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.

Nuffield five for five.

Image:Nuffield Scholars in study [supplied]

With five days to go until applications for the 2022 Nuffield Scholarship close, we thought we’d give five reasons as to why receiving a scholarship now, may represent a quantum gain in benefits over previous years. So calling all potential Nuffield Scholars, here’s some more food for thought.

  1. There have never been so many of New Zealand’s best business leaders and innovators in the country at the same time.
    There are a few silver linings to the global pandemic. One might be the number of influential people affiliated to innovation and the food and fibre sector, who have returned home. While their move may not be permanent, now is the time to meet and connect with them. Nuffield can help with that.

  2. With a programme that has adapted to the global pandemic, scholars currently have more flexibility, closer to home.
    We face many challenges right now. So, being away from family, farm and work could be tough on some. As a result of the global pandemic restrictions, the programme has adapted successfully by adding a deeper local layer, along with virtual and global input.

  3. No matter what happens with regard to global travel, Scholarship recipients still receive $40,000 to conduct research.
    Whether the borders open up or not in the short to medium term, the Scholarship funds are not adjusted. In a situation where the borders do open, your global travel component will continue, safely.

  4. Nuffield Scholars’ experiences and enhanced skillsets are increasingly in demand.
    As the rate of change in food and fibre and beyond increases exponentially, Nuffield Scholars’ exposure to research, innovation and leadership development, means their knowledge is always needed in governance and industry.

  5. Scholars will be part of the new Value Chain Innovation Programme (VIP).
    Two weeks’ immersion into more than ten of New Zealand’s established, novel and disruptive value chains.

    The Value Chain Innovation Programme introduces Scholars to value chains beyond their own. It represents an opportunity to meet, draw ideas from and connect with people across many industries.

    Thinking of launching a product, or adding another to a range? This is just one way the VIP can help.

Want to be part of this? Apply now.

Back to the August 2021 issue of The Rural Leader.

Enuff August 2020

Welcome to the August Enuff!

In this edition, you’ll find an update on the revised programme and national travel plans for our Nuffield 2020 Scholars since the COVID lockdowns.

Also included are links to the 2018 Nuffield Scholar presentations, now available in video and podcast. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to the Scholars research findings and insights – you won’t be disappointed!

Click on the links below for all Nuffield updates:

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

If you have any questions about the Nuffield programme please contact us at programmes@ruralleaders.co.nz.

The Team at Rural Leaders

Nuffield 2020 Scholar programme update

Following the COVID-19 lockdowns this year and restrictions on international and national travel, we have had to continually adapt the 2020 Scholarship Programme.

Travel for our scholars (for their national focus programme) has been deferred. The 2020 Scholars will now join with the 2021 scholar cohort in February/March next year to embark on a road trip around New Zealand to assist with their Nuffield research.

For the remainder of this year the 2020 Scholars’ focus will be on conducting a survey on the sector impacts of COVID-19. Scholars will be supported with a monthly zoom session with selected speakers.

This will be followed by a Scholar retreat in October 2020 to spend time going through reflective practice and also taking in some strategic organisations.

Lastly, they will present their findings in November at the Nuffield 2021 Awards in Wellington.

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Nuffield 2021 – selection is underway

Applications for the Nuffield 2021 Scholarships are now closed.

We were pleased to have received 20 applications from a very strong pool of candidates.

Selections for the 2021 Scholarships are now underway. Successful candidates for a 2021 scholarship will be announced at the Nuffield Awards Ceremony in Wellington, in early November.

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2018 Scholar presentations

In mid-August we released the 2018 Nuffield Scholar presentations and panel discussions.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to catch up on the presentations you can get access to them here on the Rural Leaders website in both video and podcast formats.

This series includes the following presentations and panel discussions:

Scholar presentations:

Panel discussions:

  • Panel Discussion 1 – Scholars Simon Cook, Andy Elliot, Solis Norton discuss their research insights
  • Panel Discussion 2 – Scholars Kate Scott, Turi McFarlane discuss their research insights
  • Panel Discussion 3 – 2018 Scholars : Opportunities within New Zealand food & fibre sector in a post covid world

A big thanks to Rebecca Hyde, 2017 Nuffield Scholar for facilitating the presentations and panel sessions with the 2018 Scholars.

Nuffield obituaries

John Kneebone, 1966 Nuffield Scholar passed away recently, our thoughts are with his wife Kay and his family.

John was based in Waikato and was instrumental in helping set up the National Fieldays in the format that we know today.

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.

Read the full article >>

Enuff May 2020

We hope that you are 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 Leader’s team have been working remotely and ensuring communications with our alumni. Tamney and Lisa are happy to help with any enquires you have regarding the Nuffield Scholarship Programme – Programmes@ruralleaders.co.nz

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

The Team at Rural Leaders

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 >>

Register Now!

Nuffield Webinar series – 2019 presenting Scholars

Yesterday we kicked off the Nuffield Webinar series where our 2019 Nuffield Scholars Hamish Murray and Corrigan Sowman presented their research findings. Next Tuesday (26th May) we’ll hear from Cameron Henderson and Hamish Marr, followed by our final 2019 presentation by Ben Hancock on Tuesday, 2nd June.

We’re delighted to deliver this webinar series to you following the postponement of the Nuffield Conference where our scholars were originally due to present.

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

Click here to register for the weekly webinar series 

For those of you who are unable to join the webinars, we will be emailing you the recorded webinars to watch at your convenience.  And look out for an invite in the coming weeks to join the 2018 Nuffield scholars’ presentation webinar series which will commence shortly after the 2019 scholars’ presentations. 

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


Register now for the Nuffield Talks Webinar hosted by Nuffield Brazil, where you’ll hear from four Brazilian scholars about preparing for the next 24 months – views from grain farmers around the world.

The event will be broadcast live on YouTube on Thursday, 21 May at 10am (Auckland time zone) and participants will be able to write their questions via the chat function during the webinar.

Register here for the webinar www.bit.ly/nuffieldtalks2005.

Make sure you follow the Nuffield International Farming Network on YouTube.

Nuffield Programmes 2020 & 2021

It is evident we are in for a couple of unusual years where we need to stay flexible and creative in the delivery of all our programmes.

Click here to read our May update on what comes next for Nuffield.

Nuffield2020 Triennial postponed

The Nuffield2020 Triennial was to be one of the largest events in New Zealand that Rural Leaders would host. The decision to postpone the event was made in March, following the government border and lockdown decisions.

As we’ve had a great deal of support from those registered to deliver the event again, a decision will be made soon about rescheduling this event in the future.

Our New Programme Partner – Rabobank, and more…


Nuffielders in the news

Mat Hocken on working smarter

Mat Hocken, 2017 Nuffield NZ Scholar and Chairman of the Rural Innovation Lab recently featured on Sarah’s Country along with his wife Jana. They talked to Sarah about the concept behind their venture the Rural Innovation Lab and how to work smarter, not harder. 

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Craige Mackenzie on Climate Change

Craig Mackenzie, 2008 Nuffield Scholar, recently featured in the Irrigation NZ News, Autumn 2020 edition (see page 16).  With knowledge about climate change and the environment, farming for the future is a passion for Craige.  Read the full article here ‘Climate change: A Farmer’s perspective.’

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Nadine Porter in Wales

Nadine is a 2017 Nuffield NZ Scholar and in recent years has been living in Wales. Earlier this year, she was appointed to the Welsh Red Meat Promotion Board (Hybu Cig Cymru) for a period of three years. “This position allows me to advance my views on the need for global messaging around red meat

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Welcome to our latest edition of Enuff, the third this year, all of which we hope will help to keep you updated on our latest operational activities, scholar insights, scholar news and upcoming events.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Enuff 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

2020 Scholars

2020 Scholars pictured from left to right: Phil Weir, Tracy Brown, Edward Pinckney, Shannon Harnett, Ben McLauchlan

We were delighted to announce in November our 2020 Scholars who reflect a real diversity in background and sector interests, including Dairy Farming, Agriculture and Horticulture, Dry Stock, Sheep, Beef & Grazing and Viticulture.

Read the Scholar bios here.

What is the future?
Global insights from 2019 Scholars

After a year of travel and global learning experience, our 2019 Scholars have returned home with interesting insights and opinions.

Click on the Scholar photos below
to hear what each of our scholars have to say about the challenges facing both the global and domestic agri-food sector.

Cam Henderson Energy the next ag evolution?
Corrigan Sowman Food producers in pressure cooker
Hamish Murray Bridging the communication gap
Ben Hancock - Farm societies have common issues
Hamish Marr Attacking the noblest profession

Nuffield NZ Conference – 20 – 22 March 2020 Presenting Scholars

The Nuffield New Zealand Conference will feature 2018/19 presenting scholars and their topics followed by robust debate and discussion.  Find out more about the presenting scholars topics here.

2018 Presenting Scholars and their topics

Click on the Scholar photos below to access their reports.

Andy Elliot - Research Topic: Exporting Aotearoa - A new business model for nutrition & health focused export companies
Kate Scott - Research Topic: Enabling better environmental outcomes in agriculture
Simon Cook - Research Topic: On-Farm Biosecurity. The Importance of the Farm Gate
Solis Norton - Research Topic: Energy use in NZ’s primary food production chains & a transition to lower emissions
Turi McFarlane - Research Topic: Farm planning for a sustainable future
2019 Presenting Scholars and their topics

2019 Scholar reports are not yet available online

Cam Henderson
Food, Fibre and Fuel?Exploring opportunities to farm energy to profitably reach Net Zero Carbon

Corrigan Sowman
Understanding how pressure impacts farmer decision making

Hamish Murray
Developing and leading effective self-managing teams

Ben Hancock
Mind the Gap: bridging divergent stakeholder values

Hamish Marr
Can we farm in New Zealand without Glyphosate and other synthetic chemicals?

Nuffielders in the News

Recently the following  Nuffield Scholars, Mat Hocken, Mel Poulton and Lucy Griffiths featured in the news for their recent achievements and new appointments:

  • Matt Hocken – wins 2019 Rabobank Emerging Leader Award
  • Mel Poulton – appointed as NZ’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, Minister for Trade & Export Growth
  • Lucy Griffith’s – appointed to the Independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP) for Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFF Futures).  

Find out more about their achievements below:

Nuffield2020 International Conference and Triennial

There is now just over three months until New Zealand hosts the Nuffield2020 International Conference and Triennial. Thank you for all your support in helping to promote this event. We are very excited about the programme we have put together with lots of fantastic visits, speakers and experiences for our delegates and partners. The numbers registered have already exceeded our expectations. We still  have plenty of room for more people to attend and we’d love to have as many New Zealanders join us as possible. So if you are still thinking about attending all or part of the conference there are lots of options available over the 11 day programme. View the programme here.

Nuffield International Agribusiness Summit

The Nuffield International Agribusiness Summit programme is being regularly updated with new speakers. As the Summit is open to the wider agri-sector, we hope that  you can continue to promote this fast paced one day event to your wider networks.
Check out our great line up speakers at the Summit

Michael Taylor, Chairman Nuffield2020

Registrations received so far:

NuffieldNZ Conference
Agribusiness Summit
Triennial part one
Technical tours

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. 

The program will immerse participants in world’s best practice systems, collaboration, innovation, and consumer and market trends through Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.  The program will finish at Fruit Logistica, Berlin. 

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.