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

Massey University to Sponsor Ahuwhenua Trophy

MEDIA RELEASE - 17 October 2017


Massey University Vice Chancellor, Professsor Jan Thomas says the signing of an agreement to be a sponsor the Ahuwhenua Trophy is symbol of the emphasis that her university is placing on Māori.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ray Geor, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Mr Kingi Smiler signing the sponsorship agreement

Massey University has signed up to be a Silver Sponsor of the prestigious award which is now in its 86th year. The competition alternates between dairy and sheep and beef and the next competition in 2018 is for dairy.

Professor Thomas says Massey University has now strategically declared that it is a Treaty of Waitangi led organisation which she says is in the interests of the University and of Aotearoa New Zealand.

“We want to lead in that future and contribute to New Zealand as best as we can as a university. So in everything we do, in every rock we lift up, in every policy that we examine, in every strategy we have, we will be looking at it through a Māori lens,” she says.

Professor Thomas says it is great to sign the sponsorship with Ahuwhenua and says she hopes that there will be other projects that come up which the Ahuwhenua team and Massey University can work on collaboratively for the benefit of Māori. “It is a sweet spot for Massey University that aligns with our strategy,” she says.

Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler says it is a privilege to be associated with Massey University. He says Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe who inaugurated the trophy in 1932 were men with strong and successful interests in agriculture. Kingi says Lord Bledisloe had a background in science and technology and during his time in New Zealand he gave many speeches to students at universities on agri business.

“The vision for Massey University as articulated by Professor Thomas fits absolutely with the vision and values of Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe,” he says. Kingi Smiler says it is great to have Massey University as a member of the Ahuwhenua Trophy whānau and says he looks forward to working with Professor Thomas and her staff at the University.

The finalists in the 2018 competition will be announced in February and the final awards function will be held in Christchurch on Friday 25 May 2018.


Entries for the competition close on the 24th of November. Entry forms and other details are available here. Media can 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, DairyNZ, Te Tumu Paeroa, Te Puni Kōkiri, Fonterra, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, AgResearch, PGG Wrightson, Massey University, AFFCO, Allflex, BDO, Landcorp, Tohu Wine and WorkSafe.