Harepaora Ngaheu - 2018 Winner

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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.

Harepaora 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.


Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer Judges

Aaron Hunt
Aaron Hunt is employed by Te Tumu Paeroa as their Rural Advisor where he oversees four dairy farms and a sheep and beef station. Aarons lives by the motto “If you’re not living on the edge then you are taking up too much room”.
He played a role in guiding Te Rua o Te Moko Limited to winning the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award 2014. He is also a director of the Farm Data Accreditation Limited and a judge for the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award. Aaron has been involved in the dairy industry from a young age relief milking for neighbours while at high school through to owning (in partnership) a 600 cow Sharemilking operation.
Aaron’s passion is agriculture and its future. His two main interests are finding the right balance between the Environment and the Economy plus supporting/encouraging young people into Agriculture.

Peter Little
Peter graduated from Lincoln College in 1966 with Dip Ag, and Dip VFM, and has been involved in the development and administration of Māori land ever since. He became the Fields Director of the Department of Māori Affairs in 1977 and was responsible for the Department’s Land Development and Rural Lending Programmes until restructuring in 1989. Since1990 Peter has spent various times as Private Secretary to different Ministers of Māori Affairs, and as Manager of Te Puni Kōkiri’s Land Management Unit, until retirement in June 2016.
Peter was involved in the development of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Competition, and has been a judge in 4 of the previous 6 competitions. He currently holds the position of Lead Judge for the 2018 Dairy Competition.

John Rutherford
I was brought up on a farm in the Manawatu, originally Sheep/Beef and later converting to Dairy. Like many young guys my father sent me off to get a trade, qualifying as a coachbuilder I was one of those that forgot to come home. I have managed manufacturing operations here and Australia before joining Allflex in 1993.
My passion is agriculture; joining Allflex gave me the chance to be entrenched in something I enjoy. All through my career I’ve taken particular focus in seeing young people succeed, the future of our industry relies on how well they grow.
With Allflex I’ve been involved at the ground floor in initiatives such as the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer, Future Beef NZ and the Allflex Beef Ambassador programs; having past recipients working alongside us gives me great satisfaction.  
A favourite quote “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.

Peter MacGregor - MNZM
Ngati Kahungunu; Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi; Ngati Raukawa; Maniapoto/Rereahu; Rangitane; Ngati Apa and Ngati Paoa. Former Manager Te Kauta Team of the Primary ITO; former Judge of the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for 8 years and held a number of positions in Housing, Employment and Training and Land Development in the former Department of Maori Affairs and the Iwi Transition Agency and Te Puni Kokiri. Currently employed by Ngati Pahauwera Development Trust as a Project Manager. He has been active in the promotion of the benefits of the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition and the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer competition.