In 1857, 20-year-old Irishman Patrick Cummings left his family home near Tipperary to find a better life.
The extreme hardship and famine in Ireland drove him to New Zealand and this is what many of our founding family farm stories sound like.
Today, his descendants continue to farm in Lawrence and are being awarded a Sesquicentennial Award at the NZ Century Farms ceremony tonight.
The awards are set-up to honour farms that have been in families for over 100 years, with some even breaking the 150-year mark.
Over 400 farms have been awarded this honour for their resilience and commitment to the farming industry.
Watch the full interview with Peter Cummings above.