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

Launcht: Mon 25th Sep 2017, 11.00am, at Waikato -Tainui College for Research & Development - 451 Old Taupiri Road, Ngāruawāhia

Entries Close: Fri 24 Nov 2017

Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists: Wed 21 Feb 2018

Field Day 1: Thur 29 Mar 2018 - TBC

Field Day 2: Thur 5 Apr 2018 - TBC

Field Day 3: Thur 12 Apr 2018 - TBC

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

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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

Far North farm wins Maori excellence in farming award Stuff/ NZFarmer - 30 May 2017

Big farming award for Raupunga shepherd Hawke's Bay Today - 28 May 2017

Listen here to Kingi Smiler talking on Waatea News - 24 March 2017

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Massey to support Māori farming competiton

Massey University is demonstrating its support for the Māori agricultural sector by becoming a sponsor of the Ahuwhenua Trophy, BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.


2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition Launched

MEDIA RELEASE - 27 September 2017

Māori farmers are being urged to enter the 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy.

Dr Tim Mackle, CEO of DairyNZ and Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee

The Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler says it is a great opportunity for Māori to take up the challenge and enter. He says this will give them the chance to have a group of expert judges come and work with them to give them a good idea about what sort of progress they are making on their farms. He says it's also great for those who are at the pinnacle of their operations to show what they are capable of doing to other Māori farmers and the rest of the industry as a whole.


Far North Farms Wins Ahuwhenua Trophy

Omapere Rangihamama Trust farm near Kaikohe in the Far North has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for the top sheep and beef farm in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 2017 Winner

The announcement was made by the Right Honourable Bill English at an awards evening attended by more than 700 people in Whangarei last night. The function is regarded as the premier event on the national calendar for NZ agribusiness. It was attended by Māori leaders, politicians, agribusiness professionals, whānau of the finalists, past winners and media.


Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Winner

The winner of the 2017 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is Jordan Biddle, 21, Ngāti Pahauwera, who is a shepherd on Pihanui Station, south of Wairoa, owned by Ngāti Pahauwera.

 2017 Winner

The announcement was made by Jamie Tuuta, Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards dinner in Whangarei last night. More than 700 guests including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Māori Development, other parliamentarians and representatives of the Māori King were in attendance.