MEDIA RELEASE - 11 October 2016
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.
He says the judges of the competition are highly skilled professionals in the agribusiness sector and they have access to data which can benchmark individual operations. Kingi says all previous participants in the competition have said it was an invaluable exercise and they gained feedback that they otherwise wouldn’t have got. He says the time and effort in entering the Ahuwhenua Trophy is more than made up for by the benefits that can accrue – including becoming a finalist and winning the award.
He has also appealed to farm consultants and other rural professional who work for Māori farmers to encourage their clients to enter the competition.
Kingi says the Ahuwhenua Trophy is an iconic taonga and in the 83 years of its existence it has built up a rich cultural and spiritual history as well as being a symbol of excellence in farming. He says the entrants, finalists and winners of the trophy have all played a huge part in growing the legacy of Sir Apirana Ngata, the trophy, value of Māori agribusiness and giving a sense of pride to the people of the land.
Kingi Smiler says Māori farmers have a great story to tell their own people and all New Zealanders and entering the competition is a way of doing this.
Information about the competition, including the entry form, are Entries for the competition are available here.
Entries close on Friday 27th January 2017.
Please contact Communications Manager, Peter Burke (021 224 2184) for any further information.
Photographs are free for use in relation to the competition. Visit http://alphapix.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Ahuwhenua-Trophy-Maori-Excellence-inFarming/C0000YM7t8JH0JDA contact photographer John Cowpland (027 253 3464).
Our thanks to our valued Ahuwhenua Trophy sponsors: BNZ, B+LNZ, Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Puni Kōkiri, 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.