Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Winner 2018


The winner of this years Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is twenty six-year-old Harepaora Ngaheu from Te Teko in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Winner 2018Harepaora Ngaheu

The announcement was made by the Māori Trustee and Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa, Jamie Tuuta at an awards function in Christchurch run as part of the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori dairy farm. About 650 guests including the Governor General, Minister for Māori Development and the Associate Minister of Agriculture and other dignitaries were present at the function.

Harepaora Ngaheu was selected from two other finalists, Mathew Pooley, 25, who is the manager on Ngāi Tahu's Maungatere dairy farm near Oxford in Canterbury and twenty five year-old Cheyenne Wilson who is an assistant manager on Lochan Mor farm near Ashburton.
The winner Harepaora Ngaheu is a manager on a dairy farm near Te Teko but plans to go contract milking for the same farmer in the new season. Harepaora was a finalist in the 2016 competition. His iwi affiliation is Ngāti Awa and Te Whānau ā Apanui.

The Young Māori Farmer Award was first held in 2012 and is designed to recognised talented up-and-coming young Māori farmers. It is also designed 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 once again there was a good response for entrants for the awards. He says selecting a winner is never an easy task 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 Harepaora Ngaheu exemplifies all that is good about young Māori who are making successful careers in the primary sector. He says Harepaora has shown great commitment to his work and family as well as excellent leadership in the community.

"He will do a great job as a role model for other young Māori contemplating a career in the agri business sector. They need people like Harepaora who has not had an easy life but through determination and hard work has shown that it is possible to come through adversity and achieve at a high level. It is important that young Māori realise that every day there are new opportunities opening up for them as more land is brought into production and other land improved," he says.

Peter Little says the training undertaken by the finalists have helped them establish themselves in good jobsand provided an excellent platform for them to progress to senior positions within the dairy industry.

Media can contact Peter Burke: 021 224 2184 / peterb@actrix.co.nz.

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Our thanks to our valued Ahuwhenua Trophy sponsors: BNZ, DairyNZ, Te Tumu Paeroa, Te Puni Kōkiri, Fonterra, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, AgResearch, PGG Wrightson, AFFCO, Allflex, BDO, Landcorp, Pāmu Academy,Tohu Wine and WorkSafe.

A big thanks also to sponsors of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award: DairyNZ, Primary ITO, Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Tumu Paeroa and Allflex.