Prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition open to Maori Dairy farmers

MEDIA RELEASE 30 Septembre 2020

Entries are being called for the 2021 Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for the top Maori dairy farm. The competition is open to all individual Maori farmers and Maori entities such as Trusts and Incorporations who are involved in dairy farming.

Entry forms and full details about the competition are available here.

The prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition was first held in 1933 and is designed to showcase and celebrate excellence in Maori agriculture and horticulture. Over three years competitions are run for dairy, sheep and beef and horticulture; in 2021 the award recognises excellence in dairying.
The competition was initiated by the great Maori leader Sir Apirana Ngata and the Governor General at the time Lord Bledisloe who was a highly successful farmer in his own right. Their vision was to encourage and incentivise Maori famers improve their farming operation and for the winners of the competition to become role models for their peers.
Kingi Smiler, Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman says Maori farmers are pleased that Te Mana o te Wai is at the heart of the new freshwater reforms which is critical to improving the quality of our waterways and the practices that we follow as kaitiaki in managing our dairy operations. To create high value products that stand out in global markets, consumers expect farmers to be good stewards of their resources.
"By entering the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition, Maori have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the standards they set as kaitiaki and stewards of the land to the world" he says.
Entries close Friday 27th November 2020. The finalists will be announced at function at Parliament on Wednesday 24th February 2021 and the eventual winner will be announced at a special dinner in New Plymouth on Friday 14th May 2021.

Media can contact Peter Burke: 021 224 2183 / Photographs are free for use in relation to the competition. Visit or contact John Cowpland, Alphapix: 027 253 3464 /

Our thanks to our valued Ahuwhenua Trophy dairy sponsors:
Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for Primary Industries, Bank of New Zealand, Te Tumu Paeroa, DairyNZ, Fonterra, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, PGG Wrightson, Massey University, AgResearch, Allflex, BDO, Affco, Ecolab, FMG, Blue Wing Honda and Tohu Wine.
A big thanks also to sponsors of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award:
Te Puni Kōkiri, Primary ITO, Te Tumu Paeroa, Allflex and DairyNZ.