Te Tohu o Ahuwhenua

The Ahuwhenua Trophy celebrates excellence in Māori farming. Te Puni Kōkiri is the proud platinum sponsor of this prestigious award which was established by Sir Apirana Ngata and Governor-General Lord Bledisloe in 1933.

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud of its commitment to whenua initiatives, celebrating exemplary Māori farming through the Ahuwhenua Trophy Award, and enabling and supporting Māori freehold landowners through its recently established Whenua Māori Programme.

Ahuwhenua Field day at Kiriroa station, 2019. Photo credit: Josie McClutchie


Ahuwhenua Trophy 2019 finalists

The finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm are:

Whangara Farms situated 35 km north of Gisborne; 
Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Gwavas Station at Tikokino 50 km west of Hastings; and
Kiriroa Station – Eugene & Pania King at Motu, 70 km north west of Gisborne.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists have taken Māori farming to a new level of excellence and are rightly acknowledged by being in the final of this prestigious competition. 

Whangara Farms

The first of the three finalist's Field Days was held at Whāngārā, just north of Gisborne. Ngāti Konohi and Whangara Farms did an outstanding job of hosting the multitudes and sharing their story. Whangara Farms is a partnership between three Māori land incorporations that are united by their shared whakapapa to Ngāti Konohi. Photos by Josie McClutchie.

Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – Gwavas Station

Trustees, farmers, sponsors and whānau gathered at the Gwavas Station field day to support Ahuwhenua Trophy finalist, Te Awahohonu Forest Trust. At the pinnacle of their farming operations, the Trust demonstrated farming excellence, innovative farming practices and kaitiakitanga. Photos by Josie McClutchie.

Kiriroa Station

The final field day in this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy was held at Kiriroa Station, just west of Gisborne. With hard work, whānau support and a passion for the whenua, Eugene and Pania King of Kiriroa Station are rightly acknowledged as finalists of the prestigious competition. Photos by Josie McClutchie.


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