Great Day Out at Alan Gibbs Farm

On Sunday February 28th 2010, supporters of Muriel Newman's New Zealand Centre for Political Research and Owen McShane's Centre for Resource Management Studies were invited to a special get-together at Alan Gibbs’ Farm.

The NZCPR is a public policy think tank that promotes the benefits of freedom, liberty and limited government through research, publications and open public debate at and the CRMS is a public policy think tank focusing on Resource Management and related issues at

The Farm is a 1,000 acre Sculpture Park on SH16 about 13 kms north of Kaukapakapa bordering the Kaipara Harbour. It features priceless works by national and internationally renowned artists. The site-specific art works interact strongly with the lanscape and the ever-changing light, creating a lasting impression on all visitors to The Farm.

In addition, the exotic animals of the farm, including giraffes, zebras, water buffalo, and yaks, create living sculptures...and Alan’s Aquada car … well, that’s a technological sculpture in a class of its own!

It was a wonderful day - wandering the park, viewing the sculptures, enjoying the animals, and delighting in the sheer beauty of the surroundings....

    The Lanvin Champagne luncheon - with its picnic-style menu was an entertaining affair:

    • Alan Gibbs, Don Brash and Roger Douglas explained what they would do if they were New Zealand’s dictator for a year!

    • A celebrity auction was held, featuring an exclusive selection of highly desirable items!

    • Alan shared his vision for the Farm and described the journey to date!

    In addition, throughout the day, opportunities were provided to meet with Muriel, Owen, and the guest speakers. There were also guided tours of the sculptures by Jeep, rides in the Aquada, as well as helicopter flights over the Farm.