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Meet the team

Dan 'the man'

Dan 'the man'

Dan Steele

Owner and Manager of Blue Duck Station, Dan has always been a keen bushman and hunter. Brought up on a farm near Taupo, to first generation farmer and mother with a passion for New Zealand flora and fauna, he went on to attend an agriculture course at Massey University. With an enthusiasm for exploring new places Dan decided to go on an OE but his passion for NZ bush remained. He returned to set up Blue Duck, his ethos; to farm sustainably and to enhance the land that makes up Blue Duck. Dan lives on the station with wife Sandy, son Blue and daughter Snow. Dan spent a lot of 2015 travelling as part of his Nuffield Scholorship but is now back at the station after finishing writing his report.

Sandy, Snow and Blue

Sandy, Snow and Blue

Sandy

Originally from the Coromandel, Sandy is the owner of Snowy Waters Lodge in Raetihi. A passionate conservationist Sandy is excited about her most recent role as Eco-Officer for Raetihi Primary School. A keen horsewoman Sandy loves guiding the odd horse trek on the station.

 

Sandy is wife to Dan and together they have a son named Blue, a daughter named Snow, and twin boys called Forrest and River. Sandy also has several horses including a clydesdale called Horatio and a Kaimanawa called Comet. Sandy and Dan are the founders and trustees of the Whanganui National Park Conservation and Historic Preservation Trust.

Jaden and Tash

Stock manager and keen hunter Jaden has been working here since 2012. Originally the stock manager for Retaruke station Jaden now oversees all the stock with Blue Duck leasing Retaruke as well as guiding the odd hunt. Jaden lives here with his fiancée Tash and her 2 boys Bryce and Kyle. Tash moved here in 2014 and became our main horse trekking guide. Growing up in Taihape she has been riding all her life and loves guiding treks through the bush. Bryce and Kyle attend Kaitieke school. Tash and Jaden have a daughter Mackenzie Laura-Lee.

Mel

Mel is the Operations Manager and is probably the one who will answer your calls and emails and help your to plan your stay. Originally from England, she was brought up riding horses in the idyllic Cheshire countryside. Mel also loves getting out of the office, showing guests around on tours.

Asher and Sulton

Asher and Sulton

Asher

Asher originally from Tauranga joined the team in March 2017 moving back to the North Island after spending a 3.5 years shearing and sheperding on the South Island. A keen pig hunter Asher is joined by his pig dogs Spike, Tig and Junior and his working dogs Spy, Claude, Bounce, Bolt and Boss. Asher spends his time at Blue Duck both sheperding and guiding.

Mia

Mia joined the team in September 2017 as a horse trekking guide. Originally from the UK, Mia has been in NZ for 5 years and has spent time living in Taihape and Raglan before joining the Blue Duck Team. Mia is also a keen gardener so when not horse trekking you can find her working on the station vege gardens

Michael

Michael grew up on his parents sheep and beef farm in Waipukurau. Michael is a keen hunter and along with his deer dog Marley are often out and about exploring the station when not showing guests around on bush safaris, guided hunts and clay bird shooting.  

Shelley

Shelley joined the team in January 2018 as our cafe cook. 

Eco-warriors

Eco-warriors

Eco-warriors

Our ever changing group of awesome international volunteers who keep everything ticking over from cleaning lodges, to gardening, stock work and, of course, maintaining our traplines. Contact us if you have some time and are interested in joining the team.