Awhi Magazine and Annual Reports

Te Oreore update 06/05/2020

May 2020


Media Release: SH4 Raetihi to Whanganui reinstatement one step close

A new permanent road to connect Raetihi and Whanganui is a step closer, following a decision on the option to replace the section of State Highway 4 damaged in the October 2019 slip.


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has selected the option after a rigorous assessment process that considered a range of different routes.


The chosen option to replace the damaged section of State Highway 4 will cross a stabilised section of the Te Oreore slip and follow a similar path to the temporary road.


“We know how vital this road is to locals, travellers and freight, and it was important that we get this decision right,” Regional Transport Systems Manager Ross I’Anson says.


“The road is in a difficult environment so any option would need to strengthen the highway’s resilience so it can better withstand the challenges of the unique topography and severe weather events.


“The assessment process considered a number of factors, including network resilience, resilience in the case of a major event like the October 2019 slip, cultural heritage, impact on property owners, how easy it would be to build, and ability to protect the existing landscape, plants and animals.


“Through this process, we have selected the permanent route. A key aspect of this option is the improvements to ground stability that will be achieved by lowering the groundwater levels. By removing water, we expect that State Highway 4 will be more resilient against future slips.


“We would like to thank Ātihau-Whanganui Inc and mana whenua Ngāti Rangi for their generosity and support throughout the process of building the temporary road and looking at options away from the existing road. We look forward to continuing to work alongside them as we move to the next phase,” Mr I’Anson says.


Further work on detailed design, resource consents and property discussions are underway. Work will begin soon to remove water using wells and pumps in the landslip area to improve ground stability. This is part of the preparation for construction, which is expected to start in the summer of 2021.


Meanwhile, work on resilience and remedial projects along State Highway 4 is beginning to resume with strict health and safety protocols in line with Alert Level 3.


More information can be found at

Download the pdf below to read the SH4 Bulletin for May 2020

pdf SH4 Bulletin May 2020 (3.67MB)

Follow this link to subscribe to updates for SH4 Te Oreore slip direct from NZTA, 

SH4 Slip on Te Oreore

April 2020

Tēnā kautau

We hope you are all doing well during these challenging times, kia manawanui mai we are nearly there!

NZTA have prepared an exclusive update for Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation shareholders about the Te Oreore slip on State Highway 4 (Parapara Road). Click on the link below for more information:

Please take care and stay safe.

pdf Update on Te Oreore (0.24MB)

Kia haumaru te noho

Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation


Covid-19 Update

March 2020

E te iwi, tēnā tātau,


With yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister implementing Alert Level 3 and as we prepare ourselves for Alert Level 4, Ātihau-Whanganui Inc wide are now in lock down for a minimum of 4-weeks as of today Tuesday 24 March 2020. Both the Whanganui and Ohakune offices are now closed. We have office staff working remotely from home and are well resourced to carry on with normal business. This is the same for our staff on all our farms.


The board and the executive team have implemented an Ātihau-Whanganui Inc Covid-19 Response Plan. The main objective of the plan is to prevent the spreading of the Covid-19 virus. This means we are ceasing all face to face contact with externals, including Shareholders on all farms and in the offices, all meetings will now be done over the phone or via ZOOM both internal and external and robust work and health & safety plans implemented on the farms to protect staff, stock, assets, and the business.



For any queries or assistance for the Ātihau Trust grants or scholarships, please ring the Whanganui office on (06) 348 7213 or email Jonelle Hiroti-Kinane on directly.



For all tangihanga support, please make direct contact with the Whanganui office on (06) 348 7213 or email Either Charmaine Teki or Jonelle Hiroti-Kinane will assist you immediately. As we have ceased all face to face contact with all externals, including Shareholders, there will be no mutton and/or venison available for tangihanga. However we have replaced meat with a monetary koha and the Whanganui office staff can provide more information.



If you have queries regarding unclaimed dividends or Ātihau shares, please contact the Whanganui office directly on (06) 348 7213 or email



Please note that all Shareholder engagements are on hold until further notice. This includes the Shareholder Farm Tour and Shareholder Weekend Hunts. It is important to note that there will be no hunting on all farms to shareholders and externals until further notice.



Please direct all Business Finances i.e. invoice payments queries to the Ohakune office on (06) 385 8469 or email



For all Farm queries, please contact Siwan Shaw directly on or ring the Ohakune office directly on (06) 385 8469



For all Apiary business, please contact Dan Adams directly on or ring  the Ohakune office directly on (06) 385 8469



Even though the offices are closed it is still business as normal. If you need to contact any staff member you can still ring through to the office and you will be diverted to their cell phone or you can email them directly.



Whanganui office – (06) 348 7213

Ohakune office – (06) 385 8469

Andrew Beijeman (CEO) -

Natasha Poloai (People & Safety Manager) –

Siwan Shaw (Farm Business Manager) –

Dan Adams (Apiary Business Manager) –

Whetu Moataane (Tikanga & Brand Manager) –

Andrea Coogan (Finance) –


We will be providing ongoing updates on our Ātihau-Whanganui Inc facebook page and on the website,


We appreciate and thank you all for your patience and support towards our response plan. Feel free to contact us at any time.


Look after ourselves, our kaumātua, our whānau and our tamariki-mokopuna. Please listen and take on the advice on this ngāngara Covid-19. Take care and be safe. Kia haumaru ai tātau, ā, kia tau anō te rangimārie ki runga tātau.




Ātihau-Whanganui Inc Board and Staff.

50th Anniversary Shareholders Farm Tour 2020: Postponed

March 2020

Tēnā tātau me te mihi kau atu,


Due to the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Shareholder Farm Tour on Saturday 28 March until further notice. It is important to limit large gatherings of people to slow the potential spread of this virus and our priority is the wellbeing and safety of our shareholders, staff and farms.


We will continue to keep an eye on the situation and keep you informed. We would like to share following information from the government about Covid-19 and please read carefully.


If you have any pātai or queries regarding the postponement of the Farm Tour, please contact the Whanganui office on (06) 348 7213.


Ka nui te aroha,


Mavis Mullins (Chair) & Andrew Beijeman (CEO)

50th Anniversary Shareholder Farm Tour 2020

February 2020

As a part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation would like to welcome all shareholders and whānau to the 2020 shareholder farm tour. This year we will be visiting Ohotu Station, AWHI Mīere (Apiary) and Hapuawhenua (Dairy).

Saturday 28th March 2020

Buses leave:

  • Whanganui @ 7am from 16 Bell Street, Balance Building
  • Raetihi @ 8.30am from Dempseys Depot
  • Ohakune @ 8.45am from 22 Ayr Street

Call 06 348 7213 or 06 385 8469 or email to RSVP

RSVPs close Friday 20th March 2020

50th Anniversary Shareholder Hunt

February 2020

We are now taking registrations for the 50th Anniversary Shareholder Hunt.

Confirmed dates are :

  • 15th-16th February 2020
  • 22nd- 23rd February 2020

(third weekend may be made available if there is demand)

Please call 06 348 7213 to register.

Registrations close Wednesday 12th February 2020.

If you ar unable to to come along on these weekends, there will be a few more hunting opportunities throughout the year, keep an eye on our facebook page and website.

AGM Election Results 2019

December 2019



Notice is hereby given that at the Annual General Meeting of the Incorporation held on the 6th of December 2019, the aggregate value of votes cast for agenda items 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 were as follows:


Item 4.

Election of Officers




Mavis Mullins




Whatarangi Murphy-Peehi




Shar Amner




Steph Osborne




Chris Kumeroa




Murray Haitana




Sarah Bell



Item 8.

That a dividend of 65 cents a share be paid in December 2019 pursuant to section 259 (1) (c) of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.




Item 9.

Silks Audit are re-appointed pursuant to section 277(2) of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.



Item 10.

To appoint Balance Chartered

Accountants Limited as Share




Item 11.

To approve a Kaumatua grant of $100 to kaumatua, for travel costs associated with the Annual General Meeting.

Payment to be by direct credit.



Item 12.

To grant Te Ati Hau Trust $432,827 for the 2019/2020 financial year for its charitable purposes.




C M Teki


AGM notice 2019

November 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of the Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation will be held at the Whanganui Racecourse, Purnell Street, Whanganui on Friday 6th of December 2019 commencing at 9.00 am.

Registration from 8.00 am onwards.

Please see the full agenda below:

pdf 2019 AGM Agenda (0.07MB)

Postal Voting

Shareholders may cast a postal vote by completing and sending the Postal Voting Form to the Secretary.  Postal Votes must reach the Secretary no later than 9.00 am on Wednesday 4 December 2019.



The Constitution permits shareholders who are unable to attend the meeting to appoint a proxy. No person shall vote as attorney or proxy at the meeting unless a copy of the power of attorney or notice of appointment of proxy are completed and lodged at the office of the Incorporation no later than 9.00 am on Wednesday 4 December 2019.


Please contact The secretary, Charmaine Teki on 06 3487213 or for more information.

Associate Director & Audit Risk Committee Applications

October 2019

Ātihau- Whanganui Incorporation

Associate Director Applications

The Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation invites applications from persons interested in becoming an associate director.


The successful candidates will be appointed for a period of 2 years. Information about the Incorporation and its activities can be found on the Incorporation website at and the AWHI magazine.


Independent Audit and Risk Committee Applications

The Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation invites applications from persons interested in becoming an independent audit and risk committee member.

The successful candidates will be appointed for a period of 1 year. Information about the Incorporation and its activities can be found on the Incorporation website at and the AWHI magazine.


Applications close at 5pm Thursday 31st October


Please register your interest by providing your CV/ brief resume and covering letter to Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation, 16 Bell Street, Whanganui or email



October 2019

Applications are still open for the Awhiwhenua Cadet Programme commencing January 2020

Do you have a passion for agriculture? An interest in learning the practical and theoretical elements of sheep and beef farming? Fancy working in a supportive unique and environment?

Apply for our Awhiwhenua Cadetship programme 2020 now!

Our Tauira will study towards the achievement of Year One, NZ Level 3 Certificate in Farm Systems and Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure.   This is a residential live-in course.

Do you have a passion for agriculture and a genuine  interest in learning the practical and theoretical elements of sheep and beef farming within a unique and supportive environment, then this might be the opportunity for you.

Students are recruited on attitude first and foremost.  You must have a good work ethic and have a genuine passion for farming.  If you're willing to learn and not afraid of getting your hands dirty then we want to hear from you.

Applicants must be a minimum 17 years of age.   For further information including an application form please contact

Nau mai haere mai

To download and application form, see below:

pdf Awhiwhenua Application form 2020 (0.57MB)

For a list of Agricultutre scholarships that you may be eligible for, please see the link below:

pdf Agricultural scholarships (1.85MB)


Nominations to the Committee of Management

August 2019

Ātihau Whanganui Incorporation

Nominations to the Committee of Management


Ātihau Whanganui Incorporation advises that nominations to the Committee of Management are required to be received at the Ātihau Whanganui Incorporation Office,   P O Box 4035, Whanganui by 4pm on Monday 30th September 2019.


Three places are required to be filled due to Committee of Management members retiring by rotation.


This will be for a period of three years.


The Committee of Management are elected by Shareholders and are responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Incorporation. They are also responsible for monitoring how the strategy is being implemented.


While you are not required to be a shareholder of the Incorporation to stand, your application must be accompanied by a nomination from a shareholder or representative of a shareholder.


The candidate must include a recent digital photo and a personal statement of no more than 300 words explaining why they are seeking election onto the Committee of Management, as well as their relevant skills and expertise.

Contact the office on 06 3487213 or email

Click the link below to download a nomination form.

pdf Nomination Form 2019 (0.05MB)


Please note, any Special Resolutions as per 5.1 of the Constitution of Ātihau Whanganui Incorporation will also close Monday, 30 September at 4pm.


Charmaine Teki


AGM Election Results

December 2018

Entry in the minute book of the incorporation declaring the result of a vote on shareholding relating to selected agenda items.

It is hereby declared that at the Annual General Meeting of the Incorporation held on 7th of December 2018, the aggregate value of votes cast, in the vote on shareholding, in respect to agenda item 4, 9, 10,11,12,13 and 14 was as follows:

Item 4 – To elect two only from the candidates listed below.



Brendon Te Tiwha Puketapu



Keria Ponga



Steph Osborne



Hayden Potaka



Chris Kumeroa



Item 9 – To adopt the recommendation of the Committee of Management: That a dividend of 65 cents a share be paid in December 2018 pursuant to section 259 (1)(c) of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.



Item 10 – Silks Audit are re-appointed pursuant to section 277(2) of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.



Item 11 – To appoint Balance Chartered Accountants Limited as Share Valuer.



Item 12 - To approve a Kaumatua grant of $100 to kaumatua for travel costs associated with the Annual General Meeting. Payment to be by direct credit.



Item 13 - To approve an increase to the annual Board stipend – Chairperson $58,000 and Committee of Management member $32,000 to a total of $250,000 per annum.



Item 14 - To grant Te Ati Hau Trust $432,827 for the 2018 / 2019 financial year for its charitable purposes.




Land of Opportunity proves its worth for Awhi honey.

August 2018

The sweet taste of mānuka honey produced by Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation’s (Awhi’s) hives could soon be on the lips of American consumers after a successful fact-finding trip across the Pacific.

Awhi Chair Mavis Mullins, Board members Shar Amner and Tiwha Puketapu, CE Andrew Beijeman and Chris Meade from Foundational, Awhi’s strategic marketing partner, made the journey to forge connections with retailers and potential trade partners and test the product with shoppers themselves.

“We made a strategic commitment to adopt a paddock-to-plate philosophy that means we want to know who the people are that consume our products,” says Mavis. “This tightens the supply chain and enables us to offer a high-quality proposition to customers rather than churning out product in large quantities for people who remain faceless to us.

“In order to be successful in this approach we need to have a deep understanding of our potential markets and ensure we are creating meaningful relationships by telling our story in a way that resonates with these offshore consumers. These were the driving forces behind the trip.”

Currently Awhi’s mānuka honey, which rates highly for taste and quality, achieving a UMF (Unique Mānuka Factor) grading level of between 5 - 25, is sold through distributors to New Zealand’s domestic market. The high grade product is used by partners in specialist areas such as wound care and cell regeneration.

To take the product off-shore, the development team had to first identify a market that would act as an entry point. Analysis of several potential markets showed that America or China offered the best opportunities to launch Awhi’s own honey brand.

Mānuka honey already has an established presence in China’s health-conscious marketplace where consumers embrace the concept that food can be beneficial on medical grounds as well as nutritional ones. But there are already more than 100 brands in existence there and regulatory restraints could restrict the ability to grow Awhi’s market share.



America, however, offered great potential in the size and value of market available to a new product and there are fewer constraints when it comes to importation. Although the recognition of mānuka honey is relatively low, awareness of its beneficial health properties is on the rise, with the market referred to as being in an ‘early adopter stage’.

Catching the start of that rising trend was identified as a real opportunity for Awhi and so America became the focus market, with San Francisco as a starting point due to its large number of ethically-aware and open-minded consumers.

“At that point we needed to quickly develop a product concept and proposition that would appeal to a highly-educated American audience,” says Awhi’s strategic marketing partner Chris Meade, from Foundational. “When developing the core proposition behind any product, the challenge is to identify what grabs the attention of your potential customer the most. We tested three product concepts and discovered one really stood out.”

The three concepts focused on where the honey came from, its raw, unprocessed nature, and the ethical way in which it was collected in just one single harvest each year.

“It was very clear that care for bees and ethical farming practices have huge resonance with American consumers,” says Chris.


“Against a backdrop of food scares and genuine concerns around the global food system, it is vitally important for people to know how their food has been produced, how the animals have been treated and the land cared for. They want to know who the people are who are putting food into their families’ mouths and, more than that, they want to know do you share the same values as them.”

“What we have in New Zealand, rolling green pastures where our animals live, accountability along the food chain and an ingrained knowledge that we are eating good, healthy produce, is just unbelievable to many people in other countries,” says Chris. “We found that the connection Awhi has with its whenua, and their commitment to the way people, land and animals are cared for, held a great deal of significance for our target American consumers.”

The story behind Awhi Single Harvest Honey, where the ethical treatment of Awhi bees is demonstrated by collecting honey from hives only once each season, was identified as the best concept to take to consumers. The next step was to actually take it to the market, talk to retailers and consumers and see their reactions.

“Taking a product and meeting people face to face enables you to significantly increase your knowledge about viability of your strategic approach in a short period of time,” says Chris. “Remote research and facts and figures are very useful up to a point, but nothing beats actually taking your concept to the market and asking ‘Does this product appeal to you, and why?’ There’s nothing more effective than seeing a potential customer’s reaction – good or bad – with your own eyes.”

The delegation held face-to-face meetings with small-chain supermarket owners and independent retailers as well as actually venturing onto the shop floor to speak with consumers themselves. The Awhi product proposition was met with a very positive response and the team achieved some significant learning outcomes about what the next steps should be.

“We came away with a much better understanding of how the market works over there and an improved awareness of the perception people have of us and our product, as well as what people are actually looking for,” said Mavis. “We have a clear sense that we are on the right path and what our next steps need to be now.”

Since the team’s return, a retailer who represents one of the most ethically advanced stores in San Francisco has made contact, which is an exciting development.

“Although we have challenges ahead of us, particularly around proving the authenticity of our story and the credibility of our product, I am confident that we will achieve our goal to take our honey direct-to-market.” says Andrew Beijeman, CE of Awhi. “I am hoping that jars displaying our own distinct brand will be on US shelves within the next 12 months.”

The intention is to bring the honey to market in San Francisco and develop the brand’s presence there before rolling out into similar markets throughout the US, such as Los Angeles, Portland and New York.

“All the evidence is there that we are on the right path,” says Chris. “We have a great product with a great story and the right people with the right knowledge to look strategically at how we are going to make this happen. This is an exciting time for us.”

Commerce and conservation working hand in hand

September 2017

The work of Ngā Whenua Rāhui is about more than just putting up fences and killing off pests. It is also about caring for Papatūānuku in a cultural and spiritual way that shows how commerce and conservation can work hand-in-hand.

Ngā Whenua Rāhui is a contestable ministerial $6 million per year fund administrated by a board led by Chairman Sir Tumu Te Heuheu.

The board considers applications for assistance in conserving and improving indigenous ecological areas owned by Māori, with 99.9% of cases involving land communally owned by family trusts or corporations.