A Taranaki Māori Trust Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy.
The Minister of Māori Affairs, the Hon Dr Pita Sharples made the announcement at a special awards evening held in Tauranga tonight attended by more than 850 people including the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy and other leading dignitaries.
The trophy was presented to the Chairman of Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd, Dion Maaka by Sir Jerry Mateparae. Mr Maaka was also presented with a replica of the trophy by Hon Nathan Guy and received the winner's medal from the Chief Executive of the Bank of New Zealand, Anthony Healy. The Trust also receives about $40,000 in prizes donated by sponsors.
Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd was one of three finalists in the competition, which is held each year. The other finalists were Putauaki Trust – Himiona Farm and Ngāti Awa Farms – Ngakauroa Farm, both of whom are located near the Bay of Plenty town Whakatane.
After a comprehensive interview process the judges for the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Dairy Farmer of the Year award have announced the competition finalists for 2014.
The finalists are: Joshua MacDonald, 50/50 sharemilker, Waikato; Wiremu Reid, Lower Order Sharemilker, Winton; and James Matheson, Herd Manager, Gore.
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