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 food and fibre 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 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


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 and impact
  4. Individual coaching
  5. Online Wāhine Māori Leadership Sessions
  6. Building collective awareness and kotahitanga of our history and Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Who should apply?

  • Wāhine who are committed to making positive change in the primary sector and rural communities and/or;
  • Are already at the forefront of local, regional or Māori issues but wanting to be more effective in their role
  • Farmers, growers, team leaders, managers, community contributors, entrepreneurs, trustees or directors working in the primary sector or support organisations,
  • 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 any 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.


2024 Programme

Applications are now invited for the 2024 programme.  Please click here to download the application form.

Applications close at 5:00pm Monday 1 July 2024.



If you have questions about the programme please contact us and we will connect you with the facilitator.



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


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Programme structure

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

Kete Tuatahi

Wānanga 1 at Muru Raupatu Marae, New Plymouth, Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August 2024

Wānanga 2 at Wainuiomata Marae, Lower Hutt, Thursday 7 November followed by graduation on Friday 8 November

Kete Tuarua
2x online individual coaching sessions (booked with wāhine and coach)

Kete Tuatoru
5x online group leadership sessions with wāhine Māori leaders
1. Tuesday 16 Jul 7:00 - 8:30pm
2. Tuesday 3 Sep 7:00 - 8:30pm
3. Tuesday 1 Oct 7:00 - 8:30pm
4. Tuesday 29 Oct 8:00 - 8:30pm
5. Tuesday 26 Nov 7:00 - 8:30pm

Kete Tuawha
Graduation event at Wainuiomata Marae, Lower Hutt, Friday 8 November 



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

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


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