A fast-growing Taupo dairy business has won the 2010 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming.
Waipapa 9 Trust runs 3000 cows on three blocks, as well as forestry, sheep and beef operations, on behalf of 1200 Raukawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa shareholders.
Chief judge Doug Leeder says the three finalists were of an exceptionally high standard, and the final choice came down to the quality of governance and vision.
Mr Leeder told Waatea News that the benefits of the competition come not just from the $40,000 in prizes but the advice and mentoring given during the judging process.
Next year the trophy will be given for sheep and beef operations