Ahuwhenua Trophy Winners Mataatua Rohe

Report
INTRODUCTION
Kingi Smiler
Chairman
Management Committee
Programme for Today
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Introduction – Kingi Smiler Peter Little
BOP Participation Peter MacGregor
Value from Participation – Previous entrants
Provision of Industry Expertise – Judges and Industry
Entering the Competition – Bob Cottrell
Making the Finals – Kingi Smiler
Young Maori Trainee/Cadet – Peter MacGregor
Concluding Remarks – Kingi Smiler
HISTORY
Peter Little
• Competition promoted by Sir Apirana Ngata
• Trophy presented by HIS EXCELLENCY the GovernorGeneral, LORD BLEDISLOE, December 1932
• For competition amongst Māori farmers and settlers
on Native Land Development Schemes
• First competition in 1933 was limited to farmers in the
Waiariki Māori Land District. First competition was
won by William Swinton of Raukokore
• Second and succeeding competitions open to farmers
in any Māori land district.
• In 1954, a second duplicate Trophy was donated to allow
the competition to be split into a Dairy Section, and a
Sheep and Cattle Section.
• The 1954 Sheep and Beef competition was won by Paul
Rahuruhi of Horohoro.
• There are many and varied stories about winners, the
Trophies themselves, the costs of participating, the
benefits of participating, the exhibition of excellence, the
pride and joy of being a winner, and in recent years, the
pride and joy of being a shareholder in a winning Trust or
Incorporation.
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A number of farmers have been successful more than
once:
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Mrs Steven, Okaihau / Rangiahua 1954 and 1959/60
Ted Tamati, Bell Block, Taranaki 1964/65 and 1970/71
Charlie Bailey, Waitara 1969/70 and 1976
Jack Karatau, Whangaehu 1967/68 and 1977
Jack Steedman, Tauranga 1958/59, 1963/64, and 1967/68
Rei Apatu, Hawke’s Bay 1968/69, 1972/73 and 1979
Waipapa 9 Trust, Dairy 2010, Sheep & Beef 2011.
A number of farmers have been successful more than
once:
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Mrs Steven, Okaihau / Rangiahua 1954 and 1959/60
Ted Tamati, Bell Block, Taranaki 1964/65 and 1970/71
Charlie Bailey, Waitara 1969/70 and 1976
Jack Karatau, Whangaehu 1967/68 and 1977
Jack Steedman, Tauranga 1958/59, 1963/64, and 1967/68
Rei Apatu, Hawke’s Bay 1968/69, 1972/73 and 1979
Waipapa 9 Trust, Dairy 2010, Sheep & Beef 2011.
• Changes to the competition have evolved over the years effectively in recess from the early 1980’s
• Today the Ahuwhenua Trophy is considered to be the premier
competition in the NZ Agribusiness sector.
• A very large Thank You needs to be acknowledged to Gina
Rudland and Wayne Walden , members of the (then) NZ Meat
Board, who pushed to re-establish the competition in its
current form, with the significant support from sponsors
• The modern era therefore starts with the Kapenga M Trust
winning the 2003 Sheep and Beef competition, and I’m sure
you all know the story from that point on
• We should also acknowledge the huge contribution of many
people who have voluntarily given so much time and advice to
keep the competition alive
Goals of the Award
Kingi Smiler
• To recognise excellence in Māori farming
• To encourage participation and ensure its sustainability
• To use the award to showcase achievements in the Māori
farming sector, in particular successful farming
approaches to governance, financing, management and
the recognition of nga tikanga Māori
• To utilise the award to highlight excellence in the Māori
farming sector to all New Zealanders
• To acknowledge the contribution the Māori farming sector
currently makes to the New Zealand economy and
highlight areas for future growth.
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Growth of Maori Enterprise
Kingi Smiler
• The asset base of enterprises in the 2010 Mäori
economy totals at least $36.9bn.
• An increase of $20.4bn from the 2006 estimate of
$16.5bn
• Approx 1/3rd of this is better data
• After allowing for this the increase is still 29% or 5%
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• $10.6bn of assets of Mäori Trusts, Incorporations,
Organisations, Boards, PSGEs, MIOs and Iwi/Rünanga
holding companies
• From the production side of the economy the value
added by Mäori enterprises in 2010 totalled $10.3bn.
REGIONAL WINNERS
Peter MacGregor
Ahuwhenua Trophy Winners
Mataatua Rohe
Dairy Winners:
• 1933 William Swinton of Raukokore, Opotiki;
• 1938 Whareparoa Rewharewha of Torere and
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John Black of Ruatoki Equal First;
• 1940 Mrs Tatai Hall of Te Teko *
• 1941 Fred Amoamo of Opotiki
• 1948 Tikirau Callaghan of Raukokore, Opotiki
• 1956 Rehu Cairns of Welcome Bay Tauranga
• 1975 Claude Edwards of Opotiki and
• 1978 Maurice Charles Anderson of Whakatane
Sheep & Beef Winners:
• 1958 Jack Steedman of Welcome Bay Tauranga
• 1963 Jack Steedman of Welcome Bay Tauranga
• 1967 Jack Steedman of Welcome Bay Tauranga
*First Wahine Maori Winner
Ahuwhenua Trophy Winners
Te Arawa Rohe
Dairy Winners:
• 1939 Johnny Edwards of Rotorua
• 1943 Tihema Kingi of Rotorua
• 1945 Joe Wharekura of Rotorua
• 1955 Foley Eru of Horohoro
• 1972 John Edwards of Horohoro
• 1979 Raumoa Amoamo of Reporoa
Sheep & Beef Winners:
• 1954 Patu Rahuruhi of Horohoro
• 1956 Robert Tu Kingi of Rotoiti
• 1957 Henry Davis of Rotorua
• 1991 Parekarangi Trust of Rotorua +
• 2003 Kapenga M Trust of Rotorua ~
+ First Trust to Win
~ Second Trust to Win
VALUE GAINED FROM
ENTERING THE COMPETITION
PRIZES
Finalists
• $15,000 (minimum) to each of three Finalists of which
$5,000 is cash and remainder comprises sponsor
products and services
• A commemorative medal
The Winner
• $40,000 (minimum) to each of three Finalists of which
$15,000 is cash and remainder comprises sponsor
products and services
• A replica of the Trophy and a commemorative medal
BENEFITS - AN ENTRANTS VIEWPOINT
Dean Nikora, Mangatewai
Winner 2008 Dairy Award
• Good feedback on both the strengths
and weaknesses of our business from
both the first and second round of
judges
• We used this to assist us in better
focussing on moving our business at
the next level
• We have grown as people as a result of
entering
• Questions from other farmers and
trustees at the field day also made us
think about some of the practices we had
taken for granted
• Attendance at the other two finalists field
days gave us additional insights into
options around running our own business
• We have received great value from
people we have met as a result of being
in the competition
• We had great support throughout the
process
• Winning the Award along with the better
profiling of our business within the wider
agribusiness community has provided us
with unforeseen opportunities
• It also gave a big boost to our staff
• We have had visits and calls from other
Maori farmers/trustees keen to learn
more about our business
• A pleasure to share with them and
perhaps contribute to the development of
their farming business
• In turn we have come to feel that we are
part of an unique network of progressive
and like-minded people involved in dairy
farming
BENEFITS - AN ENTRANTS VIEWPOINT
Dawson Haa, Waipapa 9 Trust
Winner 2010 Dairy Award and
2011 Sheep and Beef Award
BENEFITS - AN ENTRANTS VIEWPOINT
Dana Blackburn, Atihau Whanganui Incorporation
Winner 2007 Sheep and Beef Award
• Back in 2003 when the competition was reinstated we entered a number of our
properties in the sheep and beef
competition. We did this for two reasons:
o To support the organisers in their
initiative to re-establish this historic
event
o To allow us to have an independent
view of our individual farm businesses
• We entered again in 2007, this time just
our Pah Hill Station property
• Good feedback on both the strengths and
weaknesses of our business from both
the first and second round of judges
• We used to assist us in better identifying
future business goals and how to go
about putting in place an approach to
implement the goals
• This was strengthened by the BNZ
Financial analysis which also included
some comparative average data for other
properties
• Questions at the field day held on Pah Hill
also made us think about some of the
practices we had taken for granted
• Attendance at the field days of the other
two finalists gave us additional insights
• Winning the Award along with the better
profiling of our business within the wider
agribusiness community has enhanced our
business relationships
• Winning the Award also gave a big boost
to shareholder interest and support for
us in managing their investment
• Also a boost to our staff not just those
working on Pah Hill but all of those
working for Atihau Whanganui
Incorporation
PROVISION OF INDUSTRY EXPERTISE
JUDGING
Doug Leeder
Chief Judge Dairy Award
JUDGING
Dana Blackburn
Chief Judge Sheep and Beef Award
First Round Judging
• The first round judging is designed to select 3
finalists
• For sheep and beef this has been traditionally
undertaken on a regional basis – North, South
and East
• The team this year comprised very experienced
professionals:
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Garry Pevreal BNZ
Gary Walton B+LNZB
Peter MacGregor, AgITO
David Stevens, AgResearch
Approach to Finals Judging
The approach to judging the final of the sheep and beef
competition is the same as that advised by Doug
Leeder
Finals Judging Team
Bank of New Zealand
Sam Johnson
Northern Region Manager – Agri-business
AgResearch
Dr Tanira Kingi
Scientist
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Malcolm McConochie
Chairman B+LNZ Farmers Council
Independent
Dana Blackburn, Former winner and Chair Atihau Whanganui
Incorporation
Supported by
Abe Seymour, AgITO
JUDGING
Understanding the Judging Criteria
Doug Leeder
Points Allocation
Judging Criteria for 2012 Dairy Award
Governance
Social/community/nga tikanga Māori
Financial – including trends over time
Productivity
Farm/Stock (as per DairyBase physical A & B reports for the most
recent year)
Employee
Environment/Sustainability
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Total
Max. Points
awarded
17
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20
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15
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100
For details of the criteria refer to page 5 of the Registration Form in your Handout Packs
USING FARM RECORDS
AND BENCHMARKING
Sharon Morrell
DairyNZ
Regional Leader BOP
The Measuring Instinct
• “That was a good feed!”
• “What a lousy movie!”
• “Our team is much stronger that the
opposition...”
Part of the management process:
Plan, Do, Review
Why Record and Benchmark?
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Assess Progress
Compare to Targets
Compare to Previous Years
Compare to Others
• Resource Management
• Identify Opportunities!
Plan, Do, Review
What Records and Benchmarks?
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Fundamentals on Back of an Envelope
Own Spreadsheets
Herd Records
InCalf
InfoVet
Red Sky
Dairy Base
Key Performance Indicators
• FINANCIAL
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Operating profit/ha
FWE/ha
Operating Return on Dairy Assets
Return on Equity
Growth in Equity
Discretionary Cash (NB: this KPI is not benchmarked)
• PHYSICAL
– kg milksolids/kg liveweight
– Pasture and crop eaten
– Total supplements used – tDM/cow
Benchmarking Questions
• How am I doing?
• Is this on track to meet my goals and
objectives?
• How well could I be doing?
• What can I do differently to improve my
performance?
Plan, Do, Review
What Does It Take
• Discipline
– Record or use workbook/programmes regularly
• Completion
– “Finish it off!”
• Analysis
– Make it useful
• Daily Rain Guage vs Seasonal Patterns
Plan, Do, Review
Bigger Picture
Link results back to your:
• farming philosophies
• goals and objectives
• values and guiding principles
• stage of business growth and development
Plan, Do, Review
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BENCHMARKING
TO IMPROVE PROFITABILITY
Richard Wakelin
Beef + Lamb NZ
General Manager, Farm
Outline
• Sheep & Beef Farm Survey
• Benchmarking tools
Farm Types Studied
Class
No. farms
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SI High Country
220
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SI Hill Country
850
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NI Hard Hill Country
1,258
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NI Hill Country
4,245
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NI Intensive Finishing
1,763
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SI Finishing Breeding
2,964
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SI Intensive Finishing
1,680
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SI Mixed Finishing
620
Targeted improvements
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Lambing %
Wool production per sheep
Carcase weights [& growth rates]
Loss rates
Fertiliser per ha or per su
Price levels, meat, wool
Farm expenditure per ha, su
Gross Margins sum of above,
– Rate of Return
– Debt : Equity
farm control
farm control
farm control
farm control
farm control
low control
farm control
farm control
land asset, external
important if high debt
Benchmarking performance
The Key Features of Top Farms are:
– High Lambing %’s
– High Calving %’s
– High Slaughter Weights
– High Wool Production per Sheep
– Low loss rates
All equal economic efficiency
Farm Profit before Tax per ha
1,200
1,000
800
400
200
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-200
75 % of Farm s
-400
-600
>800
<= 800
<= 700
<= 600
<= 500
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<= 300
<= 200
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<= 0
<= -100
<= -200
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-800
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$ per ha
600
Profit per ha
Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service
2009-10 Sheep & Beef Farm Survey, All Farms excluding Class 8 mixed (crop) intensive
Productivity Prize – Farm
1,200
1,000
Blue = next interval performance achieved
i.e., $200 per ha lifted to $300 per ha profit = +50%
800
400
200
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-400
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Profit per ha
>800
<= 800
<= 700
<= 600
<= 500
<= 400
<= 300
<= 200
<= 100
<= 0
<= -100
<= -200
<= -300
<= -400
-800
<= -500
$ per ha
600
Gain per ha
Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service
2009-10 Sheep & Beef Farm Survey, All Farms excluding Class 8 mixed (crop) intensive
Productivity Prize – Sector
370,000
23% of farms
300,000
160,000
90,000
20,000
Profit per ha
Gain per ha
Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service
>800
<= 800
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$000
230,000
Case study - Pregnancy Scanning
Partial Scanning
All Scanned
Ewe Scanning Profile
5%
160
140
100
80
60
60
No Scanning
120
Lambing Percentage
140
120
80
100
Lambing Percentage
140
120
100
80
Lambing Percentage
Class 6: Comparison of the Lambing % Between
Farms with Different Ewe Scanning Profiles
180
Class 4: Comparison of the Lambing % Between
Farms with Different Ewe Scanning Profiles
160
Class 3: Comparison of the Lambing % Between
Farms with Different Ewe Scanning Profiles
No Scanning
Partial Scanning
All Scanned
Ewe Scanning Profile
10%
No Scanning
Partial Scanning
All Scanned
Ewe Scanning Profile
14%
$50 / weaned lamb =
$1,900 / 1,000 ewes
$50 / weaned lamb =
$4,400 / 1,000 ewes
$50 / weaned lamb =
$6,400 / 1,000 ewes
$100 / prime lamb =
$4,400 / 1,000 ewes
$100 / prime lamb =
$9,400 / 1,000 ewes
$100 / prime lamb =
$13,400 / 1,000 ewes
Lamb Growth
Lamb growth
LW vs time
50
45
Liveweight - kg
40
35
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25
20
15
10
5
0
20-Aug
9-Sep
29-Sep
19-Oct
8-Nov
Time
28-Nov
18-Dec
7-Jan
27-Jan
Benchmarking Tools
Measuring efficiency
output
inputs
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Kg Meat [& Wool]
Kg pasture DM
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Gross $
Expend$
Measuring outputs
No Matter how performance is Benchmarked
- Gross Revenue per ha
- Net Profit per ha or su
- % Rate of Return on Farm Capital
- Gross Margin per su
- Earnings Before Interest and Tax
Sheep + Beef Measures
-Lambing %
-Wool Production per sheep
-Lamb Weights [ and growth rates]
-Loss rates
-Price levels, meat, wool [within season]
-Fertiliser per ha or per su
-EFS, EBITR, per ha or su
-Gross Margins
-Debt:Equity, Rate of Return … sometimes
Online Benchmarking
Online Benchmarking
$12,195
Online Benchmarking
$12,195
Summary
• B+LNZ Economic Service Farm Survey
• Online benchmarking and diagnostic tools
DOL AND ACC SUPPORT
Allan Frazer
HEALTH AND SAFETY ASSESSMENT
AND ACC DISCOUNTS
• A free training session provided by FarmSafe on developing
a good health and safety plan and assistance in completing
the DOL application form for a Workplace Safety Discount
• A prize for the entrant who completes the DOL application
form for a Workplace Safety Discount and demonstrates
the highest level of skills in this area to be announced at
the dinner
• Presentation of certificates at the field days to those
entrants having their application for a discount accepted
• In association with FarmSafe the offer of discounted safety
helmets to entrants and people attending field days
SPONSORS ROLE
Duncan Matthews
BNZ – Platinum Sponsor
Involvement of Sponsors
• Why do sponsors want to be involved?
– Respect and recognition of Maori agribusiness i.e. track
record; growth; and performance.
– Sponsor’s involved have an empathy & understanding of
Maori agribusiness i.e. approach to business and
intergenerational nature of it.
– Synergies and parallels with Maori agribusiness and how
we (the sponsor) do business;
• Long term participants in the agribusiness sector
• Very good approach to governance and utilise key
advisors and networks very well
Involvement of Sponsors
• Why do sponsors want to be involved?
– The people factor; it is enjoyable to be involved with all
aspects of the competition - very whanau orientated
– Makes good business sense for both parties; success (&
investment) breeds success (& investment)
Sponsors and contestants goals aligned i.e. improving
productivity, profitability, viability, sustainability
Ahuwhenua Trophy promotes all the good things about
farming and business
Involvement of Sponsors
• Sponsor support for the competition includes:
– Prizes across 3 finalists including the entity involved & farm
staff; eg farm goods, clothing, Training Scholarships,
Growth Programme to name a few.
– Competition running costs
– Provide judges
– Advice & guidance with preparing for competition
– Promoting awareness of the competition encouraging
entrants
– Excellent networking amongst all involved
ENTERING THE COMPETITION
Bob Cottrell
Farm Advisor Waipapa 9 Trust
ENTERING AHUWHENUA
• When is the best time to enter?
• What do you need to do to enter?
• What information is needed to enter?
• How do you prepare for the judges visit?
• What is the cost?
When to enter Ahuwhenua ?
• Why would we enter? –
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to benchmark our business performance
to gather some independent analysis or audit of our business
to learn and to share information
to support the concept of this event for Maori
to win the regional and national competition
• Why do we not enter? –
– Business not ready to enter Governance/advisors/management
– Bad years – financial/climatic/other
– Fear of not winning (losing face with owners and peers)
– Everyone is too busy
– Added cost of entering
When to enter
Now is the best time to enter ! Why?!!!
• Not very may organisations win on the first attempt (only a
few do).
• Most organisations have entered more than once before
winning. They saw it as a learning process after their first
attempt.
• Climatic and economic conditions and stage of development
are taken into account by judges.
• Entering the competition as a learning process is more likely
to result in winning sooner rather than waiting till you and
your advisors think the time is right if winning is the goal.
• It is a rewarding but challenging experience
What do you need to do to enter?
• Complete an entry form once entries open
(Oct/Nov).
• Send it back fully completed with all supporting data.
• Start preparing other background material for
judging.
What does this involve?
• Once the decision to enter is made someone must
take responsibility for completing the entry form (
normally the Secretary/Accountant or Consultant)
• Entries usually open about October or November
each year. Get an entry form and start early. Saves
the rush at the end
• Preparation for Entry form needs to be done
November/December as entries close end of January
• Put together in a judging package if possible (it will
help in collating data if you become a finalist):
What does this involve?
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Through January/February prepare for judging in March:
- Chairman/or member of committee get some
background on the history and background of the
organisation, Governance makeup, how the board
operates, any planning and review processes.
- Regularity of governance meetings and processes
- Committee member delegation roles
- Electoral process of trustees or committee members
- Financial review processes, budgeting and monitoring
- Reporting processes by advisors and managers
- How the board reports to owners
Key people
Chairman
Secretary/Accountant
Farm Consultant
Farm Manager/Sharemilker
Chairman
• Leads the process – delegates where necessary and makes
sure everything gets done on time
• May prepare some of the historical data or delegate to the
appropriate person (needs to be no more than 1 page but
including key milestone events)
• Ensures Governance areas are covered (Secretary can assist
with any diagramatic flow charts etc)
• Ensures the cultural areas are covered for the judging
• Ensures all appropriate advisors and managers are present
at judging to answer questions and lead any expert
discussion
• Good to have a final check with key advisors before Judging
day
Secretary/Accountant
• Ensures the entry form is completed and accompanying
data sent in on time (may need assistance of other farming
experts) – need to start now for 2012 competition
• Make sure last 3 years accounts arrive with entry (be
prepared to field any queries from competition committee,
they need to meet deadlines for judging)
• Assists the Chairman in collating the relevant Governance
information required for judges
• May coordinate information from Farm advisors/ Farm
Managers/Sharemilkers for the initial judging
• Compiles any pre-judging package if necessary
• Ensures the judging day on farm is pre-prepared and
planned (timelines, vehicles, focus, food, contingencies etc)
Farm Advisor/Consultant
• Collates farm physical/production/financial/farm
systems and operational data alongside the Farm
Manager/Sharemilkers
• Outlines the organisations strategic direction for the
business and how it is being implemented and
monitored
• Helps prepare the best approach to the days judging
process on farm with the Manager/sharemilker
• Participates alongside the Farm
Manager/Sharemilker during the farms judging
around business strategy and operational areas
Farm Manager/Sharemilker
• Documents the seasonal operational plan for the farm
in conjunction with the Farm consultant to cover
judging questions (includes farm targets, monitoring
tools etc)
• In conjunction with the Farm Consultant plans the farm
route for the judges (timelines, highlighting points of
operational significance, stock, OSH, contingencies)
• In conjunction with the Farm Consultant leads the on
farm discussion with judges as it relates to the day to
day farming operations
• Participates in a debrief post judging once feed back is
received
What information is needed to enter?
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Complete the entry form –
- Physical farm data – Land area farmed – freehold and leasehold
Stock numbers wintered
Property data – pasture/crops/trees etc
Farm production data – MS, lambing%, wool, etc
Labour units
- Advisors names and addresses and contact details
- Name, address and location of the Maori entity or individual
- Legal description of the property or properties if more than 1
- Sets of the financial accounts for the 3 preceding years
- Short examples of some social/ cultural and environmental
initiatives
- Get entry in by closing date with all supporting data
Prepare for the judges visit
• Don’t take it for granted that you will be prepared
(make sure you cover as many bases as possible before
they arrive)
• The initial judging will be on farm. Be prepared to
whakatau your visitors - they will be expecting this
• You are in charge so you need lead the day and manage
the time to cover off all you want to highlight about
your business
• You only have a set time so do not waste it
• The judges will want to cover areas around governance
during this visit as well so allow time for this
• There will be feedback and it will be relevant to what
the judges saw and heard on the day. This can be very
worthwhile even if you do not progress further
What is the cost?
• The cost to enter the competition is $ nil
• However there may be costs in entering the
competition
These include:
Costs to prepare entry form by advisors
- Time in gathering and preparing data for entry
and judging
- Costs associated with judging day (professionals
and trustees)
- Food
• These costs need to be weighed against the benefits
derived from the benchmarking information and
feedback from judges
MAKING IT TO THE FINALS
Kingi Smiler
Chair Wairarapa Moana
Former winner
Making it to the Finals
• What support is there for finalists?
• Provision of information for Field day
Brochure
• Planning for the Field Day
• Prepare for Judges visit
What support is there for
finalists?
• A detailed guide is provided to finalists as soon as
judges decision is known
• Our Communications Manager will assist with
media interviews
• The Field Day Coordinator will visit within a week
of advice of being a finalist to provide advice on
your approach including the field day
• The competition provides financial support
depending on numbers expected at the field day;
typical support for catering etc is $9,000; in
addition included in the finalists prize is at least
$5,000 cash
Provision of Information
for Field Day Brochure
• A key goal of the competition is to spread the
word about success as widely as possible
• A top Class Field Day Brochure is a big part of this
• Both for those attending the Field Day but also
the Brochure is distributed widely including
journalists
• We supply a template for the info needed
• To meet print deadlines we do need info back on
time
Planning for the Field Day
• We provide advice based on experience gained from how
previous finalist have handled this opportunity to showcase
a successful Maori business – includes preparation of farm
signage and presentations
• Publicity is a key to good attendance – we do need finalists
to work with us in encouraging their stakeholders,
neighbours and service partners to attend
• But this is an opportunity to use your own initiative – in
particular the choice of the 3-4 key features to highlight to
visitors
• Planning the route is a key to this and we can help with
design of a back-up plan in case of bad weather etc
• The day prior to judging needs good planning as the judges
will be there as well as a film crew; competition
management will be there to assist with setting up signs etc
Prepare for Judges visit
• First round judging experience really helpful –
make notes at the time of any suggestions
made & questions you feel you could have
answered better
• Study first round judges reports
• Finalists judges have more time and are able
to be more thorough in their assessment
• Make sure key people are there to meet the
judges
Young Maori Trainee/Cadet
A New Initiative
Peter MacGregor
AgITO
RECOGNISING OUR YOUNG ACHIEVERS
• Announced by Minister of Maori Affairs at the
Ahuwhenua Awards Event in June 2011
• The inaugural competition is for 2012 for dairy
trainees
• Seed funding for the Award is from the Maori
Soldiers Fund administered by the Maori
Trustee
• Others such as TPK and Allflex are also funding
• AgITO is providing administrative and judging
support
WHAT WE SEEK TO ACHIEVE
Aims
• To encourage young Maori into leadership roles
• Te encourage personal development and growth of Young Maori
• To help transition young Maori through learning and career
pathway and
• To recognise outstanding achievement and excellence in farming
Benefits
• Recognition of excellence in farming
• Access to Judges expert feedback to improve farming capability
• Access to network of progressive and likeminded individuals and
organisations involved in farming
• A greater learning experience and opportunity to mix with the best
in the industry and
• Recognition of their commitment to a formal learning pathway
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
TIMING
Key criteria
• Aged 16-25 years as at 31 December 2011
• Currently employed on a dairy farm
• Of Maori descent and
• Currently enrolled in or has completed within the last year, a
National Certificate in Agriculture Level 3 or higher
Timing
• Launch of the Ahuwhenua Competition at the FoMA Conference: 12
November 2011
• Entries Close: 29 February 2012
• Preliminary Judging Commences :March 2012
• Final Judging: Mid May 2012Finalists
• 3 Day Study Tour: 5 June 2012
• Awards Evening: 8 June 2012
Final Questions
Call for Entries
Concluding Remarks
Kingi Smiler

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