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Meet our team

The creation of Kiwi Valley:

Kiwi Valley was originally created by Kathy and Larry Park many years ago! It began with them owning and operating the mobile farmyard called “Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farmyard” with their three children for 12 years. Kiwi Valley was created to deliver a hands on, real farm life experience to children and parents living in the city. Having a farm situated so conveniently within Auckland City, created opportunity for those who may have ever only seen or owned your typical household animal, being a cat, dog or bird before, a place where they can become interactive and educated on our New Zealand farm animals in a FUN environment!

Kiwi Valley Farm Park

Ben and Crystal Dun:

Farm Directors

Ben spent the majority of his childhood working and growing up with Kathy and Larry’s kids here on the farm. In 2006, we bought Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm and built it up from a one vehicle operation to a four vehicle fleet! During this time, Ben also worked full time within the NZ Film Industry as Unit and Transportation Manager and Crystal was immersing herself in her University studies of a Nursing degree and then onto a Bachelor Health Sciences majoring in Intensive Care Paramedics. Crystal works as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance in West Auckland. She wears many hats though! You will also see her out running the farm, she does a lot of work behind the scenes and all while wrangling 3 children! Farmer Ben is often found out on the farm, driving Spud the tractor. He still works on the Film Sets and in his moments of spare time, you find him learning how to plait the girls hair, playing hide and seek, being the pony for the kids, or singing nursery rhymes!

In 2012, Ben and Crystal were lucky enough to purchase Kiwi Valley and continue its story and purpose. In September 2013, they welcomed their first daughter Harper into this world, our second daughter Denvah, born April 2015 and a third beautiful daughter, Inarra, born November 2016. As a young married couple, they are determined to put bundles of our energy and hard-working ethics into promoting the success of Kiwi Valley Farm Park.  Together they have huge vision for Kiwi Valley Farm Park and want to promote a safe, fun and hands on interactive learning experience, not only for children, but for adults too!         

 

SIAN:

Stables

Born and raised in Henderson Valley, Sian has fond memories of her first horse riding lessons at Kiwi Valley when she was 8 years old. Sian continued riding throughout her childhood and into her teenage years, owning her own horse and attending Pony Club. For much of the last five years Sian has lived in Northern California, managing an Equestrian Program for a children’s Summer Camp. Sian loves to facilitate any kind of connection between people and horses, if you aren’t quite ready for a ride she will happily show you how to pat the horses or tell you some fun facts about the members of our herd. When she’s not at the farm you will find her at the beach, camping, hiking or a combination of all three.

DEANA:

General Farm Hand and Small Breed Handler

Born and raised in West Auckland, Deana has always been surrounded with animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish and birds. When she wasn’t spending time with her animals, she would be found outside fishing or bushwalking with her Dad.

Towards the end of Deana’s school years, she was lucky enough to get work experience at Kiwi Valley through a Gateway Programme that was run at our School and has never left!
Deana supports Kiwi Valley in many different roles here, you will find her in the Nursery Shed, at the Horse Stables or outside immersing herself in farm jobs!
Deana is our Team Leader of our Nursery Shed and with this, she oversee’s our breeding programme of our small breed animals and manages their day to day needs.
SHANE: 
2IC FARMER:
The youngest of six siblings, Shane grew up around the East Coast Bays of Auckland’s North Shore. He grew up with cats and dogs, which is where his love for animals came from. When he was 25, he moved to the Coromandel and spent seven years working on a Kiwi Fruit Orchard. It was here that he developed a passion for horticulture and working in the outdoors. This passion has since been transferred to Kiwi Valley where he can be found running birthday parties, giving tractor rides and taking care of the animals. When not on the farm, he can be found working on his vegetable garden or playing with his niece and nephews!

Job Vacancies

There are currently no job vacancies at Kiwi Valley Farm.

If you think you’ve got what is takes to be a part of the Kiwi Valley team please send your CV and cover letter to info@kiwivalley.co.nz.