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

Great Ahuwhenua Trophy field day - Omapere Rangihamama Trust

21 April 2017

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 902 hectare (effective) farm is a mixed sheep and beef property which is in the process of transitioning into a mainly bull beef rearing operation. The farm boarders Lake Omapere and since 2007, the present Trustees of the property have embarked on an extensive strategic plan to improve the farm. The judges who selected Omapere as one of the three finalists in the competition noted many positives including the clear strategy of the Trust, its contribution to education and its overall farm performance.
Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee says it was a great field day with a very good farm tour and some excellent and insightful presentations about the property and the goals of the Trust. He says attendees would have come away well informed and could not help but admire the passion and commitment to making the best out of some challenging country.

Like all Māori farms, Kingi Smiler says Omapere has a strong strategic and practical commitment to improving the environment of the property and this is benefiting their whānau and all other people in the district. He says Omapere is also doing a lot to encourage its young people to make a career in agribusiness by offering scholarships, again highlighting their intergenerational strategic thinking.

Field days like this says Kingi Smiler help instill pride in the local people and give visitors ideas and thoughts about how they might manage their own operations.
The next field day will be held on Thursday 27th April at Puketawa Station near Eketahuna in the Northern Wairarapa owned by Ron and Justine King. This will be followed by the final field day on Thursday 4th May at the Pukepoto Farm Trust at 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 / peterb@actrix.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.

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