November 06, 2012
Ahuwhenua awards improving Māori farming
The hunt is on to find the best Māori sheep and beef farm of 2013 – and the best cadet.
Entries have opened for the Ahuwhenua Trophy, the award for Māori farming excellence set up by Sir Apirana Ngata 80 years ago.
Project coordinator Alan Fraser says since it was relaunched in 2003 the competition has led to an increase in quality in Māori farming, with up to 500 people attending the field days on the finalists' farms to learn what is being done.
The judging criteria has also evolved. While there is still a focus on governance, environmental sustainability has able become important.
The competition is open to Māori farming properties either owned individually, or managed by Māori Trusts and Incorporations.
This year's awards ceremony is in Taradale on 7th of June.
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