More than 200 people turned out for the first of three field days in the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef. This was held at Omapere Rangihamama Trust farm near Kaikohe in the Far North.
The three finalists for the 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef were announced today at parliament by the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy. All three finalist farms are from the North Island.
- Omapere Rangihamama Trust (Kaikohe)
- RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station (Eketahuna)
- Pukepoto Farm Trust (Ongarue near Taumarunui).
The farm run by the Trust is situated just 2km northwest of the Far North township of Kaikohe and is regarded by its shareholders as a taonga tukuiho, gifted to them over time by their ancestors. Up until the 1950s the Omapere land had separate titles occupied by individual/whānau owners who used the land for food gardens and small dairy units.
Puketawa Station is a sheep and beef breeding unit located at Tiraumea about 45 minutes east of Pahiatua in the northern Wairarapa. The property consists of 1108ha (900 effective) and is mainly medium to steep hill country with some rolling contours.
This small farm trust, with just over a thousand owners, is situated near the tiny settlement of Ongarue about 20 minutes north of the central North Island town of Taumarunui. Pukepoto means little hill, but this is a misnomer because the farm is a typical hill country farm with high steep hills and gullies that drop down to feed the Ongarue and Ohura Rivers, and ultimately the Whanganui River.
Ahuwhenua Trophy Entries Open Māori sheep and beef farmers are being urged to enter the 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award. Entries for the competition are open and according to the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler, it offers a unique opportunity for individual Māori farmers, trusts and incorporations to get valuable professional feedback on their farming operations.