For the first time in the 83 year history of the competition, a South Island dairy farm has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award dairy.The winner is the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation whose farm Tahu a Tao has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216 ha property near Ashburton runs around 830 Kiwi cross cows.
A young farmer who confesses he "got into the wrong crowd as a teenager and chose the wrong path" has been crowned the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori dairy farmer of the year.
Jack Raharuhi, hailing from the Ngati Kahu, said winning a prestigious award such as the Ahuwhenua was a huge honour.
The three finalists in the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Dairy Farmer Competition have been announced ahead of the finals at Claudelands, Hamilton on Friday, 20th of May. Ash-Leigh Campbell from Lincoln, Harepaora Ngaheu from Te Teko and Jack Raharuhi from the West Coast will be competing for the title in the prestigious Young Farmer competition, now its fifth year.
Confidence and self-belief have always help Ash-Leigh Campbell achieve her goals in the dairy industry – and she hopes her success will inspire more young Maori women to follow her lead. “You have to back yourself. If you know you can do it, everyone around you will eventually buy into that too,” she says.
After making some crucial mistakes as a teenager, Harepaora Ngaheu considered joining a gang in his hometown of Te Teko. But the birth of his first daughter when he was aged 16 motivated him to start making better decisions. He initially tried his hand at seasonal work before an old friend suggested he try an eight week introductory agricultural course.
Young West Coasters are lining up to be hired by Jack Raharuhi and learn the ropes of dairy farming. That’s because the 450ha Landcorp property which Jack manages is known as “the training camp” and turns out highly-skilled, well-educated 2ICs year after year. Jack left Buller High School at age 15 to work on the farm himself, and has developed a passion for training other young workers and helping them carve out viable career paths.
It was another wonderful field day with about 200 people attending the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation’s farm Tahu a Tao near Ashburton. Each of the three finalists for the 2016 dairy competition have to stage a field day as part of the judging process. The whānau who own this farm have a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216 ha property near Ashburton runs around 830 Kiwi cross cows.
The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell says he was taken aback by the great turnout to a field day at the Tewi Trust farm in the South Waikato – one of three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy About 300 people attended the day which featured presentations by the owners of the farm as well as a farm walk on the property where visitors were able to see some of the unique features of this dairy farm.
Upwards of 300 people turned out for the first of the field days being staged by the three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy. The field day was held at Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited’s farms Te Ahu Pātiki and Maungatere which are located near the Canterbury township of Oxford.
The three finalists for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for Dairy were announced today at a function in parliament by the Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. For the first time in recent the history of the competition two of the farms are in the South Island – the other is in the South Waikato area.
Ngāi Tahu's dairy farming operation currently consists of seven dairy units – of which Te Ahu Patiki and Maungatere are located side by side near the Canterbury township of Oxford. The area is known as Te Whenua Hou and was originally a New Zealand Forest Service radiata pine plantation commonly known as Eyrewell Forest.
Tewi Trust is situated near the small South Waikato settlement of Okoroire near Tirau. The area is famous for its hot springs and its beautiful hotel.
The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation's Tahu a Tao farm has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. The present 216ha property near Ashburton is located 8 km from the Rakaia river mouth and runs around 820 Kiwi cross cows that produced 371,294 kgs/MS last season. In the early days this area proved to be quite a challenge for travellers going through the region, particularly crossing rivers.
Dean Nikora is the Finalist Chief Judge. Having a person with the knowledge and skills of Dean Nikora adds great value to the judging panel. Dean, who is affiliated to Ngāti Maniapoto me Ngāti Tama, has extensive experience in governance, representation and consultancy within the primary sector. He has worked with Fonterra Shareholders Council, AsureQuality and Ballance Agri-Nutrients on a wide range of issues.
Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015, Hannah Wallace is urging all young Māori farmers to enter the 2016 competition.
Hannah is also the first woman to win the award. She says the opportunities that have come out of the competition were overwhelming. Hannah is now an ambassador representing young Māori farmers.
Entries for the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy are now open and the competition was officially launched by the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell at the annual Federation of Māori Authorities conference in Wellington this weekend.