In 2004, Rauriki Charolais purchased their first females from Pouriwai Stud in Gisborne. They picked twelve 'R2 Heifers' that were in calf to Pouriwai S335 and newly imported French bull, Laurel. Since this first purchase of heifers from Pouriwai, cows and heifers have been purchased from six other Charolais studs throughout the country, paying particular regard to obtaining cattle that have a ''red factor" background or are in calf to "red factor" bulls.
In 2005, we purchased a further thirty two cows and twelve yearling bulls from Simca Hills Charolais Stud, in Northland. Simca Hills as been breeding Charolais for over thirty years and have a good reputation for breeding good Charolais cattle, especially with regard to structural soundness, growth rate and milking ability in females.
In recent times, our objective of having a sole ''red factor'' cattle herd has been changed to incorporate the more tradtional "white'' or ''cream'' colour. Rauriki's primary objective is to breed moderate, sound and functional bulls with exceptional temperament.