[30 May/Stuff]

A small, yet productive dairy farm owned by Onuku Maori Lands Trust won the Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori excellence in dairy farming, The announcement was made by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in Christchurch. The farm milks 220 cows, producing about 90,000kg of milksolids. Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman, Kingi Smiler, said finalists set high standards in their farming and governance of operations. The Onuku trust said the award was a credit not only to the trustees, management and farm advisor, but also to those who had faithfully been a kaitiaki of the lands till now. The winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer Award was Harepaora Ngaheu from Te Teko in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. He plans to go contract milking for the same farmer in the new season. The award was first held in 2012 and designed to recognise talented young Maori farmers.