09.1.12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Judges Of The 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy- BNZ Māori Excellence In Farming Dairy Competition Named
The judges for this year’s prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy - BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Dairy competition have been
The finals judges are Doug Leeder (Chief Judge), Stephen Veitch (BNZ), Tafi Manjala (DairyNZ), Paul Klee (Fonterra). (BIO’s
The first round judges are Peter MacGregor (Independent), Paul Radich (Fonterra), Paul Bird (DairyNZ):, Duncan Matthews
The Chief Judge, Doug Leeder, is encouraging more Māori landowners to put their businesses on the line and reap the
rewards which include great feedback, supported by free entry to DairyBase and DairyNZ on-farm analysis.
“The Ahuwhenua Trophy - BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Dairy competition is a great way of growing your business,” he
‘With entries closing on Friday, 27 January 2012 there is still time to enter, so get hold of an entry form and send it
off – there’s all to gain and nothing to lose.”
A long-time Bay of Plenty dairy farmer and former Chair of the “industry good” organisation, Dairy InSight, Doug Leeder
has a strong interest in supporting sound governance practice within the sector. He has been Chief Judge of the
Ahuwhenua Dairy competition since 2006.
There are two judging rounds in Ahuwhenua Trophy - BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Dairy competition. First round judges
will assess all entrant farms before the three finalists are chosen, and later assessed, by the finals judges.
Entrants will be tested on a range of factors based on the efficiency with which the property is farmed relative to its
potential. These include effective governance and management, attention to environmental excellence and recognition of
nga tikanga Maori (cultural practices) relevant to a farm business enterprise.
Entry forms are available from all offices of Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori Trustee or from Joan Nathu, Nathu 04 803 2851
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial judging for the competition will take place in March 2012. Field days will be held on the properties of the
three finalists in April and May and the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Dairy
Competition will be announced at a Gala Awards dinner to be held at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre on 8 June
2012.Tickets for this event are available from Joan Nathu 04 803 2851 or email: email@example.com
The Ahuwhenua Trophy is the premier award for Māori in agriculture. It acknowledges and celebrates business excellence
in the New Zealand pastoral sector and is open to Māori farming properties either owned individually, or managed by
Māori Trusts and Incorporations in New Zealand.
Each year it alternates between beef and sheep farms and dairy farms. This is the fourth year since the competition was
revived in 2003 that entrants will compete for the Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori dairy farming.
BNZ is the Platinum Sponsor for the Award. Gold sponsors are Fonterra, DairyNZ and Te Puni Kokiri. Silver sponsors are AgResearch, AgITO, PGG Wrightson and
Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Bronze sponsors are Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Allflex, AFFCO, BDO, Māori Trustee,
LIC , Re:Gen and Polaris. Sponsor support will also be supplied by Tohu Wines, FOMA, Landcorp, Agrecovery and Ecolab.