Congratulations to Mangaroa Station, winner of the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming award.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have congratulated Mangaroa Station, which was presented with the award at a dinner in Whanganui last Friday.
Sheep farmers Bart and Nuku Hadfield and whanau (family) collectively farm approximately 37,000 stock units from Matawai to Ruakituri to the Wairarapa. They set themselves a goal to dock 10,000 lambs by 2016 and achieved that goal early in 2014 by docking 10,502, a target they managed to exceed due to the increased scanning performance of both ewes and hoggets. In both 2013 and 2014, Bart and Nuku won the Best Large Flock award in the New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.
“The owners of Mangaroa Station set a fantastic example to other Māori landowners of what can be achieved through ambition and hard work,” said Guy.
“They’ve created a successful family-run farm and sustainably developed their land for future generations.”
Minister Flavell said the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition is a great way to celebrate the significant contribution Māori make to New Zealand’s economy.
“These awards allow us to share Māori success stories and lift the profile of Māori agribusiness,” says Flavell.
The Ahuwhenua Trophy competition, which is now in its eighty second year, celebrates excellence in farming and the pursuit of innovation and new approaches by Māori farmers committed to tapping the full potential of their holdings.
“We congratulate Mangaroa Station and all the finalists for their commitment to lifting the profile of Māori agribusiness and growing New Zealand’s primary industries,” says Guy.