Leadership development

Formal training is very useful for growing your leadership skills. Here are some industry organisations that offer leadership development.

FMG Young Farmer of the Year is New Zealand’s Ultimate Rural Challenge inspiring excellence, showcasing innovation and growing human capabilities. The FMG Young Farmer of the Year sets a benchmark of excellence for young people in the agricultural industry to achieve and aspire to. It is also an opportunity for agriculture to celebrate and reward its achievers and to showcase itself to the wider community.

The FMG Young Farmer of the Year portrays New Zealand agriculture as a professional, credible industry that provides a wealth of career opportunities and remains the cornerstone of the nation’s economy. It  is a way to educate people about agriculture and to make rural life accessible for all - for many city people the one hour live televised show is one of their few rural experiences during the year.

Website: www.youngfarmercontest.co.nz

Generate is about self-development and growth-professionally and personally. Whether you are working on a farm, in the rural servicing sector or involved in the rural corporate world, Generate offers the opportunity and tools to focus on developing your attitude, character, personal principals and people skills.
Generate is fantastic for developing:

  • Self confidence
  • The ability to work effectively with people
  • Improving productivity
  • Goal setting strategies
  • Marketing and promotional skills
  • Overall leadership skills

Generate courses take place across NZ (North and South Island) and are delivered by experienced and motivating facilitators. The programme is based on nine day-long workshops which take place over a five to nine month period. Generate graduates receive a nationally recognised Certificate of Rural Leadership.

The Generate course is still free for 2012 and 2013 and is open to New Zealand residents over 16 years of age.


Phone: 0800 TARATAHI (827 2824)
Email: generate@taratahi.ac.nz

The New Zealand Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme develops emerging agribusiness leaders to help shape the future of New Zealand agribusiness and rural affairs.

Through residential workshops, seminars and personal study over an 11-month period, up to twenty-four men and women who live and work in rural New Zealand meet to:

  • develop solid leadership skills
  • learn how political, cultural, social, economic and physical forces impact on New Zealand agribusiness; and
  • establish networks with leaders from New Zealand and beyond.


WebsiteKellogg Rural Leaders

NZYF is a progressive and dynamic social network for rural youth which develops the leadership and personal skills of its members through participation and achievement. 

NZYF is a nationwide network of Clubs; members have regular meetings and organise social events and activities for their Club and sometimes the wider community.

There are great leadership and personal development opportunities within NZYF. Members run professional meetings and have the ability to become a chair, vice-chair, secretary or treasurer of their Club.

Members gain organisational skills from running various activities and events that reflect their interests and widen their career skills as they develop and grow in their chosen profession. They also gain a social awareness by raising money for their Club or charities within their community and the country.

Website: Click here to find out more about leadership opportunities within NZYF

Each year up to three scholarships are awarded by the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust; these are New Zealand's most valuable and prestigious farming awards.

The award offers the opportunity for overseas travel, study of the latest developments in a number of leading agricultural countries, and provides an entrée to leaders and decision makers not accessible to the ordinary traveller.

In addition, the New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust provides a network for information through newsletters, the website and conferences between former scholars to keep them up to date with Trust developments.

WebsiteNuffield New Zealand

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