E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā o te motu, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa.
Welcome to our first pānui (newsletter). We will be sending these out every couple of months to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening at Whenua Kura. In this pānui we celebrate the launch of our 2016 cohort at Koukourārata, our leadership hikoi to Ahuwhenua, and our quiet achievers. On behalf of Whenua Kura, I would like to thank our partners and supporters for your tautoko over the past two years.
I would also like to thank our funders TEC and MBIE for support of the Māori and Pasifika Trades training initiative and Te Puni Kōkiri, Ngāi Tahu Tribal Economies and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for our Whānau Ora activities. Without the support of all our funders, partners and supporters, this kaupapa we wouldn’t exist.
Our vision for Whenua Kura is focused on getting our people back on the land, and for our whānau to be economically secure, culturally engaged, socially connected, and environmentally sustainable.
Whatungarongaro Te Whenua, toitū te tangata – as man disappears from sight, the land remains.
Nāhaku noa, nā,
Kaiarahi/Director – Whenua Kura
Last month a delegation from Whenua Kura and Ngāi Tahu Farms headed to Hamilton for the Ahuwhenua Awards. It was a great night for the team – made even more so by having one of our students as an award finalist – congratulations Ash-Leigh Campbell on being a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Trophy Māori Young Farmer of the Year – an awesome effort! Ash-Leigh is currently studying towards a Diploma in Farm Management and is an active member of Young Farmers. Click here to read a recent article on Ash featured in the Farmers Weekly. http://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/dairy/view/connected-to-the-land-and-water
Congratulations also to the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation for being the first ever South Island dairy farm to win the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award dairy. Their 216ha farm, Tahu a Tao near Ashburton has a long and proud history dating back to 1886. They currently run around 830 Kiwi cross cows.
2016 Whenua Kura cohort welcomed at Koukourārata
In March we welcomed 46 new students at a pōwhiri and noho marae held at Koukourārata. The students are enrolled in a mix of dairy, agriculture and horticulture courses.
Recent 2015 Graduates
In April nine Whenua Kura students form the 2015 Dairy cohort graduated in a ceremony at Tuahiwi Marae with a Level 3 Certificate in Farming (Dairy). Over 100 whānau, friends and guests attended with Dallas Seymour as the guest speaker. Of this group seven have now found full-time employment with two moving into full-time roles on the Ngāi Tahu Farms – ka pai koutou.
Leadership Cohort Hīkoi
Getting ready for Ahuwhenua awards. Whenua Kura staff and students, Ngai Tuahuriri Manawhenua, Koukourarata staff and Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu staff.
Miraka and Wairarapa Moana Inc visit
On May 19 & 20 our leadership cohort accompanied by manawhenua kaumātua and partner organisations embarked on a hīkoi to see first hand some successful Māori businesses on route to the Ahuwhenua Awards. On the first day we toured the Miraka factory and Wairarapa Moana Inc where we were hosted by Te Horipo Karaitiana and Nick Hulme.
Fonterra visit – Lichfield
On the second day we visited the Fonterra Lichfield factory hosted by Anne Haina and James Caygill before heading off to the awards. This was a great opportunity for our students to see first hand what can be achieved.
Organic Horticulture – Koukourarata
This year our offering has expanded to include the Telford Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3). This course is being delivered at both Koukourārata under the guidance of Manaia Cunningham and at the Lincoln University Te Waihora campus. It has been an exciting development for our students to have the opportunity to work with Koukourārata and their mara kai projects. Their long-term vision for building a local economy, creating jobs and training opportunities and their use of innovative science and traditional practice makes them a perfect learning ground for our students.
Oranga Pāmu, the new Te Whenua Hou Community Committee is working hard to create an environment where Ngāi Tahu Farming employees and their families feel more socially connected to each other and to their wider communities.
The group, which had its first meeting in March, aims to be the voice of Te Whenua Hou community, and a number of mothers from the farms have joined forces with other community members to initiate a series of activities and events to grow friendships and connections. Some of the activities include: kapa haka, community gardens, karaoke and a children’s playground.
Last month members of our team travelled to Rotorua to attend the 2016 Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference hosted by Ngāti Pikiao. This global conference is designed to encourage indigenous nations to come together to address the issues and impact of suicide in our communities.
Waitaha Regional Kapa Haka
Some of our Whenua Kura students recently competed in the Waitaha regional Kapa Haka competitions in Ōtautahi as members of Te Ahikaaroa and Te Pao a Tahu. We wish them the best of luck in their lead up to Te Matatini 2017 in Ngāti Kahungunu next February.
Big ups to Tumoana Harrison
Congratulations to Whenua Kura graduate Tumoana Harrision who was recently selected to participate in the Tri Lamb Young Leaders Program. Only six delegates are chosen – two from each of the partner countries: NZ, Australia and the US. Doug Macredie of Beef and Lamb NZ says that making the final decision is always really difficult due to the high caliber of applicants to the program. “The Young Leaders program attracts some really great candidates with huge potential but at the end of the day we can only choose two. I believe Tumoana is clearly a future leader for the sheep meat sector and will benefit enormously from being part of the Young Leaders Program.”
The program includes an 11-day field trip across New Zealand and Australia visiting industry based events and provides opportunities to develop and share knowledge of sheep meat production and practices and to demonstrate awareness and leadership aspirations in the industry.
Tri Lamb is a partnership between Beef & Lamb New Zealand, The American Sheep Industry Association and the Sheep Council of Australia which aims to optimise Lamb Meat supply chain synergies and production systems.
In the News
Recently Whenua Kura and Ngāi Tahu farms hosted 16 students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi and Te Pa o Rakaihautu in Christchurch. The students were part of a pilot project jointly led by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and the Mātauranga team of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, in conjunction with Careers New Zealand. As part of the programme they got to visit the Ngāi Tahu Farms to see first hand what’s involved in working on the farms.
Check out this awesome video made by Careers NZ to showcase the agricultural sector to rangatahi. Big ups to our Whenua Kura and Ngāi Tahu Farms peeps for their starring roles!
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