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.



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Listen here to Ahuwhenua Young Maori Famer of the year Jack Rahahruhi - RNZ Country Life 27 May 2016

Listen here to Young Maori Farmer of Year Finalist Ash-Leigh Campbell - RNZ Country Life 27 May 2016

Listen here to Ahuwhenua Finalist Harepaora Ngaheu - RNZ Country Life 27 May 2016

Read Maori take a longer view Farmers Weekly - 29 May 2016

Read Rakaia farm takes Ahuwhenua trophy - Farmers Weekly - 23 May 2016

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 23 May 2016 talking about the 2016 winners

Read Young Māori dairy farmer Jack Raharuhi changes direction and wins award - stuff.co.nz 23 May 2016

2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell - 21 May 2016

Read Shareholders' sacrifices built Rakaia's mana - stuff.co.nz 23 March 2016

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 18 February 2016: finalists announcement mentioned at start, then piece follows with interviews with Ron and Tuhi Watkinson (Please forward to 2'26")


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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.

Ahuwhenua Trophy winner makes history

For the first time in the 83 year history of the competition, a South Island dairy farm has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award dairy.

The winner is the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation whose farm Tahu a Tao has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216 ha property near Ashburton runs around 830 Kiwi cross cows.

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Young Māori dairy farmer Jack Raharuhi changes direction and wins award

A young farmer who confesses he "got into the wrong crowd as a teenager and chose the wrong path" has been crowned the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori dairy farmer of the year.

Jack Raharuhi, hailing from the Ngati Kahu, said winning a prestigious award such as the Ahuwhenua was a huge honour.

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