AHUWHENUA TROPHY COMPETITION JUDGES ANNOUNCED
The Ahuwhenua Trophy competition judging team is known throughout the agricultural sector for the high standards they demand of all entrants. They play a vital role in selecting finalists and providing entrants with detailed and high-quality feedback. These industry experts give freely of their skills, knowledge and time to ensure all competitors get the most out of the Ahuwhenua Trophy experience.
There are two judging panels. The First Round Judges are a five-member panel who visit all entrants’ properties to choose the three finalists. The four-member panel of Finalist Judges then have the challenging task of picking the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy.
The Ahuwhenuna Trophy Management Committee and competition organisers greatly appreciate the support of those sponsors who have made these top-class agribusiness experts available.
Lead Judge Chad Hoggard has worked with BNZ as an Agribusiness Partner for nearly 8 years, firstly in Tauranga and then in Rotorua. He has been BNZ’s Senior Partner for Rotorua and Whakatane for 18 months, managing an 18 strong team of bankers and support staff. Chad, who has a farming background, has a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Valuation and Farm Management from Massey University and has worked has a fertiliser consultant. He is currently a shareholder and director of a Manawatu based farming company.
Peter MacGregor (Ngāti Kahungunu; Atihaunui a Pāpārangi; Ngāti Raukawa; Maniapoto, Rangitane, Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Paoa) is AgITO’s Strategic Relationships Manager. He has been energetically promoting the benefits of the reinvigorated competition at Field Days and to farm workers and employers since AgITO became a bronze sponsor in 2005. Peter has previously held a variety of positions in the Housing, Education and Training and Land Development divisions of the former Department of Māori Affairs and several other positions with Te Puni Kōkiri.
As Beef+Lamb New Zealand’s Uptake Manager, Gary Walton has spent the last two years developing and delivering extension programmes such as the Demonstration Farm Project, Farming for Profit and the Profit Partnership. He has been heavily involved with building tools and service for farmers such as the lambing calculator and on farm workshops like Feedsmart and Farming the Wild Weather. Gary has worked with Beef + Lamb New Zealand and its predecessors, in a variety of roles, mainly in the Northern South Island Regional Manager of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service. Based in Christchurch, Gary has a strong background in farm management and analysis, and has been a registered farm management consultant for over 20 years.
Peter Ettema has worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and its predecessors since 2005. His current role is as an acting manager for a five person team within the Sector Policy Directorate at MPI. Peter has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Masters of Environmental Management. He has worked in the agricultural sector both in New Zealand and overseas as well as maintaining strong rural links through previous roles at the Department of Conservation and as the Wellington representative for the QEII National Trust.
For further information please contact Pamela Fleming 0274 575677