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Welcome to the this edition of the Rural Leader. 

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Allan Pye (1982 Nuffield Scholar). Many will have known, or known of Allan who passed away peacefully at Burwood Hospital on Saturday, 16 March, at the age of 83. Allan was affectionately known as ‘The Spud King’. He will be missed greatly by the Nuffield Community.

The second pilot of the Engage Programme runs 1-3 May. The Programme was developed with Lincoln University and offers a ‘Food and Fibre 101’ for those entering the Sector. It’s proving useful as a farming systems knowledge refresh for many too. Why not take advantage of the never to be repeated pilot pricing for the three days of $300 +GST per person?

The 2024 Nuffield Biennial Conference ‘New Energy’ is rapidly approaching. The Conference runs 23-26 May and is open to all Nuffield Alumni and their partners. Find out more on the planned schedule and how to book.

The final piece on stage one of the FFCoVE Leadership Project is nearing completion. This builds on the first two reports, both available on our site, under the Thought Leadership tab. This final report tentatively titled ‘Realising leader potential in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Food and Fibre sector’ is in three parts: why we lead, how we lead and how we grow leadership. The report will be available for wider circulation around the end of April. 

In this issue’s Ideas that Grow Podcast, Jen Corkran, 2023 Kellogg Scholar, talks to Bryan Gibson about her day job with Rabobank, providing red meat insights to clients and farmers. Jen also reveals what her Kellogg research tells us about trust, truth and the way farmers take on information.

We provide some FAQ’s as we head to the close of applications for Kellogg Programme Two; this coming Sunday at Midnight. Boost your leadership capability with this highly regarded programme, specifically designed for our country’s rural leaders. 

In Alumni in the Spotlight our 2024 Nuffield Scholars have been busy in Brazil. We share a few social media updates from Rachel Baker and Jenna Smith to paint a quick picture of the Contemporary Scholars Conference, which ran from 9-17 March in Campo Grande.

In the Rural Reader, Dr Patrick Aldwell’s latest book review is on Beyond Betrayal – Trouble in the Promised Land. As we enter a period of debate on Te Tiriti, this book is an important read for all rural leaders.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Rural Leader.

The Team at Rural Leaders.

Ideas that grow podcast.

Jen Corkran – Trust, truth and how we learn.

Farmers Weekly Managing Editor Bryan Gibson speaks to Jen Corkran, Senior Animal Protein Analyst at Rabobank and a 2023 Kellogg Scholar.

Jen discusses her day job to provide red meat insights to clients and farmers. Jen also reveals what her Kellogg research tells us about trust, truth and the way farmers take on information.

Click here to listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

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Engage - a Food and Fibre 101 for newbies (or a farming systems refresh for the not so new).

The first pilot of Engage at Marr Farms, near Methven. 

The Engage Programme is the ideal induction into Food and Fibre.

Engage is as much for those without a background in agriculture as it is those who seek to refresh their sector knowledge. It is particularly suited to people entering, or connecting with, the Food and Fibre sector in advisory, regulatory, or farmer-focused policy roles. 

Because the Programme is still being run as pilots, we are able to offer places at about 20% of the intended fee. For just $300 +GST per participant you will accelerate a group’s, or team member’s sector knowledge in just three days.

Here are just a few comments from participants on a recent Engage Programme:

Expansive and thought provoking.”

“Excellent – well worthwhile . Good combination of high-quality presenters.”

“An informative (few) days, challenging my thinking on how we approach the climate change question.”

“I feel better armed to have significant and positive discussions with customers, peers, intermediaries, and to talk to real life challenges and opportunities with real examples.”

“Genuinely, a lot more stimulating than anticipated. Amazing speakers.”

Check out this article on the first Engage and how to apply here.

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Rural Leaders 2024 key date update.

Here’s a quick rundown of the programmes and event key dates we have coming up in 2024. 


Kellogg Programme One (K51), 2024

Phase 2 – In session. April 8 -12 Wellington. Networking event tomorrow, Wednesday 10th
Phase 3 – July 8 -12 Lincoln  

Kellogg Programme Two (K52), 2024

Phase 1 – June 18 – 26, Lincoln
Phase 2 – September 9 – 13, Wellington. Networking event on Wednesday 11th
Phase 3 – November 25 – 29, Lincoln
Apply today. Applications close this Sunday, 14 April.


– Programme Two (Pilot), 1 – 3 May
– Five additional bespoke Engage Programmes underway (for an organisation wishing to bring knowledge
base up for five large groups). March x1, April x2, June x2


Field Days, June 12-15, Mystery Creek, Hamilton


– Nuffield Biennial, 23 – 26 May, New Plymouth
– Wine Pro Conference, 27 June, Blenheim
– Young Farmer of the Year Awards, 13 July, Hamilton
– Horticulture Conference, 28-30 August, Tauranga
– Kellogg Networking Event, 11 September, Wellington
– Nuffield Awards, 5 November, Wellington.


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Saves you asking - Kellogg FAQ's.

With applications closing in just six days, here are a few answers to the few final questions you may have about the Programme. We look forward to receiving your application soon. 

Check out our Kellogg FAQ’s here.

Programme key dates below.

Programme Two, Lincoln: 11 June – 29 November 2024

Phase One (Lincoln):
Tuesday 11 June – Wednesday 19 June 2024.
Phase Two (Wellington):
Monday 9 September – Friday 13 September 2024.
Phase Three (Lincoln):
Monday 25 November – Friday 29 November 2024.

Applications close Sunday 14 April, 2024.

Apply for 2024’s Programme Two now.

Got a spare 6 minutes? Take a look at our Kellogg Brochure here.

Allan Pye passes peacefully.

Allan Pye (Nuffield Scholar 1982), passed away peacefully at Burwood Hospital on Saturday 16 March at the age of 83.

Allan’s funeral service was held on the farm at 276 Rise Road, Winchester on Friday, March 22, at 2.00pm. Messages to The Pye Family, 251 Rise Road, R D 26, Temuka, 7986.

You can also leave condolences here. 

Many knew Allan as ‘The Spud King’ after building a large potato business on both sides of the Tasman.

Allan was always happiest working on the farm. In a recent Herald interview, he was quoted as saying, “I love sitting on a header. There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting on a header and harvesting 10 to 12 tonne per hectare crop of wheat. It’s better than anything.”

Allan John Pye
16 February 1941 – 16 March 2024

Nuffield Biennial 23-26 May.

New Energy, the 2024 Nuffield Biennial Conference.

There’s just over a month to go until the Nuffield Biennial begins in Taranaki.

Open to Nuffield alumni and their partners, this key event runs 23-26 May.

The Nuffield Biennial features a stellar line up of new technology and innovation, networking opportunities and the best produce from the Taranaki region. Take a look at the Conference schedule and details here.

Alumni in the Spotlight: Jenna Smith and Rachel Baker in Brazil.

The 2024 Nuffield Contemporary Scholars’ Conference, Campo Grande, Brazil (9-17 March).

2024 Nuffield Scholars from across the globe headed to Campo Grande in Brazil for the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC).

Our own Scholars: Rachel Baker, Jenna Smith, Carlos Bagrie and Peter Templeton joined Rural Leaders CEO, Lisa Rogers and Chair, Kate Scott at the Conference. For many, the Conference kicks off their broader research travels.

To give some idea of the sights seen and insights gained on the nearly month-long time abroad on the CSC and post conference tours, we share a few of Jenna and Rachel’s LinkedIn posts and images.

Read on here.

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The Rural Reader: Beyond betrayal. Trouble in the promised land.

Dr Patrick Aldwell reviews a book that will be interesting to anyone trying to understand New Zealand’s early British settlement history better.

As Patrick describes it, the author Keith Newman, discusses the people, events and misinterpretations that have led to the ongoing complexities behind this history. 

Take a read of Patrick’s review here.

News from our Partners.

Farmer’s Voice: AgriHQ takes a read of farmer sentiment.

Our friends at AgriHQ have launched a way for Kiwi farmers to share their views on farming issues.

The Farmer’s Voice is a survey that is designed to measure the mood of our farmers and growers today.

Complete the survey here and go into the draw to win a $500 Prezzy Card.

People, leadership and motivating the next generation: Talking Dairy Podcast.

Join DairyNZ for this podcast on people leadership. This episode of Talking Dairy focuses on the attraction and retaining of staff. It looks at the importance of Te Ao Māori in leading and influencing teams.

Tawera Nikau and Tina Ngatai share their thoughts on the subject.

Take a listen here.

Leadership opportunities.

Associate Director Programme, Moana New Zealand

Aotearoa Fisheries Limited trading as Moana New Zealand is the largest Māori owned fisheries company in New Zealand. They are excited to offer 3 opportunities for aspiring directors; 2 with Moana New Zealand and 1 with Sealord.

These are unique opportunities for skilled professionals, with diverse backgrounds and careers to develop their governance capability and become tomorrow’s boardroom leaders. Learn more here.

Risk and Assurance Committee Independent Member and Independent Chair.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is seeking 1-2 independent members for the Risk and Assurance Committee with one of those independent members to serve as the committee’s Chair, both for a 3 year term. 

You will need to have proven and extensive experience as a director, preferably within a Local Government, environment or related sector. Learn more here.

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