Kristen and Dean Nikora hold aloft the Ahuwhenua trophy. The Nikoras own and farm Mangatewai, a 342-hectare dairy farm near Takapau, and won the award in 2008. Āpirana Ngata started the Māori Farmer of the Year awards in 1932. The two trophies – for dairy farming and sheep farming - were donated by Lord Bledisloe.
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