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Successful balancing act wins Kerikeri couple a Ballance award

Posted on May 08, 2017

Alan and Helen Thompson
Alan and Helen Thompson

Kerikeri's Alan and Helen Thompson are the 2017 Northland Ballance Farm Environment Awards supreme winners.

The awards were held at a gala dinner at the Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands in March.

The Thompsons also took home the CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award and the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award. 

Alan and Helen lead a family-run business in Kerikeri, LD Family Investments Ltd, which includes kiwifruit growing and orchard management, lemon growing, melon cropping, grape growing and wine making, beer brewing, produce exporting and post-harvest packing and storage.

They also run small concerts and entertainment events from within their Kerikeri home orchard. On 3 May LD Family Investments Ltd hosted a Field Day to celebrate their award and to share their knowledge and expertise with likeminded farmers, growers and horticulturists. 

To read more about Alan and Helen Thompson and the other regional winners in the 2017 Ballance Farm Environment Awards, visit the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust website.