Tarawera Station, winner of the Maori excellence in sheep and beef farming title, says it's proud to have received the title, but there's still room for improvement.
The winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy was announced on Friday night.
Te Awahohonu Forest Trust's Tarawera Station, which is 60 kms northwest of Napier edged out two other finalists.
They were Upoko B2 near Taumarunui and Te Hape Station situated in rolling country west of Mount Pureora in northern King Country.
Te Awahohonu Forest Trustee Bob Cottrell says it entered the competition as an auditing exercise to examine its operational performance.
Mr Cottrell says it wants to identify areas which need improving so it can further develop its operation.