Palliser Ridge in New Zealand’s North Island is part of the Wools of New Zealand Ltd integrity programme and the very first of our farms to be accredited under the Responsible Wool Standard for Marks and Spencer. Kurt Portas runs the property with his wife Lisa and as a young Kiwi family with two boys, Axel and Beauden, they’re committed to working with nature and their 10,000 sheep. 

“Palliser Ridge is totally committed to best practice. We are receptive to adopting any new initiative that is market driven to lift standards of animal welfare, farm management and the environment. RWS simply recognises the efforts that we put into our land and by farming our animals in the most ethical way.” - Kurt Portas



Palliser Ridge is a 1,150ha effective Sheep & Beef farm situated just South of Martinborough, in South Wairarapa and consists of 6 different blocks of land.


How Palliser goes about its business, include: 

  • Having an empowered and motivated team who communicate well and work together in a safe and enjoyable environment.
  • Enhancing the environment by achieving and maintaining optimum soil health (soil fertility and structure), eradicating weeds & pests, providing shelter and conserving both native bush and archaeological sites.
  • Making animal health a key priority by ensuring stock is fed at all times with sufficient water/shade and shelter.
  • Going the extra mile to help maintain a positive relationship with the local community. 


"Whatungarongaro Te tangata toitu Te whenua" (People will come and go but the land remains), Our environment vision is to leave this land we farm a more enriched biological and healthier place. We’re focused on 3 main areas: Water, Soil and Air.

The Potas Family

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