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Dorothy Sharp

(nee French) was born in Barking, London on 15 May 1931. She was the youngest of 4 children with a 10 year gap between herself Doreen who after marrying a New Zealander also now lives in New Zealand. Dorothy was trained as a hairdresser and owned her own Salon in Thames, where she came to live with her parents, when they emigrated to New Zealand in 1950. Dorothy met Cliff Sharp, originally from Yorkshire, at the Thames settlers club who she married. She gave birth to 3 children Audrey, Margaret and Clifford. Dorothy has been an active contributor to the farm workings. She is the farm 'Grandmother' and when her health permited was happy to spend time with those staying on the farm. She is a great example of how to age actively and well and loves the life of the farm surrounded by nature. Dorthy left the farm in July 2015 to be cared for by her son in Auckland and passed away in April 2017.


was born in Thames, New Zealand on the 5th June 1956. She has several degrees including three Masters, in Politics, Tax law and Environmental Law, a diploma of teaching, a degree in Horticulture, training in Permaculture design and English Second Language teaching. She has worked as a teacher for children and adults, in the field of publishing, as a professional photographer, writer and has run several small businesses including cleaning, photography, tax and accountancy. Audrey has travelled to over 40 countries in the world and spent approximately 5 years in Asia, the Pacific, Middle East, Europe, and North and South America. Audrey is passionate about trees and is a practising Wiccan. She has two children, Tamarah and Thomas born since living at Caretaker farm. For 16 years she taught Taxation Law at the University of Auckland but finished this in January 2016. At present she is writing and runs a consultancy tax business. She organises the outdoor tasks for wwoofers on the farm and is actively engaged in the farm development.


was born on the 12th of November 1990 in the local town, Warkworth. She is dog mad and was breeding Australian Terriers for sale when she was young. Tamarah and her German born partner Max have a small son Odin and are currently living at the farm. 


was born on the farm in Dorothy's living room on the 28th of August 1993. He is a computer nut and when he was young spent endless hours playing computer games. Thomas enjoyed having the various foreign wwoofers to talk with and playing games-anything from cards to football. Thomas is currently working and living in South Auckland.


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