2023 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Horticulture

The finalists for this year’s trophy were announced at a special function at Parliament on 22 February

Ahuwhenua 2023 finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for this years’ Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori agribusiness – horticulture. 

  • Ngai Tukairangi Trust
  • MIL – Whiritoa Orchards
  • Wi Pere Trust

As tangata whenua and as one of two partners in te Tiriti o Waitangi, ownership of the natural resources that underpin much of the primary sector has a special significance for Māori. There has been rapid and significant change in the economic significance of Māori business and Māori ownership of the asset base in food and fibre industries.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy recognises outstanding Māori farming businesses that have demonstrated exceptional innovation, sustainability, engagement, and leadership in their field. 

“The objective was and still is to encourage Māori farmers to improve their land and their overall farming performance with an emphasis on sustainability.”  

Being committed to promoting sustainable practices and Māori workforce development and economic growth in Aotearoa, we are proud to celebrate the achievements of these exceptional farmers and growers. 

Muka Tangata Chair Erin Simpson (Te Atiawa, Taranaki) brings many years of experience in the sector to his role as Lead Judge for the 2023 Ahuwhenua Māori Young Grower award. We understand the importance of developing people to flourish in their work is important to the ongoing success of the sector - this award showcases talented young Māori farmers and horticulturalists and works to encourage other rangatahi to consider agri-business as a career.

We look forward to seeing the winner announced at the awards dinner held on 9 June.