8 Apr 2016

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From Country Life, 9:05 pm on 8 April 2016
Broke Dairy Farmer Chris Lethbridge

Broke Dairy Farmer Chris Lethbridge. Photo: RNZ/Susan Murray

Chris Lethbridge is hunting for work because his dairy farm is in receivership and he needs to leave by the end of June. He's worked in the dairy industry for thirty years, but says now his three million dollar farm near Whangarei is only worth two million, and he's been forced out. He thought the farm purchase nine years ago was sensible, but severe droughts and now the milk payout drop, have been too much to manage.

His billboard is on the side of the road at Warkworth and he says a few offers of work have come in, but he now thinks he'll become a tourist bus driver, "because it's dealing with happy people".