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 2018 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.

Ahuwhenua Trophy 2018 Key Dates

Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists: Thursday 22 Feb 2018

Thursday 5th April – The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation (Hokitika)

Thursday 12th April – Onuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua)

Friday 25 May 2018 - Awards Dinner and announcement of the winner – Wigram Airforce Museum, Christchurch.

Talking about us

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

Watch a repeat of the Country Calendar episode of Bart and Nuku Hadfield who were the Ahuwhenua Trophy sheep and beef winners of 2015.

Listen here a DairyNZ's 10 attributes of a top dairy farmer - The Country - 25 January 2018

Massey to support Māori farming competiton - Massey University News - 10 October 2017

Listen here to the Omapere Rangihamama Trust manager on Rural News - 30 May 2017 - Please advance to 2:32

2017 Awards coverage on Māori Television

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Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

L to R: Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development, Moyra Bramley, Chairperson Onuku Māori Lands Trust, James Russell, Chairperson Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation and Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister for Agriculture.

The finalists for the 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy were announced today at a function in parliament by the Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta. They are:
The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation (Hokitika); and
Onuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua).


The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation

James Russell, Debbie and Mark van Beek - Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation

Mawhera Incorporation Farm consists of 348ha in the Arahura Valley, North of the West Coast town of Hokitika. The milking platform is 257ha and the 500 cows produce 190,000 kgMS.


Onuku Māori Lands Trust

Moyra Bramley & Alan Rondon - Onuku Maori Lands Trust

Boundary Road Farm comprises a 72ha block near Lake Rotomahana, about 30km South of Rotorua. The Trust milks 220 cows, which produce about 90,000 kgMS.