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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 and has just celebrated owning her business for 10 years. 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 five year old son named Blue, a two year old daughter named Snow, a dog called Scout, a clydesdale horse called Horatio, a Kaimanawa yearling called Comet and a miniature horse called Gypsy. 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 recently had a baby girl Mackenzie Laura-Lee and so Tash is currently taking some time off from horse trekking.

Mel

Mel is the Operations Manager and is probably the one who will answer your calls and emails, when she is not bossing the farm boys and warriors around! 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 and guiding clay bird shooting

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.

Kirsty, Hangabout, Belle and Buck

Kirsty, Hangabout, Belle and Buck

Kirsty

Kirsty joined the team in March 2017 as a horse trekking guide. Originally from Cambridge Kirsty has been riding for a long time. She moved to Taumarunui with her partner James and travels into work each day. On one of these trips  Kirsty adopted her kid - pet goat Stewit.

Not really Mark

Not really Mark

Mark

Mark is Dan and Sandy's nephew and spent some of his childhood living here, he even attended Kaitieke school. Mark returned here from Dunedin and currently borrows Quinn, Richard's huntaway and has a heading dog Lexie for mustering. Mark is enjoying learning to fence and become more involved in the tourism side of the business.

Dante cooking on the open fire

Dante cooking on the open fire

Dante and Andrea

Dante is our Chef and his wife Andrea our housekeeping supervisor. Dante loves to cook on the open fire and has been experimenting with the best techniques to use in our climate since he arrived here. Dante and Andrea came to New Zealand with their four year old daughter Nina from Argentina. They decided that they wanted a better life for their daughter and found themselves at Blue Duck. 

 

They have already added to their family by adopting their dog Coco and also the retired working dog Bub. 

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.