27 Mar 2013

Independent opinion on farms essential - award finalist

7:11 pm on 27 March 2013

One of the finalists in this year's Maori farming awards says it's not about winning prizes, but getting independent opinion on how the farms are running.

The finalists are Te Uranga B2 Incorporation-Upoko B2 north east of Taumarunui, Te Awahohonu Forest Trust at Tarawera Station, northwest of Napier, and Te Hape B Trust in the northern King Country.

The Ahuwhenua Trophy Maori Excellence in Farming Award has been running for 80 years.

Te Hape B Trust has 11,000 hectares of land and about 120,000 sheep and beef cattle.

Its chair Hardie Peni says the trust is looking forward to the judges feedback on the farms, in relation to their processes and the strategic focus of their operations.