The Ahuwhenua Trophy acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in New Zealand's important pastoral and horticultural sectors. This competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef, and now also horticulture. The upcoming 2020 competition is for Māori horticulturalists.

2020/2021 Key Dates

Friday 20 November 2020 - Horticulture Competition Awards Dinner, Rotorua Energy Events Centre

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Parliamentary Announcement of 2021 Dairy Finalists

Thursday 25 March: Field Day 1

Thursday 1 April: Field Day 2

Thursday 8 April: Field Day 3

Friday 14 May: Dairy Competition Awards Dinner, New Plymouth

Talking about us

Young Māori Farmer finalists take horticultural leadership tour Te Ao Māori News - 21 October 2020

'It's an amazing feeling but I didn't expect it' - Maatutaera Tipoki Akonga Te Ao Māori News - 10 May 2020

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower Award 2020 finalists announced The Country The Country - 20 April 2020

Maatutaera Tipoki Akonga has been announced as a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower Award 2020 The Hastings 26-year-old who's responsible for 80 hectares of apple trees HAWKE'S BAY TODAY - 20 April 2020

Three top performing Bay of Plenty orchards are finalists in the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to honour excellence in Maori horticulture. Trophy this year honouring Maori horticulture Coast&Country News - 26 March 2020

One of our current 2020 Ahuwhenua Trophy Finalists, Ngai Tukairangi Trust are in the news coming out in support of the horticulture industry, offering opportunities to those with transferable skills, and keeping the health and safety of staff and employees at the forefront.
Kiwifruit industry providing employment for laid off kaimahi Te Ao Māori News - 30 March 2020

Jack Raharuhi, our 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer winner has won another prestigious award, the 2020 Zanda McDonald - we are very proud of him!
Kiwi Jack Raharuhi takes the crown in top Australasian agri-business award Zanda McDonald Award - 25 March 2020

Country Calendar Episode 9 - Motu Magic about Eugene and Pania Kings, one the 2019 Finalists

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Minister Nanaia Mahuta at the Ngai Tukairangi Field Day

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2019 Award Dinner

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Leadership challenge for Young Māori Grower

The finalists in the inaugural Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower Award 2020 have been told that one of the big challenges facing Māori is increasing the number of young Māori into leadership roles in the horticultural sector.


Ahuwhenua Trophy Field Day – Ngai Tukairangi Trust

A crowd of more than 150 people turned out this week to attend a field day at Ngai Tukairangi Trust's kiwifruit orchard at Matapihi. The Trust is one of three finalists in Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for the top Māori horticulturalist of the year.

The presentation of bronze medal - Ratahi Cross, Ngai Tukairangi Trust Chair and Kingi Smiler, Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chair

This is the first time in its 87 year history that horticulture has been included in the competition. In the past the competition has been for dairy and sheep and beef, held in alternate years, but this year the competition was widened to include horticulture.
The field day attracted a wide range of people from the kiwifruit industry as well as the wider agri business sector. The day commenced with a powihi at the Hungahungatoroa Marae and was followed by a series of presentations from Trustees and staff about its history, governance, strategy and business planning. Those attending the field day were also taken on a tour of the property. read more...

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Prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition open to Maori Dairy farmers

Entries are being called for the 2021 Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for the top Maori dairy farm. The competition is open to all individual Maori farmers and Maori entities such as Trusts and Incorporations who are involved in dairy farming.

Entry forms and full details about the competition are available here.
The prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition was first held in 1933 and is designed to showcase and celebrate excellence in Maori agriculture and horticulture. Over three years competitions are run for dairy, sheep and beef and horticulture; in 2021 the award recognises excellence in dairying.


Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower - Study Tour 2020

Finalists in the Young Māori Grower, Ahuwhenua Trophy, Maatutaera Akonga, Llewellyn Horticulture Limited, Brandon Cross, Seeka Limited, Finnisha Tuhiwai, Maugatapere Berries Ahuwhenua Young Maori Growers, are on Study Tour.

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