Keynote speaker sessions

Monday 29 June, 10:30am 

The future of extension – in our sector and beyond   
Keynote speakers:
John James, Director, Enablers of Change, Hobart, Australia
Ruth Nettle, Lead Innovation Research Group, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne

John and Ruth have been at the forefront of some innovative initiatives.Using their global connections and experience, they will share their thoughts on what extension could look like now and into the future.

120-minute session
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A link to the virtual presentation and pre-work will be released on 25 June. 

Friday 3 July, 9am 

Facilitation lessons from sport
Keynote speaker:
Hugh Galvan, Sport Development Consultant, Sport New Zealand

Hugh will share innovations and ideas developed inside Sport New Zealand. Learn about the support framework that is wrapped around coaches to allow them to become better at working with athletes.These lessons can be applied in any sector including working with farmers.

120-minute session
A link to the virtual presentation and pre-work will be released on 30 June. 

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Weekly workshops

Monday 6 July, 10:30am 

RMPP Action Network - session one
Facilitated by:
Denise Bewsell, Specialist Extension Manager, RMPP
Jeanette Long, Director, Facilitator, Trainer and Coach for Ag Consulting Company, Australia

More than 200 farmer-led Action Groups and over 90 facilitators are now participating in the RMPP Action Network. 

What have we learnt and what do we take forward? Hear from a facilitator, primary contact farmer, and an evaluator about their experiences.

75-minute session
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Monday 13 July, 10:30am 

Skill development in facilitation – managing the lifecycle of a farmer group
Speaker:
Simon Sankey, Regional Team Coach, DairyNZ

Simon will share his insights on understanding the ebbs and flows of small groups and how to manage these.

75-minute session
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Monday 20 July, 10:30am 

Mental wellbeing for the rural sector
Speaker:
Sarah Barr, Rural Coach, Coach Approach Rural

Rural Professionals often enjoy a relationship with their clients that extends beyond just that of professional adviser. It is a privileged position, but comes with a unique set of challenges around professional boundaries. Preparing yourself with some basic knowledge and skills will give you the confidence to handle clients stresses appropriately and ensure their challenges do not become your own.

75-minute session
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Monday 27 July, 10:30am 

Cultivating a community of practice
Speakers:
Lab and Mary Wilson, Directors, BATS Inc

Members of a community of practice learn from and with each other. Challenges of practice drive the learning and members benefit by improving their practice as a result of their interactions. Collective wisdom can be applied to real challenges as well as becoming a source of innovation.

 We will explore the key ingredients, strategies and pitfalls in forming and sustaining an effective community.  

75-minute session

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Monday 3 August, 10:30am 

Conversations with high performing farmers
Speaker:
Marc Elliott, Director Rural, UMR Research

Marc Elliott a behavioural researcher. He completed the initial high performing farmer research in 2014 for RMPP, revisiting these same farmers in 2020.

Marc will describe the challenges, opportunities, and differences across the two pieces of research.

You will hear from a high performing farmer who will share what has changed over the six years, what they see in the future, and what keeps them awake at night.

75-minute session

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Monday 10 August, 10.30am 

RMPP Action Network - session two
Facilitators:
Denise Bewsell, Specialist Extension Manager, RMPP
Jeanette Long, Director, Facilitator, Trainer and Coach for Ag Consulting Company, Australia

How do we use this model more widely to address industry/sector challenges? Supporting farmers through change e.g. regulatory/policy or changing farm policy/behind farm gate.

The catchment community approach will be used as an example of how to apply in a different setting.

Panel approach with a variety of speakers.

75-minute session

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