On his return home in 1919 Rewi found it hard to settle down. In partnership with his friend Jack Stevens he was able to buy and stock a remote rehabitation farm in inland Taranaki. The next six years were fraught with hardship and hard work which as Philippa observed had a “big effect on Rewi”. It “cleared away a lot of was dreams and showed he had the capacity to endure hardship and the energy for sustained hard work.”