St Peter's College
4th Generation – Kippy and Timmy
Kippy & Timmy
Today the farm is farmed by Chris and Tim. They are two of the 12 children belonging to Christie and Remai Hehir.
Timothy on his motorbike with his youngest son, Benjaman
Chris started farming after finishing sixth form at Marist High school in Palmerston North in 1968 . In 1969 there was a severe drought that had all the cows dried off by January, in order to pay for the grazing (obtained in Hawke's Bay) Christie and Jimmy both got jobs at the Longburn Freezing Works .
Chris (Kippy) getting out of the new John Deere tractor
As Chris was now home on the farm Christie stayed in this job until the works closed down in 1985. Chris farmed with Jimmy until 1975 when Tim finished seventh form at the new St Peter's College (having started at the old Marist High School) and Jimmy retired.
Both Tim and Chris's children participating in the local agricultural day
Tim built a new 18 -aside herringbone cowshed near where Mickey Hehir's original shed stood. In 2001 another 100 acres was purchased from Graham Pedley on the opposite side of Taikorea Road. An underpass was installed to facilitate the passage of the cows from one side of the road to the other and this extra land enabled each farm to lift it's milking capacity to 180 + cows.
Kippy driving the Tractor with the bucket.
The Hehir family has been heavily involved in the Catholic Church at Rongotea since it was first built 105 years ago and there are currently three generations involved in the liturgy finance and maintenance of the Church.