Having visited New Zealand a few times before, Rod and Patrizia decided to make New Zealand their permanent home in 2011. Rod who is English has some farming experience from the UK, whereas Patrizia, from Italy was previously an interior designer, so for her moving to a farm was a steep learning curve.
Rewa Rewa Station is a full working hill farm spread over 1000 hectares (650 Ha effective) breeding around 4000 Romney Sheep and 150 Angus cattle.
Patrizia, who is passionate about fibres, has her own flock of 50 coloured sheep consisting of a very small flock of pure Polwarth, a flock of Romney cross Corriedale and a small flock of Gotland.
To make life a bit more interesting Patrizia owns a few Angora goats, which produce mohair fibres and a few Alpacas. These fibres can be purchased separately or blended with the carded wool. She will also have a few batches of hand coloured mohair blended with her natural coloured wool.
All of these animals are specifically bred for their wool and fibres which Patrizia then prepares and sells, or uses herself for spinning and felting. She is keen to learn how to weave her fibres..
She is a member of the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association, Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers Guild Association, Crative Fibre, Rare Breeds Association, Highland Cattle Society and Shire Horse Society.
She aims to produce good quality carded wool to be used for craft purposes, all of the wool has been professionally washed and carded. Provenance and individuality is very important so each fleece is kept separate, identified by the sheep number and kept separate trough out the whole process.
With the exception of the Gotland which produce only shades of grey wool, there are varieties of colour going from pale moorit (very light brown) to dark nearly black.
Occasionally there are some lambs available for sale.
Patrizia also produces sheep skins. Following the process from breeding to final product the natural step was to produce good quality and unique sheep skins and try to minimize wastage. The animals are selected for the quality of their wool, grown up to 15 months and then humanly processed on farm to cause the minimum stress possible to the animal. The meat is been kept for private consumption and the skins are taken to be professionally processed.