20 Nov 2020
Ahuwhenua Trophy and Awards

Along with 800 guests including the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, Iwi /Hapu leaders and Government representatives, Grant Utteridge (TelferYoung Rotorua) and John Stanley (TelferYoung Wellington) had the privilege of attending the Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards held in Rotorua on 20 November 2020. This historical trophy is the most prestigious award in Māori agriculture. This year was the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for Horticulture, and the Young Māori Grower Award.

This trophy was originally launched in 1933 by the visionary Māori leader Sir Apirana Ngata and the Governor of the time Lord Bledisoe. It celebrates business excellence in pastoral and horticultural sectors. The competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef, and now horticulture.

The 2020 winner of the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award was Te Kaha 15B Hineroa Orchard, located at Te Kaha in the eastern Bay of Plenty. They had an amazing story which is detailed in the Link below with further information about them and other exemplary businesses involved in Māori horticulture.

Ahuwhenua Trophy and Awards

All the finalists had a great story to share, but in summary they all celebrated their connections to the Whenua, the priority given to supporting Whānau/Hapu and a Māori value based Kaupapa, to operate as sustainably as possible. And certainly, in one case, 700 years of occupation of the same Whenua demonstrates a long-term intergenerational view of investment, especially in Māori agribusinesses.

The TelferYoung representatives were invited by Reece Oti Moors (Ngāti Mahuta-Tainui, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue-Te Arawa) Manager Programme Office and Strategic Relationships at the Callaghan Innovation, Wellington. Reece is supporting and guiding the intentional steps Telfer Young Group has embarked on with the launch of a Māori Focus Group and promotion of the Spirit of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

For for information, visit the Ahuwhenua Trophy website or see the TelferYoung Capability Statement

From the opening remarks from the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson:

Te toto o te tangata, he Kai; Te orange o te tangata, he whenua

The blood of a person is from food; The sustenance of a person is from the land