The Rural Leader – November 2020

The Rural Leader

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Rural Leaders New Zealand

November 2020

Welcome to the first edition of The Rural Leader!

This newsletter is bought to you by Rural Leaders and replaces the E-Nuff and Kellogg Konnect quarterly e-newsletters.  

Each month we will bring you the latest news from our two leadership programmes – the Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship Programme and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

Our mission at Rural Leaders is to grow world-class leaders for our country through our leadership programmes.  Join us each month to learn more about our programmes. Catch up on the insights from our Nuffield and Kellogg leaders and the innovative work they’re doing in their businesses, rural communities and across the food and fibre sector.

In this issue

Rural Leader’s to launch new Podcast Series :

ideas that grow.

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a new podcast for Rural Leaders in the next couple of weeks. The podcast is called  ‘Pāhautea : Ideas that Grow’.

Pāhautea means ‘Flourishing’. Our mission at Rural Leaders is to grow world-class leaders. And our new podcast is all about growing ideas, and alumni profiles, so we felt that ‘Pāhautea’ was a fitting name.

We will be facilitating one interview each month with a Kellogger or Nuffielder. 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 We will follow up with you to arrange a time to do a pre-recorded interview for the podcast.  

This month we’re excited to launch the podcast series with our first interviewee Mat Hocken, 2017 Nuffield Scholar. Mat is the owner of Grassmere Dairy Ltd a family farm on the banks of the Oroua river in Manawatu, milking 1,000 cows. He is also one of the founders of the Rural Innovation Lab set. An initiative set up to help entrepreneurial farmers and growers connect with like-minded thinkers and new ways to solve problems, to get ahead of the changes and disruptions in farming. 

Mat will be talking about his Nuffield experience and the work he’s currently doing with the Rural Innovation lab and how the Nuffield Scholarship helped him fast track his ideas.

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

Nuffield News

2021 Nuffield Scholarships Announced

Meet the latest cohort of emerging leaders in New Zealand’s primary sector who were awarded a 2021 Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship on Tuesday, 3rd November at Parliament.

The recipients of a 2021 Nuffield Scholarship are:

  • Lynsey Stratford – equity partner in a 420 cow dairy farm  in Curio Bay, Consultant for People MAD Ltd & Dairy Environment Leader 
  • Daniel Eb – comes from a family beef finishing block in Northland and is the Director of Dirt Road Comms 
  • David Eade – owner/operator of a red meat finishing block in Whanganui & GM of Apiary Solutions
  • John Foley – Senior Seed Production Agronomist for PGG Wrightson Seeds in Canterbury
  • Ben Anderson – owner and manager of a dry stock farm in the Central Hawkes Bay, with a focus on deer velvet

Find out more about our 2021 scholars

2021 Nuffield Scholars
From left to right : Lynsey Stratford, Daniel Eb, David Eade, Hon Minister Damien O’Connor, John Foley, Ben Anderson

Chris Parsons introduces the 2021 Scholars
on Sarah's Country

Tune in to the interview on Sarah’s Country with Chris Parsons, CEO of Rural Leaders. Chris introduces the 2021 Nuffield scholars and talks about how they will navigate their global research with covid-related travel restrictions.

Or follow the podcast by clicking the image on the right >>


Nuffield Triennial

An update from Michael Tayler, NZ Rural Leadership Trust

It has now been over six months since we made the decision to postpone our Nuffield Triennial Conference so we wanted to update you on our thinking. We are still committed to running the Triennial event here in New Zealand but due to the global pandemic we feel that the earliest we could consider holding the conference is March 2022.

Our planning is now targeted towards this date but will be dependent on Covid19 and the likelihood of international travel. We will be in touch again in mid-2021 when we hope to have a clearer picture of when we may be able to hold our conference.

Stay safe and have a great Christmas.

23 & 24 November 2020


Nuffield 2020 Scholars to deliver insights

UN Food Systems Summit 'Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good'

We are excited to announce that the Nuffield 2020 Scholars will be leading a 90 minute virtual session at the UN Food Systems Summit ‘Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good.’

The session will include four deep insights from ‘The year of living precariously, in a post Covid world’ which were delivered at the Nuffield 2020 Awards Ceremony on 3rd November and a  follow up from the 2019 Nuffield Australian scholars.

The event aims to support preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit by:

  1. Creating a global network of leaders at all levels to drive transformative change for sustainable food systems.
  2. Identifying a set of scalable, ‘game changer’ initiatives to achieve a sustainable foods system and outlining the partnerships, funding and innovation hubs that would be needed to implement them to put forward to the Summit.
  3. Focusing dialogue on an initial set of science-based principles to change the foods system that could be adopted between now and the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

This event aims to provide concrete, multi-stakeholder input into priorities, challenges, opportunities, and game-changing solutions to global Food Systems.

Kellogg News

Save the date

Kellogg Tai Tokerau Networking Event – 1st December 2020

As you may already know, Rural Leaders are hosting the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme in Tai Tokerau (Northland) in 2021 for the first time. 

To provide potential candidates in the region with an opportunity to explore the Kellogg Programme we will be hosting a Kellogg Networking evening in Whangarei on the
1st December.


Click here to find out more about the Kellogg Tai Tokerau course.

If you’re a Kellogg or Nuffield alumni, then why not join us at this event and reconnect with local fellow alumni. If you know someone who you think would be a good candidate for the Kellogg Programme in Northland, bring them along too or forward them the networking event link so they can register and find out more about the course.

Attendees will have a chance to network with local alumni and to listen to Northland Kelloggers Paul Martin (2016 Kellogger) and Graeme Peter (2020 Kellogger) who will share their individual Kellogg experiences. It will be a a great opportunity for those interested in the programme to explore how doing a Kellogg in Tai Tokerau in 2021 can help accelerate their career in the Food and Fibre Sector.

Alumni in the Spotlight

Jim van der Poel, 2002 Nuffield NZ Scholar

Dairy farmer and 2002 Nuffield Scholar, Jim van der Poel was re-elected to DairyNZ’s board at its recent annual meeting in Ashburton.

Mr van der Poel has a three-year term as one of five farmer-elected directors and three board-appointed directors who contribute to DairyNZ’s strategy and priorities on behalf of dairy farmers.

Read more here.

Barbara Kuriger, 2001 Kellogger
& Tim Van de Molen, 2016 Kellogger

Congratulations to Barbara Kuriger, 2001 Kellogger and Tim Van de Molen, 2016 Kellogger who have been re-elected as MPs for the National Party.

Barbara is an MP for King Country and will look after the Energy & Resources, Rural Communities, Food Safety and Assoc. Transport Portfolios.

Tim who is an MP for Waikato will look after Oceans & Fisheries, Animal Welfare and Building & Construction Portfolios.

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.​