Siobhan O’Malley and Wayne Langford – win Primary Industries ‘Champion Award’ 2020

Congratulations to two of our Kellogg Alumni – Siobhan O’Malley and Wayne Langford – who were the winners of the 2020 ‘Champion Award’ at the Primary Industries Awards on 23 November in Wellington. 

Siobhan and Wayne were selected as winners of this category for their outstanding efforts as Founders of their National Charity ‘Meat the Need.’

What is the Champion Award?

“The Champion Award is intended to enable the primary industries’ community to recognise the efforts of one of its own. This is an award for the grassroots unsung hero, the genuine ‘good bugger’ who has championed their rural community and their industry. The award goes to an individual who goes beyond their own farm or business, to help others with their own challenges either in times of extreme need or in times of daily necessity.” (Copy sourced from 

The Primary Industries 2020 ‘Champion Award’ category is also sponsored by Rural Leader’s Service partner Federated Farmers.

Siobhan and Wayne are the Founders of ‘Meat the Need’ a national charity that supplies much needed meat to City Missions and food banks. The Meat is donated by farmers, processed, packed and delivered to those most in need.

Find out more about ‘Meat the Need’ and donate here.

Kellogg Tai Tokerau Networking Event – 1st December 2020

Join us at the Kellogg Tai Tokerau Networking Event!

Tuesday, 1st December at 6.30pm

At the Orchard, 35 Walton St, Whangarei

Hear from our Northland Kelloggers – Paul Martin and Graeme Peter about their Kellogg experience. Network with other Kelloggers!

Explore how doing the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme in Tai Tokerau in 2021 can help you accelerate your career in the Food and Fibre Sector.

Paul Martin, 2016 Kellogger

“The Kellogg programme has been a key part in my governance journey. I’ve developed a number of networks through the course. Those networks have supported me and inspired me to continue my growth both professionally and personally.”

Paul Martin

Paul is a self-employed Agribusiness Consultant working under the Headlands banner, with clients throughout the Northland region. In addition to his consultancy work Paul is involved in a number of governance roles within the Dairy Industry and Bee Industry. Locally, Paul is the President of the Whangarei Bee Club, and a Trustee of Reconnecting Northland.

Paul’s 2016 Kellogg research topic focused on ‘How New Zealand dairy farmers can thrive in the face of milk price volatility.’

Graeme Peter, 2020 Kellogger

“The connections and learnings I have gained from doing a Kellogg are incredible. I feel very privileged to be part of the course and in particular the calibre of my cohort.”

Graeme Peter

Graeme is the Regional Food Safety and Assurance Manager for Fonterra in Northland. He works with farmers in Northland on animal welfare, food safety and assurance claims on farm.

Graeme will graduate from the 2020 Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme at the end of November. His Kellogg research topic is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility of Aotearoa Dairy Farmers – the Current Situation and How We Win.’ This body of research focuses on the four pillars of corporate social responsibilities (economic, legal, ethical and philanthropic).

Graeme’s drive is to keep Aotearoa dairy farmers and their families as leaders on the world stage, in our farm systems and animal welfare. Graeme says “The Northland Dairy sector faces many challenges and my Kellogg project has helped me bring a wider New Zealand and international view to these issues and has also provided access to incredibly talented and informative people.”

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 Need charity or to donate click here: https://meattheneed.org/

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 here to listen to Sarah’s Country podcast >>>

Programme partners update

We were pleased to welcome LIC on board as a Programme Partner in June this year with the signing of a three-year agreement.

Our partnership with LIC helps support NZ Rural Leaders mission to grow world class leaders capable of local, national and international impact.

LIC is a herd improvement and agri-technology co-operative that empowers farmers through the delivery of superior genetics and technology.

Find out more about LIC here.

Rural Leaders are pleased to have re-signed a three year partnership agreement with GlobalHQ in July.

GlobalHQ is a data and information business supporting New Zealand Agripreneurs, including every farmer in the country. Their brands include Farmers Weekly, Dairy Farmer, Onfarm Story,  Agri HQ, Farmer’s Voice, Sarah’s Country.

We thank GlobalHQ for their continued support in helping us deliver the Kellogg and Nuffield programmes.

Find out more about Global HQ here.

NZTE Funding Assistance for Kellogg Applicants

Rural Leaders are now registered with the NZTE business Capability Scheme. applicants may be eligible to receive funding assistance up to 50% of the Kellogg course fee.

Kellogg applicants now may be eligible to receive funding assistance up to 50% of their course fee.​

Do you qualify for funding?

The following criteria will be used by the Regional Business Partners to identify whether or not your business qualifies for funding:

  • Have undergone an assessment with a Regional Business Partner (i.e. Growth Advisor)
  • Have fewer than 50 full time employees.
  • Are registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Are operating in a commercial environment.
  • Are a privately owned business, or are a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.
  • Demonstrate a desire to innovate and grow.

For more information or to apply for the funding available through NZTE, please visit their website.

Or click here to find out more about the new Kellogg Regional Initiatives.

To receive updates on Kellogg courses and initiatives, register your interest here:

Kellogg Course : Cancellation Policy

We select each course intake based on a mix across sectors, region, gender, culture and age. Unsuccessful applicants are advised once the selection decision is made. 

Withdrawals after the selection process, therefore, create a change in the desired mix of participants and possible unfilled positions on the course.  A cancellation policy will apply as follows:

  • Cancellation within one month of course start:                 
    75% refund
  • Cancellation within 7 days of course start: 
    No refund
  • Course deferment/transfer:
    Admin fee of $250 +GST if more than one month prior to course start date

Please note:
Only one course transfer/ deferment will be accepted before cancellation policies above will apply.

If payment has not been received an invoice will be sent for the relevant cancellation/ deferment fee.

Written applications for refunds due to circumstances beyond control will be considered on an individual basis.

Meat The Need NZ

New Charity launched by Wane Langford & Siobhan O’Malley

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.’

Wayne and Siobhan are both Kelloggers, Wayne completing the Kellogg Programme in 2014 and Siobhan in 2018.