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.
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Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have tonight congratulated Mangaroa Station, this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy winner.
Barton and Nukuhia Hadfield of Mangaroa Station win the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef.View Photos
Hannah Wallace is the winner of the 2015 Ahuwhenua Young Farmer of the Year Award.View Photos
The 2015 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer finalists have been announced. They are: Hannah Wallace, 22, Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay; Hemoata Kopa, 19, Porangahau, Hawke’s Bay; and Taane Hubbard, 19, Gladstone, Wairarapa. As well as the first female finalists’ since the competition started, this year’s contest revealed a passionate pool of talent with strong commitment to the sheep and beef sector.