Our family history
Our whanau (family) connection with the Marlborough region began with the migration, around 1350 AD, with landings at the Wairau Bar. It is said that all the tribes of New Zealand have links back to these first arrivals.
In the early 1800s, our mother’s people came to this area from Kapiti, in the lower North Island, and began living on the land we call home today.
On our father’s side, Francis MacDonald arrived here from Scotland in the mid-1800s. Two generations later, in the early 1930s, Sciascia was the family matriarch, an Italian with a big heart, a big family, and a big vision. By this time the MacDonald family owned the railway line that ran up the South Island, and two shops in Kaikoura.
Enterprise continued, and through hard effort, flourished. Our grandfather’s generation, around 1950, saw a move into mixed farming. Orchards, dairy, or crops, we’ve always believed in seizing opportunity.