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Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition open to Māori sheep and beef farmers

Entries are being called for the 2022 Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for the top Māori sheep and beef farms. 

The prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition was first held in 1933 and is designed to showcase and celebrate excellence in Māori agriculture and horticulture. Over three years competitions are run for dairy, sheep and beef and horticulture; in 2022 the award recognises excellence in sheep and beef farming.

Nuku Hadfield, Chair of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee says it offers a unique opportunity for individual Māori farmers, trusts and incorporations to showcase their excellent farming enterprises to both Māori and the wider farming sector.

Speaking at the Red Meat Sector Conference where the 2022 competition was officially launched, Nuku Hadfield noted that Māori contribute more than 15% of red meat exports and have done much to expand and develop their farming operations both in terms of sustainability and profitability.

“Previous participants in the competition have said it was an invaluable exercise, and through the judging process they gained feedback that they otherwise wouldn’t have got. The time and effort in entering the Ahuwhenua Trophy is more than made up for by the benefits that can accrue – including becoming a finalist and winning the award,” she says.

To mark the official launch of the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for sheep and beef, the Ahuwhenua Trophy was welcomed and displayed at the at Red Meat Sector Conference dinner attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor and close to 200 delegates.

Entries close on Friday 10 December and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 27 May 2022, in Hawke’s Bay.

Further details about the 2022 competition will be on the Ahuwhenua Trophy website in the next few weeks, visit

Te Tumu Paeroa is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Ahuwhenua Trophy. We’re passionate about supporting the development of whenua Māori and the inspirational Māori leading innovation in the agribusiness sector.

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