The Ahuwhenua Trophy, Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori 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 2019 competition is for Māori sheep & beef farmers.



Ahuwhenua Trophy 2019 Key Dates

Thursday 21 February 2019 - Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists

Thursday 4 April 2019 Field Day 1

Thursday 11 April 2019 Field Day 2

Thursday 18 April 2019 Field Day 3

Friday 24 May 2019 - Awards Dinner and Announcement of Winner – Gisborne Showgrounds and Events Centre



Talking about us

Porirua boy now a top farmer Farmers Weekly - 31 May 2018

Horticulture part of Ahuwhenua mix Waatea News - 31 May 2018

Te Puni Kōkiri congratulates 'super stars' of Māori agribusiness Te Puni Kōkiri - 30 May 2018

Listen here to Basil Tapuke talking on Waatea News - 30 May 2018

Rotorua farm wins Ahuwhenua Trophy NZFarmer - 30 May 2018

Rotorua's Onuku Trust wins Ahuwhenua Trophy, Harepaora Ngaheu Young Māori Farmer winner Rotorua Daily Post - 29 May 2018

New Zealand Government - Hon Meka Whaitiri, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister of Forestry Māori farming excellence celebrated - 27 May 2018

New Zealand Government - The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta Rotorua's Onuku Trust wins Ahuwhenua Trophy - 26 May 2015

Cheyenne Wilson, finalist of the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award - 23 May 2018 Rereātea on Māori Television

From about 1.30, watch a story about the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award - 23 April 2018 Rereātea on Māori Television

Rotorua and Hokitika farmers named as finalists for Māori excellence in farming award NZ Farmer - 23 February 2018



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2019 Finalists Announcement

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2018 Award Dinner

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2019 Field Days

Field days will held at the farms during April. These are open to the public and provide an opportunity for the finalists to showcase their properties. It is also part of the judging process. Media, along with members of the public are most welcome to attend.

Thursday 4 April – Whangara Farms

ASSEMBLE FOR THE POWHIRI AT Whangara Marae, 368 Pa Road, Pouawa, Gisborne - Meet at 8.30am for the 9.00am start
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Thursday 11 April – Te Awahohonu Forest Trust, Gwavas Station

ASSEMBLE FOR THE POWHIRI AT 5740 State Highway 50, Tikokino - Meet at 8.30am for the 9.00am start
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Thursday 18 April – Kiriroa Station, Eugene & Pania King

ASSEMBLE FOR THE POWHIRI AT 253 Motu Road, Matawai, Gisborne - Meet at 8.30am for the 9.00am start
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Ahuwhenua Trophy 2019 finalists announced

The finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm were announced at Parliament today by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O´Connor.
The finalists are:
Whangara Farms, situated 35 km north of Gisborne;
Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Gwavas Station, at Tikokino 50 km west of Hastings; and
Kiriroa Station – Eugene & Pania King, at Motu, 70 km north west of Gisborne.

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Whangara Farms

Whangara Farms

Whangara Farms is a partnership of three Māori Incorporations. In 2006, Whangara B5 and Pakarae A and Other Blocks formed the original partnership. In 2015, Tapuwae Whitiwhiti joined and Whangara Farms Partnership was established. This effectively brought the three major Incorporations of Ngāti Konohi back under one management system.

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Kiriroa Station - Eugene & Pania King

Kiriroa Station  - Eugene & Pania King

Kiriroa Station is owned and operatered by husband and wife team, Eugene and Pania King. For 12 years they farmed in a whānau partnership. They all had one goal in common, to one day all own their own farms. The whānau knew that with hard work, commitment, and determination their goal would be reached. Eugene and Pania are grateful to have had the opportunity to farm with whānau, and are proud of what has been achieved.

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Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Gwavas Station

Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Gwavas Station

Te Awahohonu Forest Trust was formed in 1971. The Trust is constituted by the Māori Land Court as an Ahu Whenua Trust. The Trust administers Tarawera C9 comprising 20,960ha in total, 8,428ha in Awahohonu forest, 2,623ha in Tarawera Station, and 9,909ha Ahimanawa (Native). In addition to Tarawera C9, the Trust owns 1,000ha at Gwavas Station, and a further 160ha farming property neighbouring Tarawera Station.

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