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Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award Winner

27 May 2017

The winner of the 2017 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award is Jordan Biddle, 21, Ngāti Pahauwera, who is a shepherd on Pihanui Station, south of Wairoa, owned by Ngāti Pahauwera.

The announcement was made by Jamie Tuuta, Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards dinner in Whangarei last night. More than 700 guests including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Māori Development, other parliamentarians and representatives of the Māori King were in attendance.

The other two finalists in the competition were 21 year old Dylan Ruki-Fowlie, Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi, who works as a General Shepherd on Tawanui Station, south of Raetihi; and Hemoata Kopa, also 21, of Ngāpuhi (Matawaia) who works as a General Shepherd on Pukemiro Station just out of Dannevirke.

The Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award was first held in 2012 and is designed to recognise talented up-and-coming young Māori farmers. It is also intended 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 it is never an easy task to select a winner from three finalists 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 Jordon Biddle exemplified all that is good about young Māori who are making successful careers in the primary sector. He says Jordon has shown great commitment to his work, excellent leadership and will do a great job as a role model for other young Māori contemplating a career in the agribusiness sector.

Peter Little says every day there are new opportunities opening up for young Māori as new land is brought into production and other land improved. He says the training undertaken by the finalists has helped them establish themselves in good jobs and provided an excellent platform from which they can progress to senior positions within the industry.

Profile: Jordan Biddle

Twenty one year old Jordan Biddle, of Ngāti Pahauwera descent, is employed as a Shepherd on Pihanui Station south of Wairoa. The 2000 hectare (1200 ha effective) hill country farm is owned by Ngāti Pahauwera and mainly a breeding block but also does some finishing. They run 500 Angus cows and 2300 FE tolerant ewes that have just been brought in along with 2200 Romdale breeding ewes.

Jordan is completing his qualifications through the ITO and this together with his own passion for farming has enabled him to take on extra responsibilities. For example, he stepped into a management role on the farm for eight months until a new farm manager was appointed.

When he was at school Jordan had little inkling that he would make farming his career choice. But this occurred when he started working part time on farms when he was just fifteen, doing odd jobs such as fencing. The breakthrough came two years later when he was offered a permanent role at Waitaha Station in northern Hawke's Bay. Two years later he moved to his present role at Pihanui Station.

He was born in Raupunga where his father worked in the forestry industry and this shaped his love of the outdoors and ultimately a career in farming. As part of his current role he is helping Tana a junior shepherd on the farm, to develop his all round farming skills such as fencing, pasture management and stockmanship.

This is something that Jordan likes and says he is working hard to get other young people in the area interested in farming because it is such a good industry. Jordan loves the farming life – especially the horse and dog work. He owns three horses, six working dogs and two pig dogs and as you might expect he likes to go hunting. He also plays rugby and enjoys fishing and diving.

He admits that he was persuaded to enter the AMF awards and says so far, it's been a great and enjoyable experience.


For further information contact Peter Burke, 021 224 2184 email peterb@actrix.co.nz