Our Ethos

So What is One Health?

One Health is a virtuous, self-reinforcing cycle that helps to improve the reputations of New Zealand producers within this country and beyond. It is about focussing not just on the monetary value of the agri-sector but also the esteem in which products are held. We believe this is communicated through the relationship producers have with the land.

Criffel Station utilizes the One Health framework to effectively set farming standards and mechanisms to review and help support the properties involved. Through One Health we help focus on developing systems for:


This aspect focusses on regenerative farming practices, reducing air pollution and waste management.


Developing a sustainable water catchment management plan, that involves testing and not just adherence to industry standards but excelling in them.


Taking a proactive risk-based animal health and welfare planning approach. This aspect requires properties to adhere to the core concepts which the NZ Animal Welfare Act (1999) is founded on:

  • Proper and sufficient food
  • Proper and sufficient water
  • Adequate shelter
  • Opportunity to display normal patterns of behaviour
  • Physical handling in a manner which minimizes the likelihood of unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress
  • Proactive documented animal health plans that are annually reviewed and risk assessed by a veterinarian to ensure protection from, and rapid diagnosis of, any significant injury or disease, – being a need which, in each case, is appropriate to the species, environment, and the circumstances of the animal.

Or more simply, proactive animal husbandry that results in truly happy animals.


Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace where a team feels supported, encouraged, and rewarded is just part of this aspect of One Health. It is also about the flow-on effect of a rural entity on suppliers, guests, and the broader community that supports or, through employment, is supported by a rural property. One Health properties take care to ensure involvement with the community as valuable and respected contributors to the overall health of their rural property.

Agriculture is not the end in itself: it is part of a value chain that culminates in consumption – but to be successful we need to ensure our landscapes, our people, and the animals are nurtured.

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