Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

The three finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm were announced last week and all vary significantly in ownership structure and scale.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Whangara Farms (pictured above), 35kms from Gisborne, is a partnership of three Maori Incorporations- covering 8,500ha (6,900ha).

While Te Awahohonu Forest Trust-Gwavas Station (pictured below) is 50km west of Hastings and is administered by a Trust formed in 1971. The Trust purchased the 1000ha Gwavas Station in 2011 and lease a further 178ha to provide an effective farming area of 989ha.

The third finalist is the 483ha (357ha effective) Kiriroa Station which is farmed by Eugene and Pania King. The couple bought the property in 2013.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is proud to sponsor the Ahuwhenua Trophy and the organisation’s Sector Capability Manager Doug Macredie says these farms are all outstanding examples of the evolution of Māori agribusiness over the past 20 years.

“These are classic examples of rangitiratanga being displayed by individual owners and Trusts who are all striving for productivity and efficiencies underpinned by strong social and environmental values.”

Doug says Māori agribusiness has evolved in the recent decades from over-influence by external agencies, to autonomy and manamotuhake of Māori Governance and management.

This has seen the emergence of strong, profitable businesses (often under strong governance structures), focused on farming excellence in perpetuity, environmental leadership and wide-reaching social objectives for descendants.

He says there is a clear and strong alignment between the Ahuwhenua Trophy’s values and B+LNZ’s support of farming, market place excellence, environmental enhancement, and building strong farming communities.

Field days will be held on the farms during April. Doug says these field days, which are part of the judging process, are open to the public.

“These field days are an opportunity for the entrants to showcase their properties and I would encourage anyone with an interest in farming, agribusiness, environmental management or farm governance to attend these days to see Māori agribusiness at its best.”

The Whangara field day is on Thursday 4 April, the field day at Te Awahohonu Trust-Gwavas Station will be held on Thursday 11 April while the King’s will host their field day on Kiriroa Station on Thursday April 18. All field days will start with a Powhiri at 9am and will finish at around 3.30pm.

For more information about the Ahuwhenua Trophy finalist field days go to: https://beeflambnz.com/events