Wāhine o te Whenua

Te toto o te tangata he kai
Te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone.
While food provides the blood in our veins,
our health is drawn from the land and soils.

The purpose of this programme is to build awareness of the leadership opportunities available for wāhine Māori across the primary sector and rural communities by empowering, equipping and supporting them to lead in influential roles.

Wāhine o te Whenua focuses on activities related to te whenua (the land), te taiao (the environment), and te hauora (health & wellbeing).

Wāhine will be empowered and supported to:

  • Lead and influence positive change within themselves, their communities and areas of interest
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities and career growth across the food and fibre sector
  • Prepare for change by understaning their own unique strengths and values

Click here to download the 2023 information pack

Programme outline

Wāhine o te Whenua is led by wāhine incorporating matauranga Māori principles, values and experiences. We will dive deep into wāhine Māori leadership development in Aotearoa.
Wāhine o te Whenua will explore and build on the following:

  1. Understanding yourself
  2. Strengthening your leadership - current and aspirational
  3. Communicating with influence
  4. Individual coaching
  5. Online Wāhine Māori Leadership Sessions


Who should apply?

Wāhine who are committed to making positive change in the primary sector and rural communities;

  • Already at the forefront of local or iwi issues but wanting to be more effective in their role
  • Farmers, growers, executives working in the primary sector organisations, community contributors, entrepreneurs, trustees or directors
  • Involved in a primary sector or rural community – eg. Arable, horticulture, dairy, sheep, beef, deer, Māori agri-business, animal welfare, biosecurity, apiary, wine, fishing, forestry or professional services that support primary industries.


Your commitment to Wāhine o te Whenua is to attend/ participate in each of the 4 programme kete - wānanga, individual coaching, online leadership sessions and the graduation event.

2023 Programme

The 2023 programme is now underway, please register your interest for a future programme below and we will contact you when the 2024 programme is confirmed.



Wāhine o te Whenua is co-funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund and AGMARDT


Register interest for a future programme

Programme structure

The programme will consist of 4 kete over a five-month period:

Kete Tuatahi
2.5 day Wānanga at Te Kauae Marae, Hangatiki
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 Jun 2023

Kete Tuarua
4x online individual coaching sessions
1 per month (booked with wāhine and coach)

Kete Tuatoru
3x online group leadership sessions with wāhine Māori leaders
1. Tuesday 4 July 6:00 - 8:00pm
2. Tuesday 1 August 6:00 - 8:00pm
3. Tuesday 5 September 6:00 - 8:00pm

Kete Tuawha
Graduation event in Waikato
Thursday 2 November 2022



Thanks to co-funding by MPI's Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures Fund and AGMARDT, this programme is heavily-subsided. 

Participants pay a $1,000 + GST (plus GST) fee and their own travel expenses. Accommodation and kai are provided.


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