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 - Puketawa Station

4 May 2017

There was a turnout of more than 150 people for the second of three field days in the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef. This was held on Thursday 27 April 2017 at Puketawa Station owned by Ronald and Justine (Buzz) King near Eketahuna in the Northern Wairarapa.

The couple bought the 1,108 hectare (917 effective) sheep and beef property in 2013 and since then have progressively upgraded the farm infrastructure, and improved the pastures and the genetics of their stock. The farm is running 4,369 sheep which includes 2,585 mixed age ewes and 845 two tooths. Cattle numbers stand at 1,740.

The Kings were able to buy the farm as a result of Ronald and his three siblings who are all accomplished shearers, pooling their financial resources in 2001 and buying Mangaroa Station near Wairoa. As a result of upgrading this farm, working hard and saving money, all now own their own farms.

Ronald's sister Nukuhia and her husband Bart Hadfield who now own Mangaroa Station, won the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top sheep and beef farm in 2015.

The judges who selected Ronald and Buzz as finalists praised their clear vision, their commitment to repay debt, and for their business which is primarily focused on increasing stock units via productivity improvements. They also noted the strong supportive whanau and the couples own commitment to the local community. The Kings run the farm themselves with the help of Ron Falconer who is Buzz's father and who lives on the property with them.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler says the strong whanau vision is impressive. So too he says is their discipline in managing their finances, focusing on doing the basics well and their commitment to continuous improvement. He says the Kings are constantly monitoring their performance against the long term vision which will reap benefits for not only them but for future generations.

Kingi Smiler says farming is not just about profit, it is about caring for the land and the people of the land. He says their work ethic and the work ethic of their whole whanau is what impressed those who came a long way to attend the field day.

Field days like this, says Kingi Smiler help instill pride in their local community and give visitors ideas and thoughts about how they might manage their own operations.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.