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.



Ahuwhenua Trophy 2020 Key Dates

Friday 21 February - Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists

Thursday 26 March - Field Day – Hineora Orchard, Te Kaha 15B Trust, Te Kaha

Thursday 2 April - Field Day – Otama Marere, Te Puke

Thursday 9 April - Field Day – Ngai Tukairangi Trust, Tauranga

Friday 22nd May 2020 - Awards Dinner - Trustpower Baypark Stadium & Arena, Tauranga


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2020 Ahuwhenua Trophy Launch

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Talking about us

Passion for land and people breeds success Māori Television Te Ao - 28 May 2019

Gisborne couple named top Māori sheep and beef farmers Newshub - 27 May 2019

Whānau kings of Ahuwhenua Waatea News - 27 May 2019

Embrace of farm life winner for Roa Waatea News - 27 May 2019

King whānau work hard to achieve farming success 25 May 2019 Māori Television

Plant a tree, grow a community 25 May 2019 Farmers Weekly

Eugene and Pania King reaping rewards of whanau support at Matawai Stuff - 07 March 2017

Kings reign at Ahuwhenua farming awards Gisborne Herald - 25 May 2019

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



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2019 Award Dinner

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Ahuwhenua Trophy Finalists Announced

The finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top horticultural enterprise were announced today at Parliament by the Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta. The three finalists are:

  • Hineora Orchard, Te Kaha 15B Ahu Whenua Trust; a Māori freehold land block located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township of Te Kaha, 65km east of Ōpōtiki on which the Trust run a kiwifruit joint venture operation.
  • Otama Marere (Paengaroa North A5) Block in Paengaroa near the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke, who grow a mixture of Green, SunGold and organic kiwifruit as well as avocados.
  • Ngai Tukairangi Trust which is very large kiwifruit operation with one of its orchards, based at Matapihi, just a few kilometres from the centre of Tauranga city.

Finalists & Minister Mahuta – L-R: Ratahi Cross (Chairman, Ngai Tukairangi Trust), Minister Mahuta (Minister for Māori Development), Norman Carter (Chairman, Hineora Orchard, Te Kaha 15B Ahu Whenua Trust) & Homman Tapsell (Advisory Trustee, Otama Marere (Paengaroa North A5) Block

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The Hineora Orchard / Te Kaha 15B Ahu Whenua Trust 

Te Kaha 15B is a Māori freehold land block located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township of Te Kaha, 65km east of Ōpōtiki. The whenua falls within the tribal rohe of Te Whānau-a-Apanui, and more specifically, is associated with Te Whānau a Te Ehutu hapū.

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Otama Marere (Paengaroa North A5) Block

Otama Marere (Paengaroa North A5) Block in Paengaroa near the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke has gone through a remarkable transition. The land was originally leased to the local golf club on a 60 year lease at two shillings and six pence per acre. When the lease on the 45.01 hectare block expired in the 1980s, Otama Marere took back the land and converted the golf course into an orchard.

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Ngai Tukairangi Trust

Ngai Tukairangi Trust is very large kiwifruit operation with one of its orchards, based at Matapihi, just a few kilometres from the centre of Tauranga city. Their land is on a peninsular and was originally used for dairy farming. Forty years ago, a number of family members who owned the dairy farms feared that the land would become incorporated into urban development. They decided that they had a better chance of holding onto it by converting to kiwifruit.

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