Open day at award finalist Pakihiroa

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(Source | Gisborne Herald)

PAKIHIROA Farms, a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Maori Excellence in Farming Award for 2011, is holding an open day this week.

Visitors have a rare opportunity to see over the 3140ha property, including the Ngati Porou ancestral mountain Hikurangi, and its boundaries.

The field day will be on Thursday, with everyone meeting at Mangahanea Marae, Tuparoa Road, Ruatoria at 8.45am.

The farm tour will require visitors to bring sensible shoes leave the stilettos at home and their own helmet to wear while travelling by ATV.

Te Runanga o Ngati Porou bought the property back from the Williams family in 1985 and the farm is now run as a limited liability company.

Pakihiroa has 10,700 stock units on 1356 grazing hectares, as well as 210 hectares of pine forest fenced and planted to protect waterways, and 115 hectares eucalyptus planted to store carbon.

The farm has implemented an effective erosion control strategy and its plantings are a major part of land retention with erosion such a major problem on the East Coast.

Pakihiroa includes the foothills of Mount Hikurangi being also the official access point to the mountain for trampers.

The supreme award winner and recipient of the Ahuwhenua Trophy will be announced at a Gala Awards dinner in Rotorua on Friday June 3.

As well as the historic Ahuwhenua Cup, this years winner will receive a replica of the trophy, a medal based on a 1932 design and up to $40,000 in cash and farm-related products and services.

Each finalist will receive a medal and $15,000 in cash and farm-related equipment.

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