Apr 22, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

New competition for young Maori working in Ag (now open)

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Applications for new Young Maori Trainee/Cadet Award now open

A new competition for young Maori working in agriculture has been introduced as part of the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award in 2012. The inaugural 2012 Award is for the Young Maori Dairy Trainee/Cadet of the Year.

AgITOs Strategic Relations Manager, Peter MacGregor, is encouraging talented young Maori working in the dairy industry to enter the competition. He says young people of Maori descent working on farms throughout the country are eligible to enter and interest has already been strong.

The award was created to recognise the achievements of young Maori in farming and to promote and profile farming as a career of choice and of the future, Peter says. In my role as a judge of the Ahuwhenua Trophy I have observed the passion our young people have for their career and their commitment to growing the productivity of the farm and the sustainable maintenance of the whenua. This award will help to raise the profile of Ma?ori in farming in this country.

The award was announced at the Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards ceremony on Friday 3 June this year by the Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples and has been developed with the support of the Maori Trustee, AgITO, and Te Puni Kokiri. The Award is primarily resourced by the Maori Soldiers Fund administered by the Maori Trustee.

Entrants must be between 16 and 25 years old as at 31 December 2011, currently employed on a dairy farm, of Maori descent (they must provide confirmation of whakapapa signed off by a Kaumatua) and currently enrolled in or have completed within the last year a National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) or higher.

The new award aims to encourage young Maori into leadership roles, encourage personal development and growth and recognise outstanding achievement and excellence in Maori farming. The winner of the first Young Maori Trainee/Cadet Award will be announced at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards ceremony on 8 June next year.

Entry is also open to the 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Competition, Peter says. This year its the turn of Maori Dairy farmers to accept the challenge and test themselves against some of the best dairy farmers in Aotearoa.

Applications for the Young Maori Trainee/Cadet award are open until 29 February 2012. For more information and to download an application form, please visit http://www.ahuwhenuatrophy.Maori.nz or see www.agito.ac.nz.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy is the premier award for Maori in agriculture. It acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in the New Zealand pastoral sector and is open to Maori farming properties either owned individually, or managed by Maori Trusts and Incorporations in New Zealand. Entries for the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition close on 27 January, 2012.

BNZ is the Platinum Sponsor for the Award. Gold sponsors are Fonterra, Dairy NZ and Te Puni Kokiri. Silver sponsors are AgResearch, AgITO, PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Bronze sponsors are Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Allflex, AFFCO, BDO, Maori Trustee, LIC and Re:Gen. Sponsor support will also be supplied by Tohu Wines, Landcorp, Agrecovery and Ecolab.

About AgITO

Agriculture ITO (AgITO) provides leadership in education and training, develops national qualifications, maintains national standards and provides on-going support for their trainees and employers. AgITO training is subsidised by industry and Government. For more information on our qualifications, please visit www.agito.ac.nz.

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