The Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in 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 2018 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.


Ahuwhenua Trophy 2018 Key Dates

Parliamentary Announcement of Finalists: Thursday 22 Feb 2018

Thursday 5th April – The Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation (Hokitika)

Thursday 12th April – Onuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua)

Friday 25 May 2018 - Awards Dinner and announcement of the winner – Wigram Airforce Museum, Christchurch.



Talking about us

Rotorua and Hokitika farmers named as finalists for Māori excellence in farming award NZ Farmer - 23 February 2018

Watch a repeat of the Country Calendar episode of Bart and Nuku Hadfield who were the Ahuwhenua Trophy sheep and beef winners of 2015.

Listen here a DairyNZ's 10 attributes of a top dairy farmer - The Country - 25 January 2018

Massey to support Māori farming competiton - Massey University News - 10 October 2017

Listen here to the Omapere Rangihamama Trust manager on Rural News - 30 May 2017 - Please advance to 2:32

2017 Awards coverage on Māori Television




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Omapere Rangihamama Trust 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy winner

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2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award

The finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Dairy have been announced. The three were selected from a number of entrants around the country.
They are:

  • Mathew Pooley (Ngāi Tahu, Koukourārata) 25, who is the farm manager on Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited's Maungatere dairy farm near Oxford in Canterbury;
  • Cheyenne Wilson (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa), 25, who is an Assistant Manager on Lochan Mor farm near Ashburton;
  • Harepaora Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) 26, from the Bay of Plenty who is an Acting Manager on a dairy farm near Te Teko, but plans to go contract milking for the same farmer in the new season.

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Onuku Māori Lands Trust field day attracts good crowd

Another large crowd of people attended the field day of Onuku Māori Lands Trust, a finalist in this years 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy.

Moyra Bramley - Chair Onuku Māori Lands Trust and Dawson Haa - Past Entrant Representative on Ahuwhenua Trophy Mgt Committee

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Mawhera Incorporation Field Day Success

The Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee, Kingi Smiler says the Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation, based near Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island are to be congratulated for the excellent field day they organised on their property this week.

Group Photo at Whare Tipuna, Tuhuru, Arahura Marae

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