The Ahuwhenua Trophy, Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori 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 2019 competition is for Māori sheep & beef farmers.



Ahuwhenua Trophy 2019 Key Dates

Thursday 21 February 2019 - Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists

Thursday 4 April 2019 Field Day 1

Thursday 11 April 2019 Field Day 2

Thursday 18 April 2019 Field Day 3

Friday 24 May 2019 - Awards Dinner and Announcement of Winner – Gisborne Showgrounds and Events Centre


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Talking about us

Country Calendar Episode 9 - Motu Magic about Eugene and Pania Kings, one the 2019 Finalists

Porirua boy now a top farmer Farmers Weekly - 31 May 2018

Horticulture part of Ahuwhenua mix Waatea News - 31 May 2018

Te Puni Kōkiri congratulates 'super stars' of Māori agribusiness Te Puni Kōkiri - 30 May 2018

Listen here to Basil Tapuke talking on Waatea News - 30 May 2018

Rotorua farm wins Ahuwhenua Trophy NZFarmer - 30 May 2018

Rotorua's Onuku Trust wins Ahuwhenua Trophy, Harepaora Ngaheu Young Māori Farmer winner Rotorua Daily Post - 29 May 2018

New Zealand Government - Hon Meka Whaitiri, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister of Forestry Māori farming excellence celebrated - 27 May 2018

New Zealand Government - The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta Rotorua's Onuku Trust wins Ahuwhenua Trophy - 26 May 2015

Cheyenne Wilson, finalist of the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award - 23 May 2018 Rereātea on Māori Television

From about 1.30, watch a story about the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award - 23 April 2018 Rereātea on Māori Television

Rotorua and Hokitika farmers named as finalists for Māori excellence in farming award NZ Farmer - 23 February 2018



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2019 Finalists Announcement

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2018 Award Dinner

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Hill country farm field day a hit

The final farm field day in this years Ahuwhenua Trophy has again attracted a significant turnout. Kiriroa Station at Motu, 70 km north west of Gisborne is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Eugene and Pania King.

Eugene and Pania King

About 300 people came along to hear the Kings talk about their determination and hard work with whanau that enabled them to buy the farm. There was also a tour where visitors had the opportunity to see stock and also some of the improvements the couple have made to the farm since they bought it in 2013.

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Find out more about the Kings on Country Calendar Episode 9 - Motu Magic

Central Hawke’s Bay field day proves popular

A field day at historic Gwavas Station, Tikokino in Central Hawke’s Bay attracted a good crowd of people keen to see why this property is a finalist in this this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori sheep and beef farming.

Bob Cottrell - Chairman Te Awahohonu Forest Trust

Whangara Farms, 35 km north of Gisborne is 8,300 hectares (6,900 effective) and runs 45,000 sheep, about 6,000 cattle and employs 17 full time staff. Whangara Farms is a Partnership of three Māori Incorporations – Whangara B5, Pakarae A and Tapuwae Whitiwhiti of Ngati Konohi all under one management system.

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Whangara field day attracts good crowd

A crowd of about 250 people attended the field day of Whangara Farms, a finalist in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in sheep and beef farming.

Ingrid Collins - Chairperson and Kingi Smiler - Chairman of Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee

Whangara Farms, 35 km north of Gisborne is 8,300 hectares (6,900 effective) and runs 45,000 sheep, about 6,000 cattle and employs 17 full time staff. Whangara Farms is a Partnership of three Māori Incorporations – Whangara B5, Pakarae A and Tapuwae Whitiwhiti of Ngati Konohi all under one management system.

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Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer 2019 finalists announced

The finalists in the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Sheep and Beef have been announced. They are :

Kristy Maria Roa, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Apakura. Kristy works as a shepherd on Iwinui Station near Tolaga Bay on the East Coast of the North Island.

Tumoanakotore-i-Whakairioratia Harrison-Boyd, Ngati Porou, Whanau a Tuwhakairiora me Te Whanau a Hinekehu. Tu is a shepherd at Whareopaia Station near Tolaga Bay on the East Coast.

Taane-nui-a-Rangi Rotoatara Hubbard, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauwera, Tainui, Ngati Pakapaka, Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tuhoe. Taane is a shepherd on Caberfeidh Station in the Hakataramea Valley near Kurow, northwest of Oamaru.

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