"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, 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. This year the competition is for Māori dairy farmers.



Talking about us

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 the 2013 award winner Bob Cottrell on LiveSport Radio .

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

MPI report shows $8 billion potential in Māori freehold land. Read here

Radio Waatea interview with Tarawera Station's Bob Cottrell. Listen here

Radio Waatea interview with Te Hape B Trust Chair, Hardie Peni. Listen here

Radio Waatea interview with Te Uranga B2 Incorporation Chair, Traci Houpapa. Listen here


Latest photos

Photo from the last Field Day at Ngāti Awa Farms Ltd – Ngakauroa Farm.
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Ahuwhewnua Trophy Awards Dinner 2013

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2014 Field Days

2014 Early field day success

More than 150 people turned out for the first field day of the three finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The field day was held at Putauaki Trust, Himiona Farm near Te Teko in the Bay of Plenty.
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March 19, 2014

Ngāti Awa Farms Ltd – Ngakauroa Farm

672 Western Drain Road, Awakeri

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2014 – Judges

The Ahuwhenua Trophy judges play a vital role in the success of the competition. All are very experienced people who are able to accurately assess each farm and provide valuable feedback to those in governance roles and those who are involved in the day to day management of the farms. Read more...



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Finalists for Ahuwhenua Trophy Annouced

The three finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy were announced tonight by the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples at a special function at Parliament. Two of the three finalists are from the Bay of Plenty, Putauaki Trust – Himiona Farm and Ngati Awa Farms Ltd – Ngakauroa Farm while the third finalist, Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd is from Taranaki.

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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.

Book on History of Māori Farming Launched

A book which traces the proud and challenging history of Māori farming in New Zealand was launched this weekend at the Federation of Māori Authorities annual conference in Hastings.

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