22 March 2017
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. They are:
- Omapere Rangihamama Trust (Kaikohe)
- RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station (Eketahuna)
- Pukepoto Farm Trust (Ongarue near Taumarunui).
The Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management committee, Kingi Smiler says it is great to once again see three top quality sheep and beef farms selected as finalists for this prestigious trophy. All are performing very well in some of the most challenging times the New Zealand primary sector has encountered with volatile global markets and low prices together with a need to adapt to climate change. The people who run these operations are positive and confident about their future and are taking an approach that Sir Apirana Ngata, who inaugurated the competition would have wished.
He says in difficult times it is important that leaders emerge and show the way for others. Kingi Smiler says more than ever role models are needed in the Māori agribusiness space.
“There is something very special about our people in that they look for practical innovative ways to get through adversity and don’t retreat into their shells and do nothing. They know that farming is about managing cycles, be they weather or market and they take account of this when drawing up their business plans. New Zealand is fortunate to have Māori farmers because it is in their DNA as kaitiaki to manage the fragile environment and invest for future generations. This spiritual closeness to the land is vital in a modern society where consumers not only want food, they want assurance that it is done sustainably and ethically.” he says.
Kingi Smiler says Māori agribusiness is in very good shape. He says the Ahuwhenua Trophy has been a major factor in lifting the profile and showcasing Māori agribusinesses contribution to the New Zealand economy.
Following the announcement of the finalists at parliament, field days will take place at each of the farms.
Thursday 20th April – Omapere Rangihamama Trust (Kaikohe, Far North)
Thursday 27th April – RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station (Eketahuna, Northern Wairarapa)
Thursday 4th May – Pukepoto Farm Trust (Ongarue, near Taumarunui).
The winner of the Award will be announced at a function in Whangarei on Friday 26th May. For further information contact Peter Burke, 021 224 2184 or email@example.com.
Our thanks to our valued Ahuwhenua Trophy sponsors: BNZ, B+LNZ, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Tumu Paeroa, AgResearch, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, PGG Wrightson, Primary ITO, AFFCO, Allflex, BDO, Federation of Māori Authorities, Landcorp, Tohu Wine and WorkSafe.
A big thanks also to sponsors of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award:
Primary ITO, Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Tumu Paeroa and Allflex.
Media are very welcome to attend the field days and awards dinner. The field days will be held on farm and include presentations of the overall business and in- the-field discussions about current on-farm management of the respective properties followed by lunch.