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Paying respect to Renata Apatu – sadly missed

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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Renata Apatu died in a helicopter accident this month.  Renata  was a well known New Zealand wool grower, the chairman of the New Zealand Campaign for Wool Trust, and represented New Zealand on a world stage.

He represented NZ wool growers at IWTO Congress in Hong Kong in May and attended a wool forum in Scotland last year where he met Campaign for Wool patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Renata was one of five people travelling in a commercial helicopter when it crashed at Ngamatea Station on the Napier-Taihape Road.


Ngamatea Station is located just outside of Napier in the North island of New Zealand. This farm has been family owned for four generations and was managed by Renata Apatu until tragic accident.

Renata was the co-owner of 28,000ha Ngamatea Station, with his siblings Kathryn Bates and Nathan Apatu. The station is a popular hunting and fishing ground and a respected sheep and beef station.

‘He was a real gentleman and respected everybody; it didn’t matter who you were or where you came from’, said close friend and Wright Wool general manager, Philippa Wright.

In a statement via the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Mr Apatu’s family said “he was a hugely loved husband, father and brother, and much loved by all his wider family and friends.His death is a tragic loss not only to his family but the wider farming community, and to all those who knew and loved him.

Philipp Wright said ‘He had a genuine passion for wool and its industry and a belief in its future. He was a huge leader in the farming community and so respected.’

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