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January 2021

Rural Leader’s Podcast Series :

Pāhautea presents

Siobhan and Wayne were the winners of the 2020 ‘Champion Award’ at the Primary Industries Awards in November this year – for their ‘Meat the Need’ charity. You can read more about their work and success here.

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.

This month’s podcast features two of our Kellogg Alumni – Siobhan O’Malley and Wayne Langford, co-founders of Meat the Need – a charitable supply chain that allows NZ farmers to donate their produce to NZ families and food banks.

In this episode Siobhan and Wayne discuss how the Meat the Need charity came into fruition, the importance of the strong supply chain partnership they have with SilverFern farms and the level of participation from farmers so far in supporting the initiative.

You’ll also hear about the motivation behind their online blogs – The Yolo Farmer Blog (created by Wayne) and Siobhan’s blog Pukeko Pastures. Wayne and Siobhan also touch on their experiences on the Kellogg Programme, their research topics, and then a wrap up with their views on farming in a post covid world.

The Mackenzie Study

Measuring the Entrepreneurial Capital created by Kellogg and Nuffield Scholars

Through the generous support from our strategic partners MacKenzie Charitable Foundation, Rural Leaders will shortly be conducting a study into the impacts of both our Nuffield and Kellogg Programmes since their inception. The results of this study will help us to benchmark and improve on the delivery of our programmes.

The study will be undertaken by Rural Leaders, with assistance from Otago University into the design and execution of the survey. The study will answer what impact Nuffield and Kellogg scholars have had, what makes standout scholars successful, or how we can lift more scholars into the upper quartile and multiply the outcomes for NZ agriculture, rural communities and the nation more generally.

Look out for the surveys which will be emailed out to all Nuffield and Kellogg Alumni over the coming month or so. We also ask that you support us by completing the survey.

Nuffield News


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent and sudden passing of Mel Poulton’s husband Mike whilst he was on farm. 

Our heartfelt thoughts are with Mel and family at this sad time and we know Mel will be well supported by our Nuffield community.

*Mel Poulton is a 2014 Nuffield Scholar and NZ’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy.

Nuffield NZ - 2020/2021 Scholarship Programme Updates

2020 Nuffield scholars on a South Island farm visit during their lessons collection activity last year; a role-defining knowledge quest to capture the insights of innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

The Nuffield NZ 2020 and 2021 scholars are preparing to embark on their national focus programme tour of New Zealand. This tour replaces the GFP (Global Focus Programme) which has been cancelled this year due to the covid border restrictions.

The aim of this tour is for scholars to develop a deeper understanding of the New Zealand agricultural sector. Each of our scholars will be producing insights reports over the coming months on innovative business models to develop areas of interest to further investigate for their research projects.

Update your details in the Nuffield International Scholar Portal


There is always something on at Nuffield Farming!

Keep up to date with upcoming meetings, webinars and industry events through the Nuffield International Calendar. Take a look at the calendar for a complete list of meetings and webinars and register for upcoming events.

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Urgent call to Nuffield Scholars to update your details

Nuffield International will soon be producing the 2021 Nuffield Farming Directory that contains the contact details of UK and International Scholars. If you are a Nuffield NZ Scholar, please ensure your details are up-to-date by Friday 5th February.

 To update your details, please log onto

If you are logging into the database for the first time on the new website, you will note a red box at the top stating “Please note: This is a new system; your account has been imported. If this is the first time logging in you will be required to set a new password.” You can either click the link on the words ‘new password’ or go to the tab ‘Reset your password.’ Everyone will need to go through this process and you will need to enter your email address, then reset instructions will be sent to that address. If you have any problems, please email Claire at

The 2021 Directories will be ready by the end of March and you are able to purchase them at a cost of £15.00 plus postage. If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact Claire at the email above.

Thursday 27– Sunday 30 May 2021

Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton

Registrations open March 2021.

Further information to come.

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Nuffield Biennial Conference 2021

Introducing the
2021 Nuffield International
Farming Scholars

Nuffield International Farming Scholars announced its newest Scholars for 2021. Seven farmers and agri-professionals from Brazil, the USA, Chile and Japan are successful applicants who join 22 other Nuffield International Scholars as part of a unique global network. 

As Nuffield Scholars, these agriculturalists will spend 14 weeks traveling to explore production agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural policy, and related topics around the world.

Click here to meet the new scholars.

Kellogg News

31 January 2021: Applications close for the Kellogg Tai Tokerau course

If you have been considering applying for the Northland Kellogg Programme, then now is the time to put pen to paper and fill out an application form.

Or if you know someone else who might consider applying, be sure to forward this link on and encourage them to apply before this Sunday.

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

Applications for Kellogg Course 2 - 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:


We have a new Kellogg Course presenter

Meet Rob Hoult

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We’re excited to introduce Rob Hoult, who is a Leadership Development Specialist and a new presenter on the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

Rob is the founder and principal of Team Leader Leadership Development Limited and will be providing specialist training on leadership skills for the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

Prior to establishing Team Leader, Rob completed a thirty-year career as an officer in the New Zealand Defence Force. Rob’s career as a professional leader allows him to talk to other leaders with credibility. His experience leading diverse teams in multi-national settings has provided a depth of practical ability that he can back up through extensive knowledge on the science and art of leading teams. As well as having extensive practical leadership experience, Rob spent over a decade of his service leading the design and delivery of leader development programmes for the New Zealand Defence Force and his contribution in this field was recognised through the award of the Distinguished Service Decoration in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Since establishing Team Leader in 2012, Rob has built a reputation for his ability to engage with a diverse range of leaders, teams and organisations. He has demonstrated success developing leaders and teams whether this be at board level, first level supervisor, or champion sports teams. Rob is at home in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has board experience and has qualified for Chartered Membership of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Rob starts his journey as a trainer/workshop presenter on the Kellogg Programme this week at the start of our first 2021 Kellogg course in Lincoln.

Alumni Spotlight

Phil Weir featured in the January issue of
Country Wide

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Phil and Megan Weir have designed a system to increase dairy grazing income by adding value

Phil Weir (2016 Kellogger and 2020 Nuffield Scholar) and wife Megan Weir are generating returns on a par with a bull beef system by adding value to the dairy support package they offer.

For the past three years, the couple have farmed 250 hectares (the cattle platform is 180ha) in Te Pahu on the slopes of Mt Pirongia, in the heart of Waikato dairy country.

They run breeding ewes, trading cattle and dairy heifers and have developed a grazing package that generates a premium and delivers a product that benefits the client’s dairy operation by ensuring they have well grown heifers entering the herd..

Find out more about how Phil and Megan are running their operation and increasing dairy grazing income.

News from our Investing Partners

MPI Good employer awards

Ministry for Primary Industries have opened entries for the 2021 Primary Industries Good Employer Awards. The awards celebrate food and fibre sector employers who demonstrate exceptional employment practices. Entries are open now until 5pm Friday 5th February 2021.

Find out more >>

KPMG updates their ‘Field Notes’ Platform

KPMG have kick started the year by updating their new Field Notes platform on their website. The Field Notes platform connects you with their weekly update on news from the agri-food sector both nationally and globally.

Read the latest ‘Field Notes’ newsletter and subscribe to future editions on the KPMG website. 

Peter Reidie resigns as CEO of Farmlands

Rob Hewett, Chairman of Farmlands Co-operative Limited,  announced on 21 January 2021 the resignation of Farmlands CEO, Peter Reidie, after a period of five years at the helm of the organisation.

Click here to read the full press release.

Latest news and events in the agri sector

E TIPU – The Boma NZ Agri Summit

Mark your calendar and get your tickets for E Tipu 2021: The Boma NZ Agri Summit on 11–12 May at Christchurch Town Hall. This is the must-attend event of the year: two days of international and national speakers, interactive workshops, valuable cross-sector networking, and more. Learn about new trends, innovative tech, and exponential changes coming at us. Most importantly, you’ll learn how we can adapt our food and fibre sectors to be more innovative, sustainable, collaborative, and profitable now and in the future.

As Rural Leaders is an E Tipu 2021 Partner, we have the added bonus of getting you access to special ticket pricing. Use the code RURALLEADERS to save $100 off of your Super Early Bird Tickets. Don’t delay, though—Super Early Bird Tickets are only available until 31 January.

Get full details and secure your place now at

Host an open Farm day

Rural Leaders are pleased to be channel partner for Open Farms, an initiative led by Daniel Eb one of our 2021 Nuffield Scholars, aiming to build stronger connections between farmers and urban Kiwis.

Click here to find out more about hosting an open farm day on your farm  on Sunday February 21, 2021.

The Knowledge Hub

Catch up on the latest podcasts from GroundHQ’s Knowledge Hub Podcast series.

Including the most recent interview with Chris Parsons (CEO Rural Leaders) and Lindy Nelson (founder of AWDT) on Leadership.

What is our role as leaders to foster change in the rural sector? 

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.

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