The winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy and the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year have been given special recognition by Federated Farmers. Aaron Hunt representing Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd and Wiremu Reid, the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year, were presented with 'Cream of the Crop' awards at the Federations Annual Conference in Palmerston North recently. The Awards were presented to the pair by Bruce Wills, the President of the Federated Farmers, just before he stepped down after three years in the role. Aaron and Wiremu each received specially engraved miniature silver cream cans.
Left: the President of Federated Farmers Bruce Wills with Wiremu Reid;
Middle: Bettina Tollich, Wiremu's partner, Wiremu Reid and Aaron Hunt;
Right: Aaron Hunt and Wiremu Reid with their 'cream of the crop awards'
A Taranaki Māori Trust Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The Minister of Māori Affairs, the Hon Dr Pita Sharples made the announcement at a special awards evening held in Tauranga tonight attended by more than 850 people including the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy and other leading dignitaries.
2014 Young Māori Dairy Farmer of the Year, Wiremu Reid, has his heart set on owning a farm by age 30 and says winning the competition has been a positive step towards his goal.
More than 150 people turned out for the first field day of the three finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The field day was held at Putauaki Trust, Himiona Farm near Te Teko in the Bay of Plenty.
The Ahuwhenua Trophy judges play a vital role in the success of the competition. All are very experienced people who are able to accurately assess each farm and provide valuable feedback to those in governance roles and those who are involved in the day to day management of the farms.
Putauaki Trust is a relatively new entrant into dairying having acquired Himiona Farm in 2006. The farm is situated on the Rangitaiki Plains between the townships of Te Teko and Edgecumbe.
Just north of the Taranaki township of Hawera, Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd runs 500 kiwi cross cows on a 170ha effective milking platform.
Ngakauroa Farm Ngakauroa Farm is located in very good dairy farming country on the Rangitaiki Plains about 12 kms from Whakatane.
The three finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy were announced tonight by the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples at a special function at Parliament. Two of the three finalists are from the Bay of Plenty, Putauaki Trust – Himiona Farm and Ngati Awa Farms Ltd – Ngakauroa Farm while the third finalist, Te Rua o Te Moko Ltd is from Taranaki.
The three finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award will be announced at a special function at Parliament on Wednesday 19 February hosted by the Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples.
After a comprehensive interview process the judges for the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Dairy Farmer of the Year award have announced the competition finalists for 2014. The finalists are: Joshua MacDonald, 50/50 sharemilker, Waikato; Wiremu Reid, Lower Order Sharemilker, Winton; and James Matheson, Herd Manager, Gore.
A book which traces the proud and challenging history of Māori farming in New Zealand was launched this weekend at the Federation of Māori Authorities annual conference in Hastings.