This award was inaugurated in 2012 for young Māori working in the agricultural sector and/or undertaking training. The competition has proved to be very popular and has attracted high quality entrants. A new award for Horticulture was also introduced in 2020.
2021 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is for people who are currently working in the dairy industry or studying a dairy qualification and who have previously worked in the dairy industry. This Award offers a great learning experience and the opportunity to mix with the best in the industry. Employers/training providers are encouraged to support suitable employees/students by working with them to enter the Award.