The Ministry of Primary Industry  has become a gold sponsor of the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming Award.

MPI Maori primary sector partnerships deputy director Ben Dalton said they have extended their sponsorship which they have been involved with the competition for some time.

Ben Dalton siad they are committed to working with Maori and others to ensure sustainable growth in the businees sector.

Kua puta mai te kupu a te  Manatu Ahu Matua ko ia marika kei te tautoko i te kaupapa Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming rau mano ngahuru ma toru. No te Rahoroi pahore i whakarewatia e te ropu Me Uru  Kahikatea te Ahuwhenua Trophy i tana hui taumata i Taupo. Ki nga korero a Ben Dalton o Te Manatu Ahu Matua kua whakawhakanui a ratau honotanga ki te whakataetae Ahuwhenua Trophy kua roa nei ia e whakahaere tahi ana i tenei kaupapa Maori. E mea ana a Ben Dalton kei te whakapumau te Manatu Ahu Matua kia mahi me te iwi Maori kia tipu kia rea kia puawai te wahanga o te ahuwhenua ahakoa Maori tauiwi ranei ma roto i te whakataetae Ahuwhenua Trophy.