Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015, Hannah Wallace is urging all young Māori farmers to enter the 2016 competition.
Hannah is also the first woman to win the award. She says the opportunities that have come out of the competition were overwhelming. Hannah is now an ambassador representing young Māori farmers.Read original article
Entries for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy are now open and the competition was officially launched by the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell at the annual Federation of Māori Authorities conference in Wellington this weekend.
Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee since 2007 and Chairman of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, winner in 2005, is urging individuals, trusts and incorporations to enter the 2016 dairy competition. He says while it is great that one farm will eventually win the competition there are huge benefits in just entering and hopefully being a finalist.
"What previous entrants and finalists have told us is that the experience of just entering has been hugely beneficial to them. The fact that the judges who are specialist rural professionals are able to give feedback and ideas which were never looked at before can help make a difference. Just having some professional benchmarking done can spark new initiatives which can make a difference is a really positive outcome," he says.
Enter the 2016 dairy competition here
The 2016 competition is for young Māori farmers working in the dairy sector. This award is about celebrating leadership qualities and inspiring young Māori into careers linked to growing the Māori asset base.
Enter the 2016 competition here