Ross is a sleepy township south of Hokitika that was settled in 1865 as a goldmining town. Biddy Manera was born here and has become an outspoken custodian for the community. She looks after the Catholic Church, she’s won the battle to save the Ross Cemetery after the Westland District Council mistakenly sold part of it, and she’s the driving force behind a project to develop a commemorative garden dedicated to the Chinese goldminers who came to Ross from Guangdong Province in the 1870s.
Further north near Reefton, Thomas and Hannah Oats are contract milking 350 cows for Thomas’s parents. Much of their enjoyment of dairying comes from the stock, which is reflected in their management practices. The young couple, aged 22 and 21 years have recently been crowned the 2015 West Coast/Top of the South Farm Managers of the Year.
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