"Kua tae ki te wā e huri ai o tātou whakaaro ki te Ipu Ahuwhenua, he taonga tuku iho nō o tātou tipuna ki a tātou. Nō reira koutou ngā kanohi ora o ratou mā, tēnā tātou katoa."

"As we think about the Ahuwhenua Trophy, we salute our forebears who established this kaupapa, and those who carry it on today. Therefore to all of us the living I greet you."

     Hon Pita Sharples, former Minister of Māori Affairs

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 2015 competition is for Māori sheep and beef farmers.

Ahuwhenua Trophy 2015 Key Dates

Entries Close: Friday 30 January

Announcement of Finalists at Parliament: Thursday 26 March

Field Day Mangaroa Station: Wednesday 22 April

Field Day Paua Station: Thursday 30 April

Field Day Maranga Station: Thursday 7 May

Awards Dinner: Friday 29 May

Talking about us

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 7 May 2015 talking to Maranga Station owner (Please forward to 5'25")

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 30 April 2015 talking to Parengarenga Incorporation Paua Station general manager (Please forward to 5'06")

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 22 April 2015 talking about Mangaroa Station (Please forward to 5'44")

Listen here to the Chair of the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition management committee, Kingi Smiler talking on Waatea News.

Watch the 2014 Awards coverage on Te Kāea

A thousand owners share dairy delight from Radio New Zealand News

Listen here to Te Manu Korihi News for 16 June 2014 (Please forward to 2'40")

Te Rua o Te Moko tops in Maori farming from stuff.co.nz

Listen here to the MPI's Peter Ettema, one of our judges talking about the Ahuwhenua Trophy 2014 Competition.

Listen here to the Chair of the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition management committee, Kingi Smiler talking on Radio NZ's Midday Rural News for 20 February 2014 (Please forward to 3'26")

Listen to Kingi Smiler talking with Kim Hill on Radio NZ's Radio National:

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Ahuwhenua publication selling fast

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.

2015 Young Maori Farmer finalists announced

The 2015 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer finalists have been announced. They are: Hannah Wallace, 22, Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay; Hemoata Kopa, 19, Porangahau, Hawke’s Bay; and Taane Hubbard, 19, Gladstone, Wairarapa. As well as the first female finalists’ since the competition started, this year’s contest revealed a passionate pool of talent with strong commitment to the sheep and beef sector.


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Finalist Field Days

Mangaroa Station

Wednesday 22 April 2015 Read/download flyer

2015 Finalist

In 2001 Bart and Nuku Hadfield pooled their resources along with Nuku's siblings Eugene, Ronald and Marama and their partners to lease Mangaroa Station in the Ruakituri Valley Northern Hawke's Bay and Ruakaka Station in Tiniroto Gisborne, though in different districts the properties boundary each other.

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Paua Station

Thursday 30 April 2015 Read/download flyer

2015 Finalist

Paua Station is located about 80 km north of Kaitaia and 40 km south of the top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. The Parengarenga rohe spans across the top of New Zealand from the Pacific Ocean in the East to the Tasman Sea in the West.

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Maranga Station

Thursday 7 May 2015 Read/download flyer

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Maranga Station is a typical East Coast hill country sheep and beef property and lies about 30 kilometres south west of Gisborne. For the owners of Maranga Station it is the culmination of a challenging journey, hard work and sacrifice to create an economic property.


Finalists for Ahuwhenua Trophy Announced

The three finalists for the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef were announced tonight at a function in parliament by the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy. Two of the farms are in the East Coast region of the North Island and the other from the Far North. Read more...

Ahuwhenua Trophy Finalists Announced

Press Release by New Zealand Government at 8:32AM, 27 Mar 2015

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated the three finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy competition, celebrating excellence in Māori farming.


Ahuwhenua Trophy Judges announced

The judges for the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef have been announced.

There are two judging panels – one which decides the three finalists for the competition and a separate panel which selects the overall winner from the three finalists.

The first round judges are headed by Rob Gemmell from the Bank of New Zealand. The other members of the panel are Jenny McGimpsey from Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Peter Ettema from the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ian Peters from Te Puni Kōkiri, and Peter MacGregor and Abe Seymour from Primary ITO. Read more...

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer competition developing future sheep and beef leaders

2015 Entry

Entries to the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year Award 2015 are now open following the announcement made by Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition Trustee and Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri, Michelle Hippolite at the Federation of Māori Authorities annual conference in Whanganui on Saturday. The Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is about celebrating leadership qualities and inspiring young Māori into careers linked to growing the Māori asset base.