A pioneering farm in Tutira, Hawke's Bay, that has stayed in one family for generations, has reached its centenary.

The Chrystal family is celebrating 100 years of farming in the Tutira region. A 23-year-old Gerald Chrystal moved to the land, now along State Highway 2 a few kilometres north of the local Tutira School, back in October 1919.

"My father was a Christchurch man born and raised, he fought in the first world war at just 17 and five years later made the move north and settled here in Tutira," Chrystal's son Barney Chrystal said.

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