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 2021 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.



2020/2021 Key Dates

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Parliamentary Announcement of 2021 Dairy Finalists

Field days:
Thursday 25th March – Pouarua Farms
Thursday 1st April – Tataiwhetu Trust
Thursday 8th April – Tunapahore B2A Incorporation

Friday 14 May: Dairy Competition Awards Dinner, New Plymouth


Talking about us

Māori horticulture booming HortNews, 29 January 2021

Finnisha Tuhiwai  One of this years AYMG finalists in Shepherdess Magazine, 26 December 2020

Kingi Smiler | November 25, 2020 from GlobalHQ on Vimeo.


After 87 years the Ahuwhenua Trophy Award has been won by a horticultural operation.
Chair, Kingi Smiler, shares the successes from the event on Sarah's Country


Listen to Rito Tapuke talking about Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020 with Tumamao Harawira on Radio Wātea

Horticultural Science at Massey University - 3 November 2020

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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2020 Award Dinner

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2020 Award Dinner

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Ahuwhenua Trophy Finalists Announced

Rear left to Right: Hon Meka Whaitiri (Associate Minister of Agriculture), Jack Mihaere, Chairman, Tunapahore B2A Incorporation, Paki Nikora, Chair, Tataiwhetu Trust, Walter Ngamane, Kaumatua, Pouarua Farms.
Front L-R: Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture & Trustee & Hon Willie Jackson, Minister for Māori Development & Trustee.



The finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori Dairy farm were announced today at Parliament by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O'Connor. The three finalists are:
Pouarua Farms. The farm is located near the township of Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains, close to Thames. The 2,200ha platform comprises 10 farms – nine dairy units and one drystock unit and is the largest single dairy platform in the Hauraki region. A total of 4,600 cows are milked across 1,775ha and produce approximately 1.65M kgMS.
Tataiwhetu Trust. This property is located in the Ruatoki Valley south of Whakatane. They run 432 kiwi cross cows and carry 188 replacement stock on their two support blocks. Tataiwhetu is an organic dairy farm milking once a day and their herd produces 129,140 kgMS.
Tunapahore B2A Incorporation. The farm consists of 376ha located at Hawai and Torere on the famous State Highway 35 on the East Coast of the North Island. The nearest main town is Opotiki. The milking platform is 132ha, with 385 cows producing 125,940 kgMS.
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Pouarua Farms

Pouarua Farms are located on the Hauraki Plains, 35km south east of the Bombay Hills. The 2,200ha platform comprises ten farms: nine dairy units and one drystock unit. This is the largest single dairy platform in the Hauraki region. 4,600 cows are milked across 1,775ha and produce approximately 1.65M kgMS.


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Tataiwhetu Trust

In 1921 Sir Apirana Ngata held a Land Consolidation meeting on Tauarau Marae for over one month, with the view of sub-dividing the land into productive units to sustain the living requirements of Tūhoe families. Nine years later Lord Bledisloe, the then Governor General of New Zealand, visited Ruatoki to monitor the progress of this Consolidation Scheme.


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Tunapahore B2A Incorporation

In 1921 Sir Apirana Ngata held a Land Consolidation meeting on Tauarau Marae for over one month, with the view of sub-dividing the land into productive units to sustain the living requirements of Tūhoe families. Nine years later Lord Bledisloe, the then Governor General of New Zealand, visited Ruatoki to monitor the progress of this Consolidation Scheme.


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