April 26, 2017
Shepherds grab Ahuwhenua opportunity
Three 21-year-old shepherds will be put to the test over the next month to discover this year’s Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer.
Dylan Ruki-Fowlie of Te Atihaunui a Paparangi started last year on the Atihau Whanganui Incorporation’s Tawanui Station south of Raetihi, after trying his hand at an Auckland steel mill and deciding he’d rather work on the land.
Jordan Biddle of Ngati Pahauwera works on his iwi’s Pihanui Station south of Wairoa.
He started working on farms part time when he was 15, and he now owns three horses, six working dogs and two pig dogs,
Hemoata Kopa of Ngapuhi is having a second go at the award.
She started helping her grandfather farm a small block near Matawaia in Northland, before coming to the Hawke’s Bay to attend Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and getting her current job at Pukemiro Station near Dannevirke.
Lead judge Peter Little says the training undertaken by the finalists helped them find good jobs and provides an excellent platform for them to progress to senior positions in the industry.
The awards will be presented in Whangarei on May 26.
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