2022 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Sheep and Beef Farmer Judges

Aaron Hunt

Aaron Hunt has been selected by Te Tumu Paeroa to be their judging representative for this exciting competition. Aaron has been involved in the dairy industry for many years, starting at a young age relief milking for neighbours while at high school, through to owning (in partnership) a 600-cow sharemilking operation.

Aaron's passion is around New Zealand's primary sector and its future. He played a role in guiding Te Rua o Te Moko Limited to winning the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award in 2014. His two main interests are finding the right balance between the environment and the economy and supporting and encouraging young people into the exciting opportunities in this space. Aaron lives by the motto "If you're not living on the edge then you are taking up too much room".

Matiu Julian

Matiu (Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga) was brought up in Taranaki amongst his Nga Ruahine and Ngati Ruanui whanau. He has had an extensive career in education with many roles in teaching, management and senior leadership. Matiu has also spent eight years in the Māori NGO Health sector before moving to Wellington to begin a career in the public sector. Matiu has held National roles for the Alcohol Advisory Council, the Ministry of Education and joined the Primary ITO as the National Māori Manager in May 2018. Matiu has always focussed on brining the best out of people to realise their unique gifts to develop and value.

Mauri Tu Mauri Ora.

Mark McManaway

Mark has been involved with Farming for the past 35 years starting as farm worker then progressing from low order sharemilker to herd ownership or 50/50 in the mid 2000’s. Mark has been working for Allflex NZ for the last 11 years, where he has been able to spend time with the most progressive farmers in both NZ and Australia in both Dairy and Sheep and Beef industry getting a valuable insight into how they run their businesses. Mark is passionate about working alongside good people helping achieve their goals and dreams. Mark believes that based on his history and many great years in practice he is able to do this well.

Kristy Roa

Kristy’s farming career began in 2017, where she started as a cadet in the Gisborne based 2-year Waipaoa Cadetship which then led her into her first shepherding role on Iwinui Station in Uawa, Tolaga Bay.

It was during her role at Iwinui that she took part in the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for sheep and beef and had the honour of winning the award.

Kristy is very proud of this achievement as she does not come from a farming background. After winning the award Kristy was given the opportunity to travel to Chile with the Ministry for Primary Industries to take part in the 2019 APEC conference. There she spoke about the importance of encouraging young people into agriculture and our duty to support them along the way.

In 2020 a back injury meant Kristy took on a different role in the agricultural sector becoming a Nutrient Specialist with Ballance Agri-Nutrients in Northern Hawke’s Bay. She is pleased that even though she can no longer physically farm she can support NZ farmers and stay connected to the whenua. Kristy is excited to have the opportunity to be on the judging panel this year and offer her support and experience to the 2022 entrants.