Rural Leaders New Zealand

The Rural Leader

February 2022

Farmers called it the worst harvest season they could remember. Three weeks of continual rain held up harvest work significantly. Layer in the pandemic, and this must have been one of the most stressful harvests in a long time. Our thoughts are with the producers impacted by these challenging conditions.

Leading the headlines for Rural Leaders is the shift in date for the Value Chain Innovation Programme. This will now begin 18 September 2022, with applications closing 10 July. It was felt that due to Omicron’s spread, we would be unable to deliver the programme to the standard we require. You can read more here.

The Nuffield Scholarship Programme is now underway. We hear from 2022 Scholars Anthony Taueki, Lucie Douma and Parmindar Singh, as they share their notes on a busy couple of weeks at Lincoln for their induction.  

Two phases of two different Kellogg Programmes have been completed so far this year. The Programme’s hybrid in-person and online delivery creates a dynamic energy with great pacing – we look at one recent online Kellogg phase two session, covering Public Relations. Here’s a sneak peek into the new format.

Two Scholarships have been made available by Te Puni Kōkiri, for the upcoming Kellogg in Whanganui. This is an extraordinary opportunity for passionate Māori in the Food and Fibre Sector. It covers programme fees and gives applicants the chance to develop leadership skills closer to home. 

Applications for Kellogg Whanganui close in two weeks. If you intend to apply, or know someone that should be applying, they have until 13 March. Check out the details here.  

Rural Leaders have built on the regional collaboration with Whanganui and Partners, in place for Kellogg, to create Strategy for Lunch. Strategy for Lunch is a series of short, online, strategic sprints to help business owners engage more confidently in business strategy discussions and design. 

Finally, in our Ideas that Grow Podcast, we hear from Richard Fowler, 2016 Nuffield Scholar. Richard talks about alternative proteins and the challenges and opportunities they bring for dairy, sheep and beef, and arable producers. 

The Team at Rural Leaders.

Ideas that grow podcast.

Richard Fowler:
Alternative Proteins – less a threat, more an opportunity?  

Bryan Gibson talks to Richard Fowler about alternative proteins and the challenges and opportunities they bring for dairy, sheep and beef and arable producers. 

Richard is a 2016 Nuffield Scholar who operates a dairy farm in Maketu, in the Bay of Plenty. 

Listen to the podcast here.

His Nuffield research was on alternative proteins. You can read his report here:  Will it have legs: An investigation into synthetic food and the implications for NZ agriculture.

Notes from the 2022 Nuffield Induction Programme.

From media training to visiting Alumni like the Aclands of Mount Peel Station, the 2022 Nuffield Scholars share some of their experiences from the start of their Nuffield journeys.  

Click here to read the full article >>

Value Chain Innovation Programme has a new start date.

Due to the acceleration of the current Covid outbreak, it will be challenging to deliver the Value Chain Innovation Programme to the high standard we require, and participants expect.

The decision has therefore been made to shift the start date for this programme.

Programme is now scheduled to start in September with the immersion tour running from 18 through to 30 September 2022.  
Applications close Sunday, 10 July 2022.

Find out more.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Programme Manager Lisa Rogers at or call 021 139 6881.

Kellogg Whanganui - two new Te Puni Kōkiri Scholarships on offer.

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

Careful decisions are made on where to focus efforts – to this end we’re excited to announce two new Scholarships are on offer from Te Puni Kōkiri for the the May start Kellogg in Whanganui.

Applications close midnight Sunday, 13 March 2022.

Find out more about these opportunities >>>

Changing the narrative - joining an online Kellogg session.​

We listened in on a Phase Two Kellogg Zoom session with Sam Halstead of Latitude Strategy and Communication. On it we learn that if we want to ‘Change the narrative’ for the primary sector, we need to nurture relationships and seek a deeper human connection. 

Read the full article >>

Kellogg updates and dates.

There’s three weeks to go to secure your place on Kellogg Whanganui. Together with Whanganui and Partners, we’re bringing New Zealand’s most respected rural leadership programme to Whanganui in May. Find out more about this programme below. 

Kellogg Lincoln, June start is filling up fast. We recommend getting your application completed as soon as you can. 

Kellogg takes applicants from up and down the country, especially for the Lincoln programmes. And, with these now offered in the regions once a year, the geographic spread of scholars’ home bases can be seen on the diagram to the left. It means that the diversity of each cohort offers an increasingly wider pan-sector view. 

Kellogg, May start, Whanganui

3 May – 21 October 2022
Applications close: 13 March 2022

Find out more about the 2022 Whanganui Programme  >>>

Kellogg, June start, Lincoln

21 June – 2 December 2022
Applications close: 17 April 2022

Find out more about the 2022 Lincoln Programme  >>>

Whanganui and Partners and Rural Leaders serve Strategy for Lunch.

Already working together for the delivery of Kellogg Whanganui in May, Rural Leaders and Whanganui and Partners have developed Strategy for Lunch.

There’s plenty happening in Whanganui in the coming weeks.

Learn more about this new programme and key dates for the region’s upcoming Kellogg. 

Click here to find out more or follow this link to register.

The FMG Young Farmer of the Year - Tasman Regional Final.

What is New Zealand’s largest horticultural export? What was New Zealand’s average dairy herd size in 2021? What are the three functions of a harvester? Seven Regional finalists battled it out last Saturday night in the final quiz round of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year – Tasman.

We give you a quick rundown of the night. 

KPMG Food and Fibre Insights Course.

KPMG New Zealand and the University of Waikato have partnered to deliver a new and unique Food and Fibre Insights Course. 

The part-time course is for working professionals seeking to expand their knowledge agri-food system topics. It will deliver insight collated from experts across New Zealand and the world. 

An exclusive discount code has been offered to Rural Leader readers.

Find out more or download the brochure on the right.

There’s something in the air.

A Green Paper ‘Managing forestry land-use under the influence of carbon’, by Lawrence Yule, is likely to add to the growing discussion on carbon farming and its impact. The paper outlines the risk short-term land-use decisions may have on rural land-use flexibility, communities, and exports.  

The paper has been released before an upcoming workshop bringing together, the Forestry Minister, councils, forestry groups, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and Local Government. 

If you haven’t already, you can read a recent Beef and Lamb NZ article and the paper itself here. 

Last days to register interest in a New Zealand Rivers Trust Board opportunity.

This is a governance role providing leadership and oversight support for the running of the New Zealand River Awards, which are held biennially. To find out what the Trust is looking for in an applicant, click here. 

We’re looking for your top shots.

You can probably spot a stock image a mile away, right? We think there’s nothing better than the authentic photos you’ve taken – to celebrate our sector. Especially the good ones. We’re after the shots you’re happy to share with us of your primary sector experiences, here or abroad. 

These could be on-farm, from businesses across the value chain, or any shot you think exemplifies the primary sector, its people, and its many textures. 

This isn’t a competition. Quite honestly, we just need more imagery. Can you help us out? Here’s a few shots others have shared with us recently. 

Fire shots (at least 1mb file size) through to 

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