About Us

our aim

To showcase the primary sector as a career of choice for Māori Create a skilled Māori workforce

Grow Māori leadership in the primary sector

Provide pathways for Māori into training and employment Grow Māori capability and capacity

 Provide a for Māori by Māori service

Take a Māori success focus and approach.

Who we are

Whenua Kura is a national charitable trust focused on growing futures for Māori as leaders in primary sector industries. We are committed to this kaupapa – your journey is our journey – our role is to work with you to help build your career aspirations.

Working in the primary sector means you can contribute to the NZ economy, help to feed the world, play a role in building a sustainable future by being a kaitiaki and support your iwi, whānau hapū to grow assets, leaders and future generations.

Opportunities in the sector are diverse – from those that don’t require any formal qualifications to an increasing demand for highly skilled roles. This means an increased demand for NZQA certificates, diplomas, degrees and post-graduate degrees. We plan to achieve this by aggregating Māori education, in-work training, employment and workforce development solutions across Aotearoa.

 

Our integrated pipleline of programmes

Our National Māori engagement programme. Through the Ora programme we aim to engage with rangatahi to showcase the variety of career options available in the primary sector. ORA is the ‘gateway’ to your career pathway.

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The range of programmes we offer through our tertiary partner institutions, across a variety of industries and academic levels. Enrol, advocate, educate and graduate.

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Through our Mahi programme we work with our graduates to assist with finding and transitioning into employment.

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Our Team

Liz McElhinney (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu)

Acting Kaihautū/Tuhono Whakahaere

Liz has been with Whenua Kura for over 12 months. She offers a diverse range of business management and community development skills, owning and operating two businesses and having held executive positions in iwi organisations, government departments as well as a number of governance positions. Liz has worked in Māori Development positions for 35 years, key management roles were GM Rangitane Ki Wairau Trust and Kaihautu Poumanawa Oranga (Māori Health).

Liz is responsible for: Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Telford (Agricultural Training Institute), AMS Group (PTE) AGMARDT, Red Meat Profit Partners, Forestry Project.

Sharlene Maniapoto
(Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Konohi

Tuhono Whakahaere

Shar has a background in education having worked for many years as the owner/manager of Werohia Development Limited – a Māori Private Training Establishment that delivered training programmes in Marlborough and Tai Poutini ahead of moving to Brisbane for a number of years. She returned home to Marlborough in 2017 and took up a role with Te Piki Oranga ahead of her role with Whenua Kura.

Sharlene is responsible for: NMIT, MSD/MYD, DairyNZ, Plant and Food and MPI, Horticulture Projectct.

Kara Edwards
(Ngāi Tahu – Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, Wairewa Rūnanga)

Tuhono Whakahaere

Kara has been a passionate advocate for Ngāi Tahu values in the management of natural resources for over 20 years. Most recently she was the General Manager, Te Ao Tūroa for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and was the Principal Ngāi Tahu Advisor to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Prior to this appointment Kara worked for the Department of Conservation for nine years as Strategic Iwi Relationship Manager.
Kara is responsible for: the Ngāi Tahu relationship and Te Puni Kōkiri, Tourism and Conservation Projects

Louisa Murray

Our BOARD

Dr Eruera Tarena

Acting Chair

Liz has been with Whenua Kura for over 12 months. She offers a diverse range of business management and community development skills, owning and operating two businesses and having held executive positions in iwi organisations, government departments as well as a number of governance positions. Liz has worked in Māori Development positions for 35 years, key management roles were GM Rangitane Ki Wairau Trust and Kaihautu Poumanawa Oranga (Māori Health).

Liz is responsible for: Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Telford (Agricultural Training Institute), AMS Group (PTE) AGMARDT, Red Meat Profit Partners, Forestry Project.

Carmelle Riley

Tuhono Whakahaere

Shar has a background in education having worked for many years as the owner/manager of Werohia Development Limited – a Māori Private Training Establishment that delivered training programmes in Marlborough and Tai Poutini ahead of moving to Brisbane for a number of years. She returned home to Marlborough in 2017 and took up a role with Te Piki Oranga ahead of her role with Whenua Kura.

Sharlene is responsible for: NMIT, MSD/MYD, DairyNZ, Plant and Food and MPI, Horticulture Projectct.

Donna Matahaere-Atariki

Tuhono Whakahaere

Kara has been a passionate advocate for Ngāi Tahu values in the management of natural resources for over 20 years. Most recently she was the General Manager, Te Ao Tūroa for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and was the Principal Ngāi Tahu Advisor to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Prior to this appointment Kara worked for the Department of Conservation for nine years as Strategic Iwi Relationship Manager.
Kara is responsible for: the Ngāi Tahu relationship and Te Puni Kōkiri, Tourism and Conservation Projects

Thalia Ulrich

Acting Kaihautū/Tuhono Whakahaere

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