Conditions of Entry

2025 Ahuwhenua Trophy Sheep and Beef Competition - Conditions of Entry

Conditions of Entry

This competition is for Māori sheep and beef farming businesses, where the entrant is clearly able to demonstrate they are in the majority decision making position relating to that sheep and beef farming operation.

It is expected that Māori sheep and beef farm Owners, Partnerships, Trusts, Incorporations, Lessees, will meet these criteria, as well as some equity partnership operators where Māori hold a majority equity and decision-making position in that particular sheep and beef farming business.

Entrants must be able to provide stand-alone accounts for the sheep and beef enterprise. This is to cover the situation where the entrant may run a number of associated farming enterprises which may be amalgamated under an overall set of accounts. Entries of more than one property owned by an entity will be permitted provided the foregoing criteria are met; allowance for this will be taken into account by the judges. Benchmarking analysis based on the B+LNZ Economic Service approach will be undertaken and to support this all entrants must be able to provide financial accounts for the sheep and beef business entered in the competition for each of the last 3 years along with supporting physical information (cows, ha, milk solids, labour etc) for the same 3-year period. Entrants will receive a Benchmarking Form upon entering for our analyst to gather the relevant information.

Entrants must:

  • complete the Entry Form contained within this document.
  • complete the benchmarking form they receive when entering.
  • Provide their last 3 years of financial accounts 3 years of 2021/2022, 2022/2023 and 2023/2024. If those for 2023/2024 are not available at the time of entry please advise when they will be provided but meanwhile submit what is available

The competition is held on a national basis and up to three finalists will be selected to compete to determine the supreme winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Farming Award 2025.

The organisers reserve the right to alter the conditions of entry, judging arrangements and details of information for future competitions.


Entrants’ names and all information supplied will be treated as confidential by the organisers and all those engaged in analysis and judging and will not be passed on to any outside party. All entrants will receive a copy of the financial and physical analysis.


The Sheep and Beef competition is held every third year alternating with Dairy and Horticulture. Previous Ahuwhenua Trophy winners are required to stand down for the next succeeding competition. This applies to all farms owned by the winner. The organisers reserve the right to alter the conditions of entry, judging arrangements and details of information for future competitions.