We offer a range of formal and informal development opportunities for current and future farmers and rural professionals.

Understanding your Farming Business

This programme engages women as critical farming partners through building business knowledge, skills and confidence. Women return to their farming business with fresh eyes, and participate more fully in decision making and communicate strongly to help create positive change. This workshop series is funded by RMPP and delivered by the Agri-Women's Development Trust.

Watch the two videos to learn more about both courses (Waihine Maia is a course specifically for Maori women).

2018 dates are now available. Click the link below for more details.

Computing for Farmers

Our Computing for Farmers courses are making a significant difference to how farmers use technology in their business. Courses are suitable for those getting started or those wanting to improve their use of farm data and management tools.

Facilitation Training

The Facilitation Training Programme includes the following:

  • Facilitation support training – to give farmers the skills to run small group activities in break out sessions, to assist a lead facilitator.
  • Lead Facilitator training – to provide Rural Professionals new skills to improve how they facilitate groups. This programme covers the art and science of facilitation.
  • RMPP Action Network Fundamentals & Extension Design -  specifically designed for rural professionals and farmers who aspire to be a Connector or Facilitator for RMPP Action Network. This programme covers how to form and run an RMPP Action Group and application of extension skills to extension activity.

Rural Business Network

Farmers and rural professionals meet quarterly, through locally based hubs, to engage with an interesting and relevant keynote speaker. The Rural Business Network, aims to connect with a variety of people involved in the rural sector from farm business to agri-business. This creates an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by others, through networking and socialising. Through the Rural Business Network, businesses are connected across different sectors of the primary industry to share ideas and identify innovative opportunities.

Farmer Mentor Programme

If you are operating your own farming business, a farm manager, or looking to start a farming business and want a fresh perspective, this opportunity is for you. A business mentor can offer you independent support and advice on:

  • Cash Flow and Working Capital Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Planning
  • Time Management
  • Tax and Compliance
  • Employment
  • Goal Setting
  • And much more

This is a golden opportunity to improve your business by having a fresh perspective that can provide confidential, one-on-one business mentoring which is reasonably priced.

Business professionals click here for more information

Primary Schools - Matching Schools to Farms

Part of this project is matching urban primary schools to local farms so that the school children have an opportunity to go out and visit a farm during the year.

Secondary Schools - Curriculum Development

A schools programme designed to engage primary and secondary school students in farming, can now be used to gain National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) credits.

The resources, trialled in 10 primary and 16 secondary schools last year, help students learn more about the sector and promote awareness of the wide range of career opportunities.

Resources, including assessments within the programme, have now received the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Quality Assured Assessment Materials (QAAM) trademark. There is more information here

Leadership Pathway Programme

Students who become club executives in TeenAg Clubs in roles such as chairperson, vice-chairperson, treasurer and secretary, can apply to complete the Leadership Pathway programme to harness and develop teenage leadership skills.

TeenAg Clubs

There are round 100 TeenAg Clubs throughout New Zealand Secondary Schools, which are similar to Young Farmer Clubs. TeenAg brings young people together to learn practical and personal skills. RMMP contribute funding to New Zealand Young Farmers, who co-ordinate the clubs.

The Leaders of the TeenAg Clubs are able to join a Leadership Pathway Programme, to help them develop their skills in event management, goal setting, and team dynamics.

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