A Hastings apple grower is still in shock after being named the winner of the inaugural Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower Award.
Twenty-six-year-old Maatu Akonga “stumbled” into the horticulture industry about six years ago when looking for work.
“I went into a packing house and from there I got onto a course.
“I just never left. I enjoyed it too much.”
Of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu descent, he said it was a really rewarding industry in which you could go far, quickly.
“It’s especially good for us and a big push for the horticulture industry to see it in a positive light.
First published by Hawke’s Bay today. Read the full article here.