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Comp open for Maori dairy

Posted at 10:41am Monday 12 Oct, 2020

Entries are open for the 2021 Ahuwhenua Trophy, which is awarded to the top Maori dairy farm.

The competition is open to individual Maori farmers and Maori entities, such as trusts and incorporations, that are involved in dairy farming.

The competition was first held in 1933 and is designed to celebrate excellence in Maori agriculture and horticulture. Competitions are run for dairy, sheep and beef, and horticulture. In 2021, the award recognises excellence in dairying.

The competition was initiated by Sir Apirana Ngata and Governor-General Lord Bledisloe, who was a highly successful farmer in his own right. Their vision was to encourage Maori farmers to improve their farming operations and for the winners of the competition to become role models for their peers.

Trophy management committee chairman Kingi Smiler says by entering the competition, Maori have the opportunity to celebrate the standards they set as kaitiaki (guardians) of the land to the world.

Entries close Friday, November 27. The finalists will be announced at a function at Parliament on Wednesday, February 24 next year.

Entry forms are available online, ahuwhenuatrophy.maori.nz/index.php

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