2017 Media Releases

Far North Farms Wins Ahuwhenua Trophy

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Winner

Another successful field day - Pukepoto Farm Trust

Great Ahuwhenua Trophy field day - Puketawa Station

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Finalists

Great Ahuwhenua Trophy field day - Omapere Rangihamama Trust

2017 Finalists Announcement

Omapere Rangihamama Trust

RA & JG King Partnership - Puketawa Station

Pukepoto Farm Trust

Ahuwhenua Trophy Entries Open

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Winner

27 May 2017

The winner of the 2017 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is Jordan Biddle, 21, Ngāti Pahauwera, who is a shepherd on Pihanui Station, south of Wairoa, owned by Ngāti Pahauwera.

The announcement was made by Jamie Tuuta, Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards dinner in Whangarei last night. More than 700 guests including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Māori Development, other parliamentarians and representatives of the Māori King were in attendance.

The other two finalists in the competition were 21 year old Dylan Ruki-Fowlie, Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi, who works as a General Shepherd on Tawanui Station, south of Raetihi; and Hemoata Kopa, also 21, of Ngāpuhi (Matawaia) who works as a General Shepherd on Pukemiro Station just out of Dannevirke.

The Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award was first held in 2012 and is designed to recognise talented up-and-coming young Māori farmers. It is also intended to encourage young Māori to make farming a career choice and to showcase to prospective employers, the talent pool that exists within Māori.

Since its inception, the event has created interest within and outside Māoridom and has given finalists and winners a huge sense of pride and achievement. All have gone on to greater things since winning this event.

Lead Judge, Peter Little, says it is never an easy task to select a winner from three finalists given the pool of young Māori, who in a short space of time are making great progress in their careers in agriculture. Peter Little says Jordon Biddle exemplified all that is good about young Māori who are making successful careers in the primary sector. He says Jordon has shown great commitment to his work, excellent leadership and will do a great job as a role model for other young Māori contemplating a career in the agribusiness sector.

Peter Little says every day there are new opportunities opening up for young Māori as new land is brought into production and other land improved. He says the training undertaken by the finalists has helped them establish themselves in good jobs and provided an excellent platform from which they can progress to senior positions within the industry.

For more information contact Peter Burke: 021 224 2184 / peterb@actrix.co.nz.

Photographs are free for use in relation to the competition. Visit www.bit.ly/ahuwhenuatrophy or contact John Cowpland, Alphapix: 027 253 3464 / info@alphapix.co.nz.

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, 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.