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December 2020

Welcome to the last edition of The Rural Leader for 2020!

It’s been an amazing year, where many of us have faced hardship as we adapted to new ways of living and doing things.

As 2020 comes to a close and Christmas is right around the corner, the team at Rural Leaders wish you a wonderful Christmas break, filled with laughter, joy and happiness with your loved ones. We look forward to catching up with everyone again in the New Year.

In this issue

Rural Leader’s Podcast Series :

Pāhautea presents

If you’d like to profile your research or any innovative work in your business, industry or community that you’ve been working on since your studies then please get in touch with us at

Click here to download the ‘Pāhautea’ podcast  and listen to the 2019 and 2020 Nuffield research presentations and panel discussions as well.

Last week we officially announced the launch of our new podcast series Pāhautea: Ideas that Grow.

The first episode featured Mat Hocken, a 2017 Nuffield Scholar and dairy farmer from the Manawatū region.

In this episode Mat shared his experiences from his 2017 Nuffield journey and how he chose his research topic ‘Innovation in Agriculture’ which eventually led to the creation of the Rural Innovation Lab.

The idea behind the initiative was to create a trusted place where innovators can design, deliver and work with farmers and growers throughout the innovation process.

NZ Rural Leadership Trust Board: Associate Trustee position 2021

The Board of Trustees for the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust (responsible for governing the Nuffield Scholarships and Kellogg Rural Leadership Programmes) wish to appoint an Associate Trustee as a governance development opportunity.
This role is open to Nuffield and Kellogg Alumni.
Applications close on Friday 22 January 2021.

2020: the year it was...

Nuffield News

2020 Nuffield Scholars

Insights from a year of living precariously

For the first time, the New Zealand Nuffield Scholars have worked together to deliver collective insights, following the disruption of COVID19 on the Nuffield 2020 Scholars travel plans.

While being confined to their NZ bubbles, our scholars have had conversations with food and fibre producing leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on the primary sector.

From these conversations Scholars have worked together to deliver four collective insights around supply chains, innovation, people and strategies.

Watch the 2020 Scholars deliver their insights at the 2021 Nuffield Awards Ceremony in November this year:

Save the date: Nuffield Biennial Conference 2021

Thursday 27– Sunday 30 May 2021

Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton

Registrations open March 2021.

Further information to come.

Map Masterton

Nuffield UK Launches new website

Nuffield UK are excited to launch their new website which interfaces with the Nuffield International Database & Scholar Portal and the Nuffield International Study Report Library. 

Nuffield UK have worked hard to improve and develop their old website, and view this as an evolving project. Phase two of this project, taking place early next year, will include a new event booking system and amendments to the Scholar applications.

International Scholar Portal

The Scholar Portal is the facility for Nuffield Scholars to login and view the Nuffield Alumni database, in the same way that was originally available on the Nuffield International website. It is now being hosted by the Nuffield UK website.

Scholars are now responsible for updating their own data. If you have any difficulty please contact Tamney Hoyle, the New Zealand Regional Database Manager at

Please note, this facility is for Nuffield Scholars only.

Nuffield International Study Report Library

The Nuffield International Reports library has had a facelift and is now hosted within the Nuffield UK’s website. Browse through the extensive library of International Scholar reports, including those from Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, France, Canada, Ireland, USA and Brazil. Search more than 600 reports published since 2006 by keyword, author, country or year using the search bar and filters below. 

This facility is open to all to access.

Kellogg News

Congratulations to our most recent Kellogg Course 41 graduates!

Kellogg 2021 Courses

Tai Tokerau

Applications for the Kellogg Tai Tokerau Programme close on 31st January 2020.

Apply now before the silly season starts!

If you know someone from the Northland region who you think would be a great candidate for the programme, be sure to forward this link on to them and encourage them to apply before the application close date.

Click here for more information on the Kellogg Tai Tokerau Programme:

Applications for Course 2 in 2021 in Lincoln are now open!

Course dates : 22 June – 25 November 2021

Don’t forget to share through your networks and encourage potential applicants who you think would be a great fit for a Kellogg to apply.

Applications close on 15 March 2021

Click here for more information on our 2021 course dates:


Alumni Spotlight

Siobhan O’Malley and Wayne Langford , winners of the 2020 ‘Champion Award’

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.’

Read more here.

News from our Investing Partners

AGMARDT Food & Fibre Aoteroa NZ Challange

Agmardt have announced the launch of the first AGMARDT Food & Fibres Aotearoa New Zealand Challenge, a new initiative designed to spur innovation.

Read more about the initiative on their website and share with your networks. 


Rural Leaders partners with Whanganui & Partners

Rural Leaders are delighted to announce our new partnership with Whanganui and Partners to help grow regional leaders and entrepreneurial capital in Whanganui’s food and fibre sector.

Read more about our partnership. 

Fonterra and Nestlé are teaming up with DairyNZ

To expand a promising plantain trial to help improve waterways and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Read more about it on the DairyNZ website.

Latest news/events & Leadership Opportunities in the primary sector

Save the date: International Leadership Alumni Virtual Conference

Part 2 – Leadership in Times of Crisis

Mark your calendars and join the ILAC on their second virtual leadership event on January 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Note: US Eastern Time is 18 hours behind New Zealand.

Click here to register

Call to all scholars: Update your details

Rural Leaders are updating our Scholar’s records to further develop the search functionality on our website. The aim of this work is to make it easier for people to search for Scholar Research Reports on our website and to keep up to date with any new innovations, ideas and work being undertaken within the primary sector by our Nuffield and Kellogg Alumni.

Please spare a few minutes to update your details below to let us know what you have been up to recently.

To update your details

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Our programmes work in partnership with some of New Zealand’s leading agribusiness organisations – click here for more.​