2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award

2019 Finalists

The finalists will be announced soon.

Previous Winners

 

Harepaora Ngaheu - 2018 Winner

Peter Little says "Harepaora Ngaheu will do a great job as a role model for other young Māori contemplating a career in the agri business sector. They need people like Harepaora who has not had an easy life but through determination and hard work has shown that it is possible to come through adversity and achieve at a high level. It is important that young Māori realise that every day there are new opportunities opening up for them as more land is brought into production and other land improved."

Harepaora Ngaheu, Dairy winner 2018

Jordan Biddle

“When I was at school I had little inkling that I’d make farming my career choice. But this occurred when I started working part time on farms when I was just fifteen, doing odd jobs such as fencing. The breakthrough came two years later when I was offered a permanent role at Waitaha Station in northern Hawke’s Bay. Two years later I moved to my present role atPihanui Station.”

Jordan Biddle, Sheep and Beef Winner 2017

Jack Raharuhi

"I got into the wrong crowd as a teenager and I chose the wrong path. I left school and came to work here on the farm which I now manage. Dairy farming got me in line. I had no time to go out and get into trouble. Now I have a fiancée and two children,"

Jack Raharuhi, Dairy Winner 2016

Hannah Wallace

“Winning this competition has given me the confidence to want to achieve my dreams of owning or leasing my own farm. It gave me a real confidence boost and made me realise that, yes us females can be farmers, and yes we are good at what we do because we are right up the with the boys.”

Hannah Wallace, Sheep and Beef Winner 2015

Wiremu Reid

2014 Young Māori Dairy Farmer of the Year, Wiremu Reid, has his heart set on owning a farm by age 30 and says winning the competition has been a positive step towards his goal.

"I'm confident we'll get there. Ultimately we want a run off, or a lease block, with conversion possibilities; but for the short term we would like somewhere to graze our own stock."

Wiremu Reid, Dairy Winner 2014

Jordan Smith

“It was a really positive experience for me. I would recommend it to anybody because it will help them go further in the industry.”

Jordan Smith, Sheep and Beef Winner 2013

Tangaroa Walker

"I want to be the most successful Māori in the world and I want to motivate young Māori by directing them down the path I have followed to show them that the opportunities are out there if you are willing to sacrifice and put in the hard yards."

Tangaroa Walker, Dairy Winner 2012