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March 2021

Podcast episode (March 2021):

Farming Energy

This month’s podcast features Cam Henderson (2019 Nuffield Scholar) on the topic farm energy solutions.

Cam used his Nuffield research to explore links between agriculture and energy and how technology can work to harness farmed energy sources including waste matter to supply national energy needs.

Click here to read Cam’s bio. 

Research Report: Farming Energy: Opportunities to help New Zealand reach net zero carbon 2050

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

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

New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust: Independent Board 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 Independent Trustee.

This role is voluntary and for a term of three years.

Click here to find out more about the Independent Trustee role.

Applications close on 7 April 2021.

New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust: Marketing & Comms Manager

NZ Rural Leaders are seeking a new Marketing & Communications Manager. This role will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the marketing strategy to attract high quality applicants to our programmes, to grow our brand profiles and relationships with alumni, investing partners and industry partners.

This is a permanent role (30 – 35 hours per week) based in our Head Office at Lincoln University, with some flexibility to work from home.

For more information about this position please contact Lisa Rogers, Programme Manager on 021 139 6881.

Click here for the Marketing Manager’s Position Description.

Applications close on Thursday, 15 April 2021.

The Mackenzie Study

We are starting to measure the entrepreneurial capital created by our scholars in this study.

We have had pleasing and interesting results from our first sample group of scholars in the ‘Mackenzie Study.’ The data gathered from recent Nuffield and Kellogg scholars indicated:

  • Significant gains in participants deepening and improving the quality of their networks.
  • Large‐magnitude gains in the self‐assessed likelihood of founding a new start‐up.
  • The percentage of respondents who said they were “currently setting up a new business” rose from 6.7 to 20.0%.
  • Significant gains in self‐efficacy, tolerance for uncertainty and time consistency.

For more in depth information on the study click here.

Nuffield News

Nuffield National Focus Programme Tour

Nuffield 2020 & 2021 Scholars at Huntly House
Nuffield 2020 & 2021 Scholars at Huntly House at the start of their NFP Tour (Absent from photo: Ed Pinckney 2020 Scholar)

Our Nuffield 2020 and 2021 Scholars wrapped up their National Focus Programme three-week tour around New Zealand on the 14th March. The Scholars travelled from the Northland region and wrapped up their tour in Southland. 

Scholars captured observations both inside and outside the food and fibre sector, they met senior leaders, farmers and growers while learning about a number of different industries, ranging from livestock and horticulture to wool growers. 

They are now busy preparing their insights and observations which will be presented at the upcoming Nuffield Biennial in late May.

Nuffield 2021 Biennial Conference | Wairarapa

Keynote speaker
Sir Peter Gluckman

Registrations are now open for the Nuffield 2021 Biennial Conference – ‘Fast Changing Food Systems’.

Join us at the Nuffield event of the year, and learn how as a food producer you can help to shape the future of our fast changing food systems. Participate in the discussions and debate around consumerism, food, markets, land use, technology and global challenges.  Enjoy connecting with your fellow Nuffielders.

Conference Features:

  • Key Note speaker Sir Peter Gluckman
  • 2018 – 2021 Nuffield Scholar insights and presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Visits to innovative businesses
  • Industry Speakers

Registrations are now open. Click here for more details on the Conference programme.

When: Thursday 27– Sunday 30 May 2021
Where: Wairarapa, Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton 
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Ticket prices : $390 (incl gst) – partners welcome

For conference enquiries please contact Desley Tucker on 027 429 6735.

Kellogg News

Applications are open now for the 2022 Kellogg courses

We were pleased to see a large number of applicants for our 2021 courses, after applications closed earlier this month.

As we are experiencing a growing number of applicants for the programme we recommend that potential candidates apply for the 2022 courses sooner rather than later. With a maximum of 24 participants per course, we don’t want anyone to miss out next year!

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 for the 2022 Kellogg courses.

Kellogg 2022 Course Dates
Lincoln Course 1 – 25 January – 8 July 2022
Applications close: 14 November 2021

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


Kellogg course fee to increase in 2022

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know about a price increase to our Kellogg Courses in 2022. The new course fee will be $6,495.00 (excl gst).

This fee adjustment – which is our first since 2014 – ensures that we continue delivering a state of the art course format, along with strong management and delivery of the six month programme.

Rural Leaders are registered with the NZTE business Capability Scheme, which means that some candidates may be eligible to receive funding assistance up to 50% of the Kellogg course fee.

Click here to find out more about the funding assistance from NZTE.

Alumni in the Spotlight

Congratulations to Ben Allomes (2015 Nuffield Scholar) who was selected as one of seven Directors to the CoVE Board.

Cam Henderson (2019 Nuffield Scholar) and dairy farmer joins DairyNZ’s Board of Directors, as a new Associate Trustee.

2018 Kelloggers Belinda Price and Rebecca Miller were named as this year’s finalists for the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award.

Leadership opportunities

Associate Member for Owl Farm Management Committee

Applications are currently being sought from farmers in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area.  They should be already demonstrating leadership capabilities, and looking for an opening into governance, whilst also helping Owl Farm achieve its goals.

Close date: Friday 30 April 2021.

Find out more >>

Manager – KPMG Propagate

New Zealand’s long-term economic success is dependent on a number of key segments performing, central to this is the food and fibre sector and our exports.
It’s apparent organisations are dealing with an ever-increasing level of internal and external complexity on a daily basis.

KPMG Propagate is an internal start-up which changes the way we organise ourselves to serve these needs combining industry experience with the independence and rigour of KPMG.

We are looking for people who are aligned in values, passionate about the food and fibre sector, and bring energy with different ways of thinking based on their experience.

Find out more >>

Advisor – KPMG Propagate

As this is a dynamic area and often a high-trust situation with clients, we are looking for a team member who is comfortable with uncertainty, has a genuine passion for the sector with a strong set of values who is keen on helping us grow this area of KPMG’s business.

Those with both a technical and business background would enjoy the challenges the most and will be the most effective.

Find out more >>

He Tātai Rangahua - The Food and Fibre Youth Network

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have a great opportunity for 7 “young” people to participate in shaping the future of our Food and Fibre Sector.

He Tātai Rangahua – The Food and Fibre Youth Network is a new initiative for primary sector youth to actively participate in a voice to raise industry issues and provide input into critical decisions related to the future of the sector.

The MPI are working with NZ Young Farmers to put in place a process to allow this to happen in a pan sector, formal way, and are also appointing a Council of 7 young people to govern the much wider reaching Food and Fibre Youth Network – He Tātai Rangahua.

Applications close 5pm Friday 9th April.

Click here to find out more about this initiative.

News from our investing partners

Dairy Environment leaders inspire and challenge farmers at a dairy forum

Dairy farmers at the Dairy Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington have heard first-hand what will be required of all New Zealanders in order to meet our climate change obligations.

Read the full article.

FMG celebrate 116th anniversary

On 16 March 2021 Rural Leader’s Strategic Investment partner FMG celebrated their  116th anniversary as a Mutual. 

Read the full article.

Industry news

The Knowledge Hub Podcast - 'Valuing our Consumers'

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

In this March podcast episode Kate Scott (2018 Nuffield Scholar & Founder of Landpro & GroundHQ) talks to Andy Elliot (2018 Nuffield Scholar) and Jason Ross (CEO & Co-Founder of First Light) about connecting with our consumers.

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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