Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Rural Leaders Programme Forging Ahead

Rural Leaders Programme Forging Ahead

A programme to develop rural leaders is showing real results, a year after being relaunched by the government, Rural Affairs Minister Damien O'Connor says.

The Rural Leaders Development Programme is designed to help rural New Zealanders become leaders by developing skills such as communications, team building and strategic planning.

"The programme came up trumps for several graduates at the National Bank Young Farmer of the Year event in Greymouth last week," Mr O'Connor said.

"Competition winner John McCaw of Mid Canterbury, runner-up Ben Allomes from North Wairarapa (recently elected New Zealand Young Farmers president), third-placed Elliot Scott of Christchurch and Southland's Paul Turner in fifth, have all completed the course.

"The results are a ringing endorsement of the programme, which aims to encourage motivated people of all ages to step in and assume leadership roles in farming and rural communities.

"It is a small but important part of the government's ongoing support for rural New Zealand.

The NZQA-accredited programme, funded by the Ministry of Education and provided by the Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre, grew out of the New Zealand Young Farmers' leadership development programme, which was initiated three years ago.

"I hope the Grand Final results encourage more people to join the programme. It shows that motivated people can achieve great things when new skills are added to passion and commitment. I applaud Young Farmers for their initiative."

It is now open to an expanded rural audience and people of all ages, with those completing the programme gaining a Certificate of Rural Leadership. The programme is run under the guidance of an advisory board comprising members from NZ Young Farmers, Taratahi and the Agriculture Training Organisation (AgITO).


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages