It was another wonderful field day with about 200 people attending the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation’s farm Tahu a Tao near Ashburton. Each of the three finalists for the 2016 dairy competition have to stage a field day as part of the judging process. The whānau who own this farm have a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216 ha property near Ashburton runs around 830 Kiwi cross cows.
The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell says he was taken aback by the great turnout to a field day at the Tewi Trust farm in the South Waikato – one of three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy About 300 people attended the day which featured presentations by the owners of the farm as well as a farm walk on the property where visitors were able to see some of the unique features of this dairy farm.
Upwards of 300 people turned out for the first of the field days being staged by the three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The field day was held at Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited's farms Te Ahu Pātiki and Maungatere which are located near the Canterbury township of Oxford.
The three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy were announced today at a function in parliament by the Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.
For the first time in the recent history of the competition two of the farms are in the South Island – the other is in the South Waikato area.
The three finalists are:
Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited
The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation
Ngāi Tahu's dairy farming operation currently consists of seven dairy units – of which Te Ahu Patiki and Maungatere are located side by side near the Canterbury township of Oxford. The area is known as Te Whenua Hou and was originally a New Zealand Forest Service radiata pine plantation commonly known as Eyrewell Forest.
Tewi Trust is situated near the small South Waikato settlement of Okoroire near Tirau. The area is famous for its hot springs and its beautiful hotel.
The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation's Tahu a Tao farm has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216ha property near Ashburton is located 8 km from the Rakaia river mouth and runs around 820 Kiwi cross cows that produced 371,294 kgs/MS last season. In the early days this area proved to be quite a challenge for travellers going through the region, particularly crossing rivers.
Dean Nikora is the Finalist Chief Judge. Having a person with the knowledge and skills of Dean Nikora adds great value to the judging panel. Dean, who is affiliated to Ngāti Maniapoto me Ngāti Tama, has extensive experience in governance, representation and consultancy within the primary sector. He has worked with Fonterra Shareholders Council, AsureQuality and Ballance Agri-Nutrients on a wide range of issues.