Whenua Kura Newsletter – OCT 2016


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.


2017 Programmes Confirmed

We have now confirmed our courses for 2017. Click here to download a copy of our prospectus or to enrol.

Certificate of Apiculture (Level 3)


In response to the rapidly growing manuka honey industry and the associated demand for a skilled workforce we are expanding our offering with the Certificate of Apiculture (Level 3). The course is one year beginning at the end of January and will be based out at Te Whenua Hou.

New Zealand’s primary sector is dependent on healthy pollination of fruit, seed and nut crops for its survival. Beekeeping has an essential role to play in this process and a Certificate in Apiculture produces skilled and highly employable graduates.

Whenua Kura was privileged to hold its noho marae at Ōtākou Marae from 22 – 24 July 2016. A group of about 30 students and staff from Whenua Kura descended onto Ōtākou Marae from Lincoln University’s Te Waihora campus in Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu farms in North Canterbury and Lincoln University’s Telford campus in Balclutha. These students are are all studying towards their Certificate in Agriculture (level 3), Certificate in Farming (Dairy) (Level 3), Diploma in Agriculture (Level 5) and Diploma in Farm Management (Level 6) through Lincoln University.

The noho marae began with a mihi whakatau on Friday 22 July, where the group were warmly welcomed onto the marae by Poua Edward Ellison, kaumātua of Ōtākou Marae and an alumni of the then Telford Farm Training Institute.

Among the activities for the weekend were a tour of the marae and a presentation from Wiremu Cottrell (Ngāti Kahungunu), Senior Associate Credit Writer for the BNZ bank.



Oranga Pāmu

The first Oranga Pāmu Hauora Day was held recently at Eyre Lodge, Te Whenua Hou. The aim of these events is to bring the community together and offer them access to health providers and community services to ensure the well-being and health of our farming whānau.

There are now around 130 people living in the Te Whenua Hou community and around a hundred of them took time out of their work day to attend the hauora event. Ngāi Tahu farming staff and Whenua Kura students were provided with a ‘health passport’ and encouraged to visit the different providers offering everything from free blood pressure and eye tests to advice on diabetes, money management, sexual health, cardio-respiratory health, tax refunds, immigration dental care, insurance, breast screening, rongoā Māori and more.



Tri Lamb Young Leaders Program

Tumoana Harrison-Boyd (Ngāti Porou) recently returned from the Tri Lamb Young Leaders Program field trip. Six delegates are chosen – two from each of the partner countries (NZ, Australia and he United States) to participate in 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. “It was a really great trip.” says Tumoana. “There was so much to learn but probably the most important take home message for me was the need to come together and create an international network to get a better price for our products.
“Part of our mahi was around working on the promotion of our product in the US – creating the brand story to take to the US. For me I see a real opportunity to create a Māori story.”

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.
Tumoana is planning on continuing his studies in 2017 and has enrolled in the Diploma of Farm Management.



We are excited to confirm registrations for Unleash the Māui – Māori Land Based Summit have now opened. The summit is designed to harness the energy of Māui within our people and unleash it to enable innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for the land (whenua) that he so expertly created. The three day summit will be held at the Lincoln Events Centre in Christchurch from 8 – 10 February 2017

It will explore issues and priorities and challenge thinking with a view to:

  • Growing Māori leadership within the Land Based Sector
  • Progressing innovative solutions to enable Māori success
  • Aligning the Māori land based-sector with hapū, iwi and Māori advancement aspirations
  • Exploring deeper and more collaborative solutions to the key challenges facing the sector
  • Celebrating and acknowledging our successes as motivation to continue to progress our future
  • Show case high performing Māori enterprise

Click here for further information or to register

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