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

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

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

Ahuwhenua Trophy Winner Announced

The winner of the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020 is Te Kaha 15B Hineora Orchard. Hineora Orchard is a Māori freehold land block located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township of Te Kaha, 65 km east of Ōpōtiki.

Norm Carter – Te Kaha 15 B, Hineora Orchard with the Governor General, Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy


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.

The announcement was made on Friday 20th November 2020 by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy at a special awards function in Rotorua attended by 750 people including the Minister for Māori Development and Minister of Agriculture, other politicians and dignitaries, agribusiness leaders and whānau.

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Ahuwhenua Young Maori Grower Award Winner Announced

The winner of the inaugural Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower Award is 26 year old Maatutaera Akonga. Maatutaera is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu descent and is senior leading hand at Llewellyn Horticulture based in Hastings.

Maatutaera Akonga

The two other finalists in the competition were 24 year-old Brandon Cross of Tauranga who works as trainee orchard manager for the large kiwifruit orchard management and post-harvest company Seeka, and 25 year-old Finnisha Tuhiwai who is packhouse manager for Maungatapere Berries located west of Whangarei in a rural town ship of Maungatapere.

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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.

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