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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. They eventually split this business into two and sold it: “Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm” and Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farm” and settled into the lifestyle in Henderson Valley, creating and developing Kiwi Valley Farm Park. 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. When he left the farm, he ran his own lawn mowing and landscaping business. After this, he became an owner/driver of large earth moving trucks. 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, they sold Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm. Kathy and Larry decided they wanted to retire after putting many years of energy and effort into Kiwi Valley and Ben and Crystal were lucky enough to purchase it 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. They are determined to improve the attractions here on the farm, as well as creating new ones. 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!         

Alley

Operations Manager

Alley grew up between the Hibiscus Coast and the North Shore but her love for the country came about at a young age. When Alley was in her early teens she had an opportunity to move to a farm in Mangawhai which she took without hesitation and developed her farming skills which include milking cows, weaning calves, shearing sheep and breaking in young horses. Since then she has worked on farms all over the North Island, from Northland and the Waikato, to Taranaki and Palmerston North. Alley is an enthusiastic rugby player- representing North Harbour for rugby union in 2009 & 2012, and Northland for rugby 7’s also in 2012. You will usually find Alley at the front desk dealing with admissions and taking your bookings although she is definitely one to count on when needed down at the stables or to help out with birthday parties and other various farm duties. When Alley’s not on the farm she will be down at Muriwai Beach riding her horses!

Kat

Farm Manager

Kat was raised in the Far North. She grew up around pigs, chickens and other various farm animals but never had a real opportunity to work with them. For the last 6 years she managed an area of West Wave Pool and Leisure where she found her passion for customer service (while raising 3 children, who all now volunteer at the farm). Kat was fortunate enough to serve as a member of Auckland women’s rugby league and obtained player of the year in 2010. Kat is definitely not one to back out of a challenge and that is why she thrives from running the farm as it is such a diverse role and no one day is the same. Out on the farm you will see Kat running birthday parties and taking you for a ride on the tractor, as well as assisting with your needs while at our activities.

 

Staci

Stable Manager

Staci started riding at the age of 8yrs old. That’s where her love of horses and farm life began. She competed in Dressage, Show Jumping and cross country. After school she studied full time at B.S.E.T academy in Kwa-zulu Natal, South Africa where she qualified in Equine Muscle therapy and Equine Transeva Technique (ETT). After studying Staci worked in a very successful Polo yard for 6 months training young polo ponies, keeping the experienced ones at their A game and exercising the show jumpers and eventers. Moving back to her home city of Port Elizabeth she started my own Equine Muscle Therapy business (Rhythmic Equine Muscle Therapy) dedicating herself to improving the lives and overall health of our Equine Athletes. After 2 years of running my business her partner and herself decided to pack their bags and chase new adventures and new opportunities. That led them to make the big move to New Zealand! Horses are not only Staci’s passion but her lifestyle and daily motivation.

 

Mikayla

Farm & Stables

Mikayla spent most of her life farming in North West Auckland with all sorts of animals. She has been around horses since she could talk and been competing her own since she could walk. Mikayla is the first one to help people in need so she’s always a go to on the farm if you have an accident! She is studying a bachelor of Paramedicine and one day hopes to be in work along the lines of a Paramedic. You will find Mikayla all around the farm from the horses to the tractor rides so if you make good friends with her she might give you a few extra rides on Spud the tractor up to see views of Auckland City and Rangitoto Island!

Liz

Farm

Liz was raised by her grandparents in West Auckland. Just like any other young girl, she always dreamed of living the country life and having her own horse. Liz studied Classical Singing at University and then went on to study Teaching which led her to be a Music Teacher. Realizing that she missed her animals and being outdoors, Liz decided she would start teaching singing from the comfort of her home and work part time here on the farm. That way she could have the best of both worlds! Liz and her son are now living the country dream of having animals all around them. You will find Liz taking tractor rides up the hill, as well as guiding birthday parties and groups to see all our exciting activities on the farm.