2021 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Dairy Farmer Judges

Aaron Hunt

Aaron Hunt has been selected by Te Tumu Paeroa to be their judging representative for this exciting competition. Aaron has been involved in the dairy industry for many years, starting at 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 around New Zealand's primary sector and its future. He played a role in guiding Te Rua o Te Moko Limited to winning the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award in 2014. His two main interests are finding the right balance between the environment and the economy and supporting and encouraging young people into the exciting opportunities in this space. Aaron lives by the motto "If you're not living on the edge then you are taking up too much room".

Matiu Julian

Matiu (Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga) was brought up in Taranaki amongst his Nga Ruahine and Ngati Ruanui whanau. He has had an extensive career in education with many roles in teaching, management and senior leadership. Matiu has also spent eight years in the Māori NGO Health sector before moving to Wellington to begin a career in the public sector. Matiu has held National roles for the Alcohol Advisory Council, the Ministry of Education and joined the Primary ITO as the National Māori Manager in May 2018. Matiu has always focussed on brining the best out of people to realise their unique gifts to develop and value.

Mauri Tu Mauri Ora.

Trevor Ward

Allflex Monitoring Specialist – was raised on a dairy farm in Takaka, Golden Bay, and is no stranger to the dairy industry or a game of golf. Having been working in the industry for many years and understands the dairy season well. Trevor is well established and an expert in his field and an asset to the Allflex team. As a novice judge Trevor is looking forward to being part of the experienced judging panel and travelling, learning and meeting the finalists.