Ability to muster safely on steeper hill country.

+        Accurately record tallies and administer animal health treatments.

+        Strong communication skills - ability to communicate clearly with the on-farm team.

+        Flexibility to assist across all properties in busy times.

+        Current NZ Drivers licence (Restricted/Full).


+        Given the contour of this property, there is a good variety of mustering opportunities on offer.

+        Comfortable 1940’s 3-bedroom home that has been renovated.

+        Be part of a larger family-owned farming business where you’ll get to work with the wider team on their 3 other properties.

+        Salary commensurate to experience plus accommodation.

+        The Omakere community boasts a strong rural community with local dog trails and other social functions. Pourerere Beach is just a 5-minute drive away for swimming and fishing.

Applications close Sunday 3rd March 2024

Only job seekers who have NZ working rights will be eligible for this role.