Dean Nikora – 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.
Last year he was a member of an elite group of 24 New Zealand primary sector leaders who attended a bootcamp at Stanford University to determine how the agribusiness sector will play its role in the growth of the New Zealand economy. Dean is also a partner in a large dairy farming operation in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Dave is Client Director Corporate Agribusiness – BNZ. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Hawke’s Bay and also spent time helping out on friend’s dairy farms.
He is a qualified chartered accountant and joined BNZ 11 years ago, spending the first 6 years in rural lending based in Pukekohe. His current role is heading up the Central and Lower North Island region, where he is responsible for assisting with the BNZ's largest corporate farming clients, most of whom are involved in dairying. He is very familiar with analysis of dairy farming businesses including operational and financial metrics and KPI's.
He was a finalist judge in the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy Dairy Awards and is looking forward to being involved in the 2016 Ahuwhenua Trophy competition.
Katrina and Kevin own a 165 hectare dairy farm in Tariki Central Taranaki which is currently sharemilked by their son Chris and his wife Amy. After working on farm for 30 years Katrina worked in training and development for the Primary ITO and is now Regional Leader for DairyNZ in Taranaki.
Katrina has experience in judging after 6 years NZDIA National finals 3 years of farm manager and three years Sharemilker/Equity partner section of the competition.
A passion for seeing young people achieve in the Dairy Industry leads Katrina into several mentoring and coaching roles where she advocates the value of entering the various industry competitions as a networking and benchmarking opportunity.
Paul was born and bred in Taranaki with his parents being from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.
He has a degree in education from Massey University and taught in NZ, Japan and England for a number of years. He has also worked as an environmental educator for Taranaki Regional Council setting up programmes encouraging environmental responsibility.
Paul joined Fonterra in 2002 and is currently a Senior Area Manager in Taranaki. Paul has a deep interest in tikanga Māori and this is his fourth Ahuwhenua Trophy campaign.
He lives on a farmlet on the outskirts of Stratford with his wife Donna and three children who are coming and going from university.
Shay Moon – Lead Judge
Ko Aotea te waka, ko Ruapehu te maunga, ko Whanganui te awa, ko Ati hau nui a papa rangi te iwi. Ko Pungarehu me Parikino nga Marae. Ko Shay Moon toku ingoa. Tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
My rural upbringing and career have continuously surrounded me with many family and corporate agricultural operations throughout my life which have developed an on-going perspective for me on New Zealand’s Agriculture sector.
I currently reside in Taranaki where I am a BNZ Agribusiness Partner and manage a large diverse Agribusiness portfolio of Dairy, Sheep and Beef, Poultry and Arable farming. I have Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago and Post Graduate AgriCommerce qualification from Massey University.
Recently I spent two months in Europe which has given me a great perspective on how the New Zealand agri-sector can continue to grow positively. I am also a proud alumni of the NZ RYLA 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership course and I am looking to grow myself and others through this special competition.
Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.
Paul Bird has been a farm consultant for 20 years working in NZ, Ireland and the UK. Paul was involved in developing and delivering the DairyNZ Mark and Measure courses that have been running for 10 years. He is currently working as a consultant to DairyNZ on various business related projects including investigating success factors in large multi-unit dairy businesses. He has interests in commercial property and also aims to spend as much time as possible with his wife Anne and their two boys.
Peter Ettema has worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and its predecessors since 2005. He has worked in the agricultural sector both in New Zealand and overseas and is currently the manager for the International Environment team within the International Policy Directorate at MPI. Peter has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Masters of Environmental Management. Key areas of his work include climate change, resource and environmental management and extension capability across the primary sector.
I was bought up in the Hawke’s Bay Town of Wairoa although all of my family is from Taranaki. My iwi is Te Ati Hau a Paparangi. Dad has worked in the meat works for all of his career and Mum is a school teacher. Somehow I got involved in dairying after graduating with an Arts Degree in History and Geography from Massey University.
I worked on Dairy farms for 3 years before becoming a Consulting Officer for what is now DairyNZ in Northland. My wife and I then moved back to the Manawatu where I managed the 3 Massey University dairy farms and their research operations. I left there to work on a family farming operation where I was the Operations Manager overseeing 2100 cows.
Life has returned to some kind of normality (as normal as possible with 2 young boys) as for the past 5 1/2 years I have been Fonterra’s Area Manager for Northern Manawatu.
Abe Seymour – Competition Kaumātua
Abe Seymour affiliates to Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu and Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi and is currently a Strategic Relations Adviser providing advice to a number of organisations including the Primary ITO. He is a shareholder in a number of trusts in and around the Central North Island and from time to time provides advice in those areas. He has also sat on a number of boards and directorships for Māori and is heavily involved and a strong advocate in training programmes for young Māori who are likely to be tomorrow’s leaders. He is also involved in tertiary programmes, programme design and delivery to a number of organisations including the Waiariki Polytechnic.
Aaron Hunt is employed by Te Tumu Paeroa as their Rural Advisor where he oversees four dairy farms and a sheep and beef station. Aarons lives by the motto “If you’re not living on the edge then you are taking up to much room”.
He played a role in guiding Te Rua o Te Moko Limited to winning the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award 2014. He is also a director of the Farm Data Accreditation Limited and a past judge for the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award. Aaron has been involved in the dairy industry from a young age relief milking for neighbours while at high school through to owning (in partnership) a 600 cow Sharemilking operation.
Aaron’s passion is agriculture and its future. His two main interests are finding the right balance between the Environment and the Economy plus supporting/encouraging young people into Agriculture.
Peter graduated from Lincoln College in 1966 with Dip Ag, and Dip VFM, and has been involved in the development and administration of Māori land ever since, becoming the Fields Director of the Department of Māori Affairs in 1977 responsible for the Department’s Land Development and Rural Lending Programmes until restructuring in 1989. Since1990 Peter has spent various times as Private Secretary to different Ministers of Māori Affairs, and is currently the Manager of Te Puni Kōkiri’s Land Management Unit.
Peter has been involved in judging of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for the past 3 years, holding the position of Lead Judge for the 2014 Dairy Competition and 2015 Sheep and Beef Competition.
I was brought up on a farm in the Manawatu, like many young guys my father sent me off to get a trade, qualifying as a coachbuilder I was one of those that forgot to come home. I have managed manufacturing operations here and Australia before joining Allflex in 1993.
My passion is agriculture; joining Allflex gave me the chance to be entrenched in something I enjoy. All through my career I’ve taken particular focus in seeing young people succeed, the future of our industry relies on how well they grow.
With Allflex I’ve been involved at the ground floor in initiatives such as the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer, Future Beef NZ and the Allflex Beef Ambassador programs; having past recipients working alongside us gives me great satisfaction.
A favourite quote “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.
Abe Seymour affiliates to Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu and Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi and is currently a Strategic Relations Adviser providing advice to a number of organisations including the Primary ITO. He is a shareholder in a number of trusts in and around the Central North Island and from time to time provides advice in those areas. He has also sat on a number of boards and directorships for Māori and is heavily involved and a strong advocate in training programmes for young Māori who are likely to be tomorrow’s leaders. He is also involved in tertiary programmes, programme design and delivery to a number of organisations including the Waiariki Polytechnic. Abe is also the Kaumatua for the competition.