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Scholar profile – Mat Hocken

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2017 Scholar

Mat Hocken

Mat Hocken

Bio & research

Mat Hocken is carrying on the family legacy, farming the Manawatu property that has been in his family for over 125 years.

He returned to the family property, Grassmere, in 2013 after a successful career studying law and politics and working overseas in consultancy roles covering areas like climate change and energy.

Mat’s report aims to provide a model for generating and capturing ideas to solve the wicked problems of food and agriculture.

The key element to solving this is bringing to bear the focus, passion, practical application and entrepreneurial drive of our farmers and growers. The innovation model needs to put them at the centre and build an innovation consciousness amongst our farmers and growers.

Read the full report >>

Current employment

Glassmere Dairy Limited
Business owner

Other Affiliations

Rural Innovation Lab
Co-founder & Chairman

Massey University Business School
Advisory Board Member

My Farm Investments
Director

New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust
Former Associate Director

Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei
Former Dairy Chairman

Contact

Region

Manawatu

Industry

Dairy Farming

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Mat Hocken

Education

2004
MA, Cambridge University
2002
‘Bar Exams’ Institute of Professional Legal Studies
2001
LLB and BCom University of Canterbury

Scholarships & Awards

2019

Rabobank Emerging Leader Award
Australia & New Zealand

2017

Nuffield New Zealand Scholar

2014

Manawatu Sharemilker/Equity Farmer Merit Award: LIC Recording and Productivity Award

2003

Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship

2003

Cambridge Blue

2002

Cambridge University RUFC Scholarship

1999

Canterbury Rugby Academy Player of the Year

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