"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

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 Trophy 2015 Sheep and Beef - Finalists Compilation

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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.

The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation Field Day

It was another wonderful field day with about 200 people attending the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation’s farm Tahu a Tao near Ashburton. Each of the three finalists for the 2016 dairy competition have to stage a field day as part of the judging process. The whānau who own this farm have 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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Tewi Trust Field Day

The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell says he was taken aback by the great turnout to a field day at the Tewi Trust farm in the South Waikato – one of three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy About 300 people attended the day which featured presentations by the owners of the farm as well as a farm walk on the property where visitors were able to see some of the unique features of this dairy farm.

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Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited Field Day

Upwards of 300 people turned out for the first of the field days being staged by the three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The field day was held at Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited's farms Te Ahu Pātiki and Maungatere which are located near the Canterbury township of Oxford.

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Ahuwhenua Trophy Finalists Announced

The three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy were announced today at a function in parliament by the Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

 2016 Finalists

For the first time in the recent history of the competition two of the farms are in the South Island – the other is in the South Waikato area.

The three finalists are:

Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited

Tewi Trust

The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation

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Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited

Ngai Tahu

Ngāi Tahu's dairy farming operation currently consists of seven dairy units – of which Te Ahu Patiki and Maungatere are located side by side near the Canterbury township of Oxford. The area is known as Te Whenua Hou and was originally a New Zealand Forest Service radiata pine plantation commonly known as Eyrewell Forest.

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Tewi Trust

Tewi

Tewi Trust is situated near the small South Waikato settlement of Okoroire near Tirau. The area is famous for its hot springs and its beautiful hotel.

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The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation

Rakaia

The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation's Tahu a Tao farm has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216ha property near Ashburton is located 8 km from the Rakaia river mouth and runs around 820 Kiwi cross cows that produced 371,294 kgs/MS last season. In the early days this area proved to be quite a challenge for travellers going through the region, particularly crossing rivers.

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Judges 2016 Dairy

Dean Nikora is the Finalist Chief Judge. Having a person with the knowledge and skills of Dean Nikora adds great value to the judging panel. Dean, who is affiliated to Ngāti Maniapoto me Ngāti Tama, has extensive experience in governance, representation and consultancy within the primary sector. He has worked with Fonterra Shareholders Council, AsureQuality and Ballance Agri-Nutrients on a wide range of issues.

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