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Unleashing tomorrow’s leaders

The whenua kura, unleash the māui programme is breaking new ground for young Māori eyeing a career in the primary sector.

Māori interests across the sector are growing with 50 per cent of the fishing quota, 40 per cent of forestry, 30 per cent in lamb production, 30 per cent in sheep and beef production and 10 per cent in dairy production, according to New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade.
However, according to Bob Cottrell (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa) from the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), a key partner behind the Unleash the Māui programme, there still needs to be more Māori in the sector.

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Beyond the Cow Shed

Ash-Leigh Campbell is an up-and-coming leader in the primary sector. At just 28, she already has a solid decade of experience, from milking dairy cows to sustainability management and sector-related technology and innovation training. The hands-on dairy farm work saw her named the first wahine finalist in the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Dairy Farmer Awards and recognition for her leadership qualities at the New Zealand Young Farmers Excellence Awards. And for the past 18 months, Ash-Leigh (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki) has been employed by the iwi as Technical Farm Manager with Ngāi Tahu Farming – a role she says has grown in scope alongside her.

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Road to Redemption

At Te Taumutu Rūnanga near the waters of Te Waihora, Liam joined other men in similar situations. Led by Te Mairiki Williams (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hauiti ki Rata) the men were soon learning the ways of their ancestors.

“The main thing was that Matua (Te Mairiki) made us turn away from distractions. He said us Māori get distracted by too much.

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