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.
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.