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Judges 2017 – Sheep and Beef

About the Judges

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.

The competition has two judging panels. The first round judges have the task of selecting three finalists – in effect the short list. At this point the finalist judges then have the task of selecting the eventual winner. They attend the field days at each of the farms and the running of these days is a part of the competition criteria. The Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee greatly appreciates the support of those sponsors who have made top class agribusiness experts available to judge the event.

 

Finalist judges

Dana Blackburn – Chief Judge
Dana Blackburn (Ngāti Rangi, Atihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngati Tūwharetoa) farms an 800ha semi intensive sheep and beef unit at Karioi, Ohakune, a property initially developed on family and ancestral land. He is the immediate past Chair of the Atihau Whanganui Incorporation, which won the Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2007. During his involvement with Atihau he assisted in the acquisition and development of some 25,000ha of land converting them into extensive and intensive sheep and beef units.

Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson joined BNZ as an Agribusiness Manager in 1996. As one of BNZ’s Senior Partners, Sam leads the Northland team of agribusiness, commercial and private banking partners. Along with his wife, he manages 40 heifers on their 15ha block at Kamo, outside of Whangarei and has an interest in farming and businesses associated with the primary sector. He enjoys working with Māori businesses across Te Taitokerau and has enjoyed being part of recent successful ventures that haven’t always fitted within the typical banking boxes.

Chris Garland
Chris Garland is an Agribusiness Consultant with BakerAg, based in Masterton. Chris was a founding partner of the company. He specialises farm management consultancy in sheep, beef and deer systems and has a particular interest in the governance of large scale farming operations and sits on the boards of a number of businesses running over 100,000 SU.

Chris is also the editor and publisher of the AgLetter, a weekly farm management newsletter with nation-wide following. Chris is a Fellow of the NZIPIM and was awarded the Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year in 2015, along with the NZ Grasslands Consultant of the Year.

Dr Gavin Sheath
Gavin is an agricultural systems consultant with extensive international and domestic experience as a scientist and businessman. Dr Sheath has spent over 40 years with AgResearch in various senior management roles. Most recently he has provided strategic planning services to Māori agribusinesses, Deer Industry NZ, and DairyNZ. He has participated in technical reviews for the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Waikato River Authority and has worked in both the private and public sectors, in Japan, Mongolia and South America.

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.

 

First Round Judges

Duncan Matthews – Lead Judge
Duncan Matthews works as a Partner of Corporate Agribusiness for BNZ. Based in Taupo for the past 14 years, Duncan has a diverse portfolio with the majority of his clients operating throughout the Central Plateau and South Waikato area. This includes a number of Māori agribusiness entities, many of whom have strong links to the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition.

Duncan was brought up on a hill country sheep and beef cattle property east of Hawera, Taranaki, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and a Rural Valuation diploma at Massey University, before working in the fertiliser industry and travelling overseas. He is appreciative of the opportunity to judge in the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for 2017 having judged in both the Dairy and the Sheep and Beef competitions in previous years.

Jenny McGimpsey
Jenny McGimpsey has worked with Beef + Lamb New Zealand and its predecessor for ten years. She is B+LNZ’s Economic Service Manager for the Southern South Island, which involves data collection and analysis and forecasting for the Sheep and Beef Farm Survey. In a former role she managed the implementation of an extension programme to sheep and beef farmers in Southland. Graduating with B Hort Sc (Hons) from Canterbury University (Lincoln College), Jenny has a science background and worked on the agronomy of new and novel crops for ten years. Together with her husband and other business partners, she has an interest in a sheep and beef property on 550ha of developed hill country in West Otago. She has extensive practical farming experience, latterly in a governance role.

Peter Ettema
Peter Ettema has worked for, and was contracted by, 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.

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.


Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Judges

Aaron Hunt
Aaron is the Rural Advisor at Te Tumu Paeroa, 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. 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 and encouraging young people into agriculture.


Peter Little
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 as Manager of Te Puni Kōkiri’s Land Management Unit, until retirement in June 2016. Peter has been involved in judging of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for the past four years, and currently holds the position of Lead Judge for the 2017 Sheep and Beef Competition.


Mark McManaway
Mark has been involved with farming for the past 35 years starting as farm worker then progressing from low order sharemilker to herd ownership or 50/50 in the mid 2000’s. Mark has been working for Allflex NZ for the last seven years, where he has been able to spend time with the most progressive farmers in both NZ and Australia in both Dairy and Sheep and Beef industry getting a valuable insight into how they run their businesses. Mark is passionate about working alongside good people helping achieve their goals and dreams. Mark believes that based on his history and many great years in practice he is able to do this well.

 

Doug Macredie
Doug Macredie is of Te Arawa and Tainui descent and is a graduate of both Lincoln and Massey Universities, Bachelor in Parks & Recreation Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. Doug works for Beef + Lamb NZ and manages all Human Capability Development Programmes for the sheep and beef sector. These include farmer managerial programmes, leadership development, scholarships and career, as well as the curriculum programmes in schools. Prior to this Doug was the Training Solutions Manager for PrimaryITO’s Te Kauta unit. He also has extensive experience and expertise in forestry training and Māori customary fishing.