"Kua tae ki te wā e huri ai o tātou whakaaro ki te Ipu Ahuwhenua, he taonga tuku iho nō o tātou tipuna ki a tātou. Nō reira koutou ngā kanohi ora o ratou mā, tēnā tātou katoa."

"As we think about the Ahuwhenua Trophy, we salute our forebears who established this kaupapa, and those who carry it on today. Therefore to all of us the living I greet you."

     Hon Pita Sharples, former Minister of Māori Affairs


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 2016 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.


Ahuwhenua Trophy 2016 Key Dates

Entries Close: Fri 27 Nov 2015

Initial Judging commences: Mon 25 Jan 2016 – 2pm

Initial Judging finished: Wed 10 Feb 2016

Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists: Wed 17 Feb 2016 – 12 noon

FD - Tue 8 March – Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited

FD - Fri 11 March – Tewi Trust

FD - Wed 16 March – The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation

Awards Dinner and announcement of the winner – Claudelands, Hamilton: Fri 20 May 2016


Talking about us

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 23 May 2016 talking about the 2016 winners

Read Young Māori dairy farmer Jack Raharuhi changes direction and wins award - stuff.co.nz 23 May 2016

2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell - 21 May 2016

Read Shareholders' sacrifices built Rakaia's mana - stuff.co.nz 23 March 2016

Listen here to Midday Rural News for 18 February 2016: finalists announcement mentioned at start, then piece follows with interviews with Ron and Tuhi Watkinson (Please forward to 2'26")


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Ahuwhenua publication selling fast

Copies of Ahuwhenua - Celebrating 80 Years of Māori Farming have almost sold out, but we do have a few more left if you haven't purchased your copy yet. Books are $40 each and you can order one today by emailing ahuwhenuacompetition@tetumupaeroa.co.nz. Find out more about the book here.

Ahuwhenua Trophy winner makes history

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.

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Young Māori dairy farmer Jack Raharuhi changes direction and wins award

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.

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