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.

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Ahuwhenua Trophy Winner Announced

Eugene and Pania King of Kiriroa Station at Matawai, north west of Gisborne are the winners of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm in Aotearoa for 2019.

2019 winners - Pania and Eugene King

The Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O'Connor made the announcement and presented the Trophy to the Kings at a special awards function in Gisborne tonight attended by more than 600 people including the Hon Nanaia Mahuta and other dignitaries, agribusiness leaders and whānau and supporters of the three finalists.


Winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Award

The winner of the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is 20 year-old Kristy Maria Roa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura. Kristy works as a shepherd on Iwinui Station near Tolaga Bay on the East Coast of the North Island.

Winner of the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award, Kristy Roa

The announcement was made by the Māori Trustee and Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa, Dr Charlotte Severene at a gala awards function in Gisborne in association with the Ahuwhenua Trophy award for the top Māori Sheep and Beef farm.