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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.
To empower, equip and support wāhine to lead in influential roles.
This programme will focus on activities related to te whenua, te taiao, and Māori management contexts.

Wāhine will be encouraged and supported to:

  • Make a step-change to lead and influence positive change within their communities and areas of interest
  • Identify and pursue newopportunities and career pathways across the food and fibre value chain
  • Prepare for change

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Programme outline

This programme 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

Applications for the 2022 programme have now closed. Please register your interest below to be informed when 2023 dates are confirmed.

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Programme structure

The programme will consist of 4 kete over a 5 month period:

Kete Tuatahi
2.5 day Wānanga at Ōhaki Marae, Pawarenga
Friday 29 July - Sunday 31 July 2022

Kete Tuarua
4x online individual coaching sessions
1 per month August - November 2022

Kete Tuatoru
3x online group leadership sessions with wāhine Māori leaders
1 per month August - October 2022

Kete Tuawha
Graduation event
November 2022



There are no fees to attend this programme which includes accommodation and kai thanks to co-funding by MPI's Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures Fund and AGMARDT.  Participants will only need to cover their own travel expenses.


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