Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy announced Bay of Plenty shareholders, the Onuku Māori Lands Trust as the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Māori Excellence in Farming Award.
The Trust’s winning farm was its Boundary Road property, one of four farms it owns and operates. Boundary Road consists of a 72ha block near Lake Rotomahana, about 30 kilometres south of Rotorua, that milks 220 cows.
Fonterra’s General Manager Māori Strategy, Tiaki Hunia, says it’s always great to see our suppliers taking out these awards.
“I see Onuku as role models not just for Māori but for all farmers. They’ve really engrained long term intergeneration into their planning across their four farms and great leadership is shown in terms of governance and sustainability.”
The Ahuwhenua Trophy was established 85 years ago by Māori Leader, Sir Apirana Ngata and the Governor General at the time, Lord Bledisloe. It aims to encourage Māori farmers to improve their land and their overall farming practices with an emphasis on sustainability.