The Mackenzie Study – a view of leadership

The Otago Business School and the Department of Economics recently conducted research on behalf of The Mackenzie Charitable Foundation and The New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust.

‘The Mackenzie Study’ revealed remarkable results on the personal gains in entrepreneurial skills attributable to participation in the Kellogg and Nuffield Programmes. It is Nuffield Scholars’ broad and consistent level of achievement over time, that resonates most.

Preliminary findings are a compelling case for anyone considering applying for a 2022 Nuffield Scholarship, or looking to develop their leadership ability through the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

A comprehensive survey of Nuffield Scholarship Alumni was conducted in June this year, with invitations sent to all 135 living alumni.

The study had an unusually high participation rate of over 50%, especially given the flooding in Canterbury.

We’ll be presenting more results in due course, including comparisons between alumni and current cohorts. For now, here are just some of the findings demonstrating the professional accomplishments of Nuffield Scholarship Alumni.

Each result is a strong call to potential applicants for the 2022 Nuffield Scholarships, to apply before midnight this Sunday, August 15.

Kellogers Konnect, August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of Kelloggers Konnect!

The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is celebrating its 41st birthday this year and we’re proud to shout out that we’ve successfully delivered over 900 participants through the programme since 1979.

And the great news is that we’re not stopping there. We are gearing up to expand the Kellogg Programme with the introduction of Kellogg regional courses starting in early 2021 – more on that to come in this newsletter.

Although it’s been a challenging year we’ve remained flexible as we continue to adapt our Kellogg course dates around the recent Covid19 lockdowns. Needless to say, we are pleased to now be back on track with the Kellogg Courses for 2020 and 2021.

So without further delay – read on to find out what’s happening with our Kellogg programme and alumni activities:

As we’re sure you already know, Rural Leaders also deliver the Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship Programme. If you’re interested in keeping up with what’s happening with our Nuffield Alumni click here

If you have any questions about the Kellogg programme or you’d like more information about the Kellogg Northland course in early 2021 please contact us at programmes@ruralleaders.co.nz.

Kellogg course updates

We are pleased to now be back on track with our Kellogg Course dates for 2020, following the Covid19 lockdowns. Phase 2 for Kellogg Course 1 is scheduled to go ahead between 14 – 18 September in Wellington. Phase 1 for Kellogg Course 2 will start on 26 August – 3 September in Lincoln (Canterbury).

Click here to check out the remaining course dates for the 2020 Kellogg Programmes.

Applications open now for the first
2021 Kellogg intake

Do you know of anyone in your networks who is passionate about developing their leadership style, growing their networks and contributing to their community, business and Industry? 

If you do have someone in mind, make sure you encourage them to take the next step in their development and apply to do a Kellogg in 2021.

Please forward this link (https://ruralleaders.co.nz/application-kellogg) on to potential candidates who would like to know more about the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and how they can take the next step in becoming a leader of change in their industry.

Applications for Course 1 in 2021 close on Monday, 19 October 2020.

2021 Kellogg Courses

Course 1 – 26 January – 7 July 2021
Course 2 – 22 June – 25 November 2021

Kellogg Northland course to launch February 2021

Applications open now!

NZTE Funding assistance for Kellogg Applicants

Our partners...

We are pleased to acknowledge LIC as Rural Leader’s new Programme Partner and the re-signing of a three year agreement with our supporting partner GlobalHQ.

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Kelloggers in the news

Siobhan O’Malley & Wayne Langford – Meat the Need

In our last newsletter we featured the work Siobhan O’Malley and Wayne Langford have been doing with their new charitable venture ‘Meat the Need’.  Tune in to this podcast where Siobhan and Wayne talk about how and why they got started on the ‘Meat the Need’ charity concept. To find out more about Meat the

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Anna Nelson’s work for King Country River Care Group

Anna Nelson, 2016 Kellogger, is currently working as the Co-ordinator for King Country River Care Group. Anna recently featured on Sarah’s Country where she talked about the work she has been doing for the King Country River Care Group who have been awarded an $844K grant to support clean waterways in the King Country. Click

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Nigel Woodhead : Young Leaders Vision

Nigel Woodhead completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme in 2019 and that same year, sat at the most sought-after strategy table in NZAg – the Primary Sector Council. The young Otago farmer reflects on his leadership journey so far. This article appeared in the June 2020 edition of ‘The Farmlander.’ Click here to read the full article on page 20.

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Kellogers Konnect, May 2020

We hope that you are all safe and managing well during these extraordinary times. In this newsletter we’re pleased to bring you the latest updates from NZ Rural Leaders as follows: 

The Rural Leaders’ team are working remotely and ensuring communications with our participants, alumni and suppliers as we respond to ‘sliding’ programme dates. Tamney and Lisa are happy to help with any enquires you have regarding the Kellogg Programme at Programmes@ruralleaders.co.nz

We’re excited to continue delivering future leaders through the Kellogg programme, as we recognise that strong leadership at every level will be needed over the next 12-18 months and beyond. 

Rural Leaders welcomes new CEO – Chris Parsons and new Trustee – Kate Scott

We are pleased to announce that Chris Parsons joined us on Monday, 4 May as our new CEO and we welcomed
Kate Scott (2018 Nuffield Scholar) as a new Trustee on the NZ Rural Leader’s Board.

Click here to read the full post >>

Keep up to date with Kellogg 2020 course dates

We are operating a ‘sliding schedule’ of dates for this year’s Kellogg programme as New Zealand moves from Level 2 to Level 1 as follows:


  • Course 41, Phase 1 was completed in January. Phase 2, originally scheduled in April and has been delayed until later this year (dates to be advised). Phase 3 completion and graduation will be held in Lincoln in November.
  • Course 42 was planned to start in June. Applications have been received and selections made. The start of this programme has been postponed until late August.
  • Course 43 will begin in January 2021. Applications open shortly so do think about your networks and direct them to the website to apply.

Our New Programme Partner – Rabobank, and more…


Register Now!

Nuffield Webinar series – 2019 presenting Scholars

This week you will have received an invite to join the Nuffield webinar series where our 2019 Nuffield Scholars will be presenting their research findings, following the postponement of the Nuffield Conference where our scholars were originally due to present.

Click here to register for the weekly webinar series which commences on Tuesday, 19th May.

Be sure to register for the webinar series, and join us in supporting fellow Rural Leaders alumni who will be presenting virtually for the first time.

19 May 2020

26 May 2020

2 June 2020

Hamish Murray, 2019 Nuffield Scholar
Hamish Marr, Nuffield Schoilar 2019
Ben Hancock, 2019 Nuffield New Zealand Scholar

Kelloggers in the news

Meat The Need NZ

Wayne Langford and Siobhan O’Malley have just launched their new charity that allows farmers to donate fresh meat to help feed New Zealand’s most vulnerable.
Wayne joined Sarah Perriam on Sarah’s Country recently to talk about their latest venture ‘Meat The Need NZ.’

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Our New Programme Partner – Rabobank, and more…

Meet our new Programme Partner - Rabobank

Rabobank NZ

We welcomed Rabobank on board as a Programme Partner in January this year and look forward to working with them and tapping into their extensive international and national networks and expertise. As the only Co-op bank focused on the Rural Sector, we could not have signed up a better partner. Relationships are two-way so we urge you to consider Rabobank for your banking requirements and to tap into their extensive resources below.

Rabobank Research Podcasts

Rabobank’s global team of 90 food and agribusiness analysts regularly record podcasts where they discuss the latest developments in food & agri sectors & provide insights on what these developments mean for kiwi farmers.

The podcasts are a fast and easy way to gain a better understanding of how Covid-19 and other key industry developments are likely to impact your business. 

To check out the podcasts, search for ‘Rabobank’ on your favourite podcast app & subscribe or you can access the podcasts on their website or follow this link to the Rabobank website.

Strategic Partner Agmardt – re-signs partner agreement

We are delighted that our our relationship with Agmardt will continue for the next  three years, following the re-signing of their Strategic Partner agreement with Rural Leaders.

We cannot acknowledge enough the incredible support provided by Agmardt to our programmes and events.

Vote Now! DairyNZ Levy Vote

The DairyNZ levy vote is open. 

Please make sure you vote and  get others to vote also. Now more than ever we need a dairy organisation representing the industry at government policy level, doing scientific research, and supporting many programmes including leadership and people capability for the sector. 

Click here to VOTE NOW!  

Kelloggers Konnect

Welcome to our latest edition of Kelloggers Konnect, which we hope will help to keep you updated on our latest operational activities, Kellogg Course reports and programmes, news and upcoming events.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Kelloggers Konnect and on behalf of the staff and the Trustees we wish all Alumni and Investing Partners a great Christmas and New Year!

The Team at Rural Leaders

A Quarterly Update from the GM

NZ Rural Leadership Trust NZRLT

Anne Hindson, General Manager Rural Leaders

In this December update, Anne provides a snapshot of the Rural Leaders (NZRLT) activities for the last quarter.

Read Anne’s full update here.

Anne Hindson
General Manager

Kellogg Course 39 & 40 – Reports

We’ve had another great year with 48 new scholars graduating from our Kellogg Leadership Programmes – Course 39 in July 2019 and Course 40 in November 2019.

We’d now like to present for your reading, our Kellogger’s reports which include a wide  range of research topics affecting farmers both behind and beyond the farm gate.

Course 40 Reports

Scott Andrew
Wood flows of the eastern southern North Island: 2019-2028

Shaun Back
Key factors in developing a culture of high performance with a senior management team in large scale dairy organisations

Nicky Barton
Old dogs, new tricks: An exploration of age & its influence on health & safety in NZ’s primary sector

Kylie Brewer
Do current extension methods cater for farmers with dyslexia

Jamie Callahan
Improving our on-farm health and safety culture in rural NZ

Isabelle Crawshaw
Using ‘meat for kids’ as a vehicle to enhancing children’s knowledge about agriculture

Jonny Dingle     
Boardroom to break-fence: pursuing a rural professional career while concurrently having a farming business interest

Adam Duker 
How can rural professionals be more effective in this time of transformational change?

Anna Fenemor 
Understanding what drives youth perspective to make radical change in agriculture

Luke Futter
Integrating pasture raised egg production into an existing farming business: A business plan

Jason Griffin   
Breeder Finisher Collaboration

Frankie Hore     
Wool image: Being heard in the post-truth era

Caroline Letham
Preventative measures to combat food fraud and actively protect our NZ Brand

Mike Murphy
Grower’s role in promoting the value of NZ kiwifruit: Mechanisms which encourage the use of good practice to create a positive identity for social license to operate

Lisa Portas         
Farmer storytelling: Navigating our narrative

Andrew Savage
Genetic gain opportunities. A trans-Tasman comparison

Katie Vickers     
Putting the food back into food: What will it take for our primary industry to produce nutrient-dense food

Course 39 Reports

Announcing Course 41 – 2020 new Kelloggers

The New Year will start with another bang, as we bring the start of our next Kellogg Leadership Programme, Course 41 which is due to start on 21st January 2020.  And we are pleased to announce our new Kelloggers who have been selected for this programme:

Alex Ashe
Oscar Beattie
Luke Beehre
Keegan Blignaut
Sophie Davison

Catherine Dickson
Kate Downie-Melrose
Clare Easton
Annie Fleming
Helen France

Julia Galwey
Able Hansen
Melissa King
Juliette Maitland
Erin McIlmurray

Brent Miller
Charlotte Montgomery
Graeme  Peter
Anna Rathe
Matt Redmond

Richard Ridd
Sam Shergold
Sarah Watson


Applications open for Course 42 – 2020 Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for Kellogg Course 42 which starts in mid June 2020. Remember to shoulder tap and encourage talented agri-professionals to apply!

If you know of anyone who would like to apply for Course 42, be sure to forward on our Registration of Interest Form to them.

Applications close : 16 March 2020

Special Kellogg rate for International Agribusiness Summit

Pay only $320 (exc GST) for a great saving and organise a cohort reunion.

In our last Summit update we let you know that the first 100 Kelloggers to register for the Summit before 31 January 2020 will only pay $320 exc gst for their Summit ticket (that’s a savings of $65).  This offer is limited so make sure you hurry and register soon at https://www.nuffield2020.com/agribusiness-summit-registration. To take advantage of this offer remember to use your ID Code KELLOGG when you register.

We can also confirm that the venue for the Kellogg networking function on the Sunday evening before the Summit will be held between 5 – 7pm at a Central City venue. We will provide more details on the venue in the New Year. 

So come join us for a fun two days of networking, discussion and debate. Remember to also spread the word to your Kellogg cohort.

If you have questions about registering for the Summit or the Cocktail Function and Networking event get in touch with us at programmes@ruralleaders.co.nz.

Kelloggers in the News

Recently the following  Kellogg Scholars Kate Taylor and Alice Rule featured in the news for their achievements and research work.

Click on their photos to read the media articles.

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor

Kate was recently named the Rural Champion in the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019 in October, following being elected to represent the Aramoana-Ruahine Ward on the Central Hawke’s  Bay District Council.  

Alice Rule

Alice Rule

Alice who is one of our most recent Kellogg graduates and an emerging young leader in sustainability focused her research project around the circular economy of glass in the New Zealand wine industry. Through her work, she hopes to drive awareness about using glass made in New Zealand in the wine industry.

‘Kelloggers’ – 50% of new Nuffield Scholars

Nuffield Scholars 2020

We were delighted to announce in November our 2020 Scholars. Three of the new scholars Tracy Brown, Phil Weir and Edward Pinckney all previously completed the Kellogg programme. This is a great next step for the three ‘hands on’ farmers. 

Read the Scholar bios here.

Phil Weir, Tracy Brown  & Edward Pinckney are the 3 scholars featured to the left of this photo at the Nuffield Awards Ceremony

2020 NZ Rural Leaders Calendar of Events

International Market Study Opportunity
Expressions of Interest

NZ Apples & Pears and Massey Business School are calling for expressions of interest for the Executive International Horticultural Immersion Program (Exec IHIP) which is scheduled to run from 25th Jan to 7th Feb 2020.  The programme provides emerging leaders, executives, and growers the opportunity to follow the selected horticultural value chains into key European markets. 

Click here for more details about the programme or contact Erin Simpson erin@applesandpears.nz , Hamish Gow h.r.gow@massey.ac.nz and Emma Boase e.boase@massey.ac.nz for more information regarding the program.

Volunteer to host an Open Farm Day

The first nationwide, Open Farms day event is on 1 March 2020. Open Farms is looking for 100 farms around the country to host an open farm day for urban Kiwis. Participation is open to farmers from all sectors – sheep and beef, dairy, horticulture and arable etc. 

This is an opportunity for Kiwi farmers to proudly tell their story, in their own way, directly to our urban customers and cousins and not filtered through the media.  To see what is required to host and sign up visit www.openfarms.co.nz.

Kelloggers Konnect #1: Management Overview

In June 2017, after a three
year trial partnership between Lincoln University & the Nuffield NZ Farming
Scholarship Trust the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust (NZRLT) was formed to
manage the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and the Nuffield Scholarships under
one umbrella organisation.  This created
a leadership pathway with more efficient resources and greater collaboration
with key organisations.

Following the establishment of the NZRLT, some of our key achievements had included:

  • Becoming an independent self sufficient entity, removing the reliance on Lincoln University administration but retaining an office and continuing to run the Kellogg programme on the Lincoln University campus.
  • Set up of the NZRLT board made up of Nuffield Trustees and two independent Trustees
  • Launching of our new branding with a new brand for Rural Leaders (our umbrella body for NZRLT), a new brand for the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and a refreshed the Nuffield brand.
  • Developed a single website retaining ability for direct access to each programme but with the new branding and a consistent look and feel between the three brands.
  • Appointed a new programme leader for Kellogg programme with Dr Scott Champion coming on board in June 2017. (Patrick Aldwell remains in a project support role).
  • Delivered a great one-day Alumni Summit in May 2017.

2018 Highlights/Achievements

2018 was planned to be a year
of consolidation and getting some of our processes and systems bedded down,
however it turned into a busy year of constant programme innovation, exploring
of new opportunities and organising events. A summary of the key activities
over the last 12 months include;


  • Launch of new branding and website as
    detailed above.
  • Appointed a part-time contract marketer
    – Clara Sweetman to drive our marketing activities.
  • Significantly increased media
    coverage of Kellogg and Nuffield projects and alumni supported by our media
  • Had at least 5 alumni featured in On
    Farm Story by Farmers Weekly as well as David Kidd starring on a Country
    Calendar episode.

Financial & Sponsorship

  • Re-signed four of our programme
    partners for a further period – thank you for your support Farmlands, Zespri,
    Hort NZ, FAR.
  • Welcomed on board
    new Service partner KPMG, and & Media partners NZ Farming Life (Dairy
    Exporter & Country Wide) and Global HQ (Farmers Weekly & Dairy Farmer).
  • Introduced new accounting and
    reporting systems as required under the Charities Act, with the support of our
    KPMG partner.
  • Put in place sponsorship plan and
    prospectus for the Nuffield 2020 programme of events in March 2020.


  • Farewelled
    and thanked Chair Juliet Maclean for her exceptional leadership and
    contribution to the developments, particularly the establishment of the new Trust
    and branding.
  • Welcomed James Parsons on to the
    board as Nuffield appointed Trustee.
  • Recruited, after a robust selection
    process, a new independent Board member, Louise Webster who started the role in
    January after travelling and researching agri food developments overseas for 6
    months (click here for more info on Louisa).



  • Ran two 6 x month Kellogg programmes with
    the graduation of 48  industry leaders with
    a broad diversity of sectors, geographical location, gender, age, ethnicity.
  • Published 48 new pieces of rural
    research for industry and public use.
  • Increased the marketing reach of
    Kellogg participants with apiculture, forestry, and pork.


  • Hosted
    a Nuffield International GFP New Zealand leg in Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty in
  • Delivered
    a fantastic, well supported Nuffield NZ Biennial Conference in Tauranga in May
  • Selected
    five high quality 2019 scholars (see their profiles here)
  • Delivered
    an insights forum with 2018 Scholars and debated implications for NZ with  investing partners and Board
  • Hosted
    the 2019 Nuffield Awards with over 75 industry guests & alumni attending
  • Launched
    Nuffield 2020 Triennial event globally with a great video resource

The Team

Our vision of “Growing NZ
Through Thriving Rural Communities” and the achievement of the steps toward
this could not be achieved without the ongoing contribution and time of the

Rural Leaders Team: 

Staff: General Manager, Anne Hindson;  Programme Coordinator, Lisa Rogers;   Marketing & Communications Contractor, Clara Sweetman

Trustees: Andrew Watters (Chair), Hamish Fraser, Michael Tayler, James Parsons, Craige Mackenzie, Associate Mart Hocken and Juliet Maclean (chair prior to June)