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It is the time of year that peo­ple start look­ing ahead to 2018 and what might be avail­able for per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment. With the strength of the hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tor cur­rently, there are in­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to take ad­van­tage of within the sec­tor but also else­where in the agri-food sec­tor. An in­creas­ing num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from the hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tor have un­der­taken the Kel­logg Ru­ral Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme, es­pe­cially with the in­tro­duc­tion of two course op­tions - Jan and June. Some Kel­log­gers have pre­vi­ously done the shorter and sec­tor fo­cused Hor­ti­cul­ture NZ lead­er­ship course and have en­joyed ex­pand­ing their hori­zons to greater un­der­stand­ing of the wider New Zealand agri food sec­tor and lead­er­ship chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Hor­ti­cul­ture NZ and Ze­spri are pro­gramme part­ners and both use the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a place on the course each year for an emerg­ing leader from the sec­tor. Ze­spri has just opened applications for the 2018 cour­ses. The pro­gramme, which can be man­aged while work­ing full time, in­volves 17 days of pro­gramme con­tent de­liv­ered over three res­i­den­tial blocks in an in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions, dis­cus­sions, case stud­ies and de­bates. The lead­er­ship skills and tools pro­vided by spe­cial­ists are prac­ticed and grown over the 6 month pro­gramme.

Some great projects which pro­vide a plat­form for lead­ing dis­cus­sion and de­bate have come from hort sec­tor Kel­logg grad­u­ates with some re­cent projects;

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with our grow­ers – Daniel Birnie

Fam­ily Suc­ces­sion Plan­ning and Gover­nance (hort sec­tor fo­cused)– Dy­lan Bar­rett & Cameron Hill

Avoid­ing Com­pla­cency in Ki­wifruit Biose­cu­rity – Matt Dyck

• New Zealand Grow­ers Pri­or­i­ties – An­gela Hal­l­i­day

• The most prof­itable way to har­vest as­para­gus in New

Zealand – Tim van de Molen

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for faster in­no­va­tion in the ki­wifruit sec­tor

In­creas­ing the pace of change in the ki­wifruit sec­tor – bar­ri­ers & mo­ti­va­tions – Chrissy Stokes

Applications for the 2018 Jan­uary course close on 16 Oc­to­ber while the June start applications close 19 March 2018. The web­site www.kel­logg.org.nz has in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails.

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