Ahuwhenua Trophy Entries Open Māori sheep and beef farmers are being urged to enter the 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award. Entries for the competition are open and according to the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler, it offers a unique opportunity for individual Māori farmers, trusts and incorporations to get valuable professional feedback on their farming operations.
For the first time in the 83 year history of the competition, a South Island dairy farm has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award dairy.
The winner is the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation whose farm Tahu a Tao has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216 ha property near Ashburton runs around 830 Kiwi cross cows.
A young farmer who confesses he "got into the wrong crowd as a teenager and chose the wrong path" has been crowned the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori dairy farmer of the year.
Jack Raharuhi, hailing from the Ngati Kahu, said winning a prestigious award such as the Ahuwhenua was a huge honour.