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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Horticulture signs up to prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy

Horticulture today signed up to be part of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award, which recognise excellence in Māori farming.

Kingi Smiler and Mike Chapman

Today, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman and Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Management Committee, signed an agreement that will see a horticulture Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2020. Each year the awards recognise a farming sector and horticulture will be on a third-year rotation, after dairy (2018) and sheep and beef (2019).

“There are significant Māori holdings in horticulture, so it is great for our industry to be able to join the legacy that the Ahuwhenua Trophy holds,” says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

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Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition Launched

There is a call for Māori sheep and beef farmers to enter the Ahuwhenua Trophy, Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award 2019 for Sheep and Beef.

Cedric Nepia (Trophy Kaitiaki) and Andrew Morrison (Chairman Beef + Lamb NZ)

Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler says Māori sheep and beef farmers throughout the country are doing great things on their land and the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition offers them a great opportunity to showcase their efforts to their peers and all others in the primary sector.

Kingi Smiler says many Māori farmers are leading way in terms of developing and implementing long term sustainable practices on their land as kaitiaki, as well as embracing new technologies. He says it is important that the wider community understand this and there is no better way of doing this than by entering the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition.

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