Onuku Māori Lands Trust from Rotorua is the winner of the 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for dairy.
The announcement was made by the Governor General, Her Excellency, The Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy, at a special awards function held in Christchurch recently. The function was attended by more 650 people including the Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta, the Associate Minister of Agriculture Hon Meka Whaitiri and other dignitaries representing te ao Māori, central and local government and agribusiness.
Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award
The winner of this year’s Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award was also announced, congratulations to 26 year-old Harepaora Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui) from the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Harepaora is a manager on a dairy farm near Te Teko and plans to go contract milking for the same farmer in the new season. He was selected from two other finalists, Mathew Pooley (Ngāi Tahu) and Cheyenne Wilson (Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Arawa).
Te Puni Kōkiri is a proud sponsor of both awards.
To find out more about the winners and finalists visit the Ahuwhenua Trophy website.