2019 Ahuwhenua Trophy Sheep and Beef Competition


This competition is for Māori sheep and beef farming businesses, where the entrant is clearly able to demonstrate they are in the majority decision making position relating to the farming operation.

It is expected that Māori sheep and beef farm Owners, Partnerships, Trusts, Incorporations, Lessees, will meet these criteria, as well as some equity partnership operators where Māori hold a majority equity and decision making position in that particular farming business. Entrants must be able to provide stand alone accounts for the sheep and beef enterprise. This is to cover the situation where the entrant may run a number of associated farming enterprises which may be amalgamated under an overall set of accounts. Entries of more than one property owned by an entity will be permitted provided the foregoing criteria are met; allowance for this will be taken into account by the judges.

Benchmarking analysis based on the B+LNZ Economic Service approach will be undertaken and to support this all entrants must provide financial accounts for the business entered in the competition for each of the last 3 years along with supporting physical information (stock numbers, ha, labour etc) for the same 3 year period.

Entrants will receive a Benchmarking Application Form upon entering for our analyst to gather the relevant information.

The competition will be held on a national basis and up to three finalists will compete to determine the supreme winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy, Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award 2019.


The Sheep and Beef competition is held every third year alternating with Dairy and Horticulture. Previous Ahuwhenua Trophy winners are required to stand down for the next succeeding competition. This applies to all farms owned by the winner. The organisers reserve the right to alter the conditions of entry, judging arrangements and details of information for future competitions.


Entrants’ names and all information supplied will be treated as confidential by the organisers and all those engaged in analysis and judging, and will not be passed on to any outside party.

All entrants will receive a copy of the financial and physical analysis. To the extent possible we will also provide benchmark information with other properties.