The Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in New Zealand's important pastoral sector. This competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef. The upcoming 2017 competition is for Māori sheep and beef farmers.

Ahuwhenua Trophy 2017 Key Dates

Entries Close: Fri 27 Jan 2017

Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists: Wed 22 March 2017

Field Day 1: Thur 20 April 2017 - Omapere Rangihamama Trust (Kaikohe, Far North).

Field Day 2: Thur 27 April 2017 - RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station (Eketahuna, Northern Wairarapa).

Field Day 3: Thur 4 May 2017 - Pukepoto Farm Trust (Ongarue, near Taumarunui).

Awards Dinner and announcement of the winner – ASB Leisure Centre, Western Hills Dr, Whangarei: Fri 26 May 2017


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Copies of Ahuwhenua - Celebrating 80 Years of Māori Farming have almost sold out, but we do have a few more left if you haven't purchased your copy yet. Books are $40 each and you can order one today by emailing ahuwhenuacompetition@tetumupaeroa.co.nz. Find out more about the book here.

Far North Farms Wins Ahuwhenua Trophy

Omapere Rangihamama Trust farm near Kaikohe in the Far North has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for the top sheep and beef farm in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The announcement was made by the Right Honourable Bill English at an awards evening attended by more than 700 people in Whangarei last night. The function is regarded as the premier event on the national calendar for NZ agribusiness. It was attended by Māori leaders, politicians, agribusiness professionals, whānau of the finalists, past winners and media.

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Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Winner

The winner of the 2017 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is Jordan Biddle, 21, Ngāti Pahauwera, who is a shepherd on Pihanui Station, south of Wairoa, owned by Ngāti Pahauwera.

The announcement was made by Jamie Tuuta, Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards dinner in Whangarei last night. More than 700 guests including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Māori Development, other parliamentarians and representatives of the Māori King were in attendance.

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