The Ministry for Primary Industries sponsors a range of community events and awards. Click on a subject box for more information.
Events sponsored by MPI
MPI is a proud sponsor of Whenua Ora - National Māori Engagement Programme, a national programme to support and encourage young Māori to enter the primary industries.
The programme was developed by Whenua Kura – a trust that aims to grow the next generation of Māori leaders in the primary sector. Whenua Kura works with iwi, tertiary education providers, employers and government agencies to support Māori through education and career development. MPI sponsorship allows the programme to extend to more regions and to focus on primary industries that are relevant to each region.
MPI is proud to once again support the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.
The award acknowledges and celebrates Māori excellence in farming and the significant role Māori play in New Zealand's primary industries.
The competition is held annually, alternating each year between 'dairy' and 'sheep and beef'. The 2018 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.
Finalists were announced on 22 February 2018 and the winner's trophy will be awarded at Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on 25 May 2018.
MPI was a sponsor of the Living Wood Fair – a celebration of wood with demonstrations, workshops, presentations, and exhibits. Topics included sustainable land use, planting and using alternative timber species, and forestry.
MPI hosted a stand, as well as presenting information on sustainable forest management options, indigenous timber milling regulations, indigenous forestry, the emissions trading scheme, afforestation grant scheme, and the billion trees programme.
The Living Wood Fair was held on the 21 and 22 April, in Takaka, Golden Bay.
MPI is a sponsor and programme partner of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, which is run by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust. The programme works at developing leaders for rural and agri-food sectors. Its main focus is on building leadership ability, confidence, and critical thinking skills, and on understanding economic, environmental, and industry contexts.
The programme is run 2 times each year - starting in January and June. Application dates are available on the programme's website.
MPI has sponsored Doug Avery, a well-known New Zealand farmer, to trial a series of short videos. The videos will share Doug’s experiences with getting through tough times, and encourage farmers to adopt new farm management practices. They’ll promote resilience, and encourage farmers to prepare for future agriculture challenges. These are presented under Doug’s brand, Resilient Farmer.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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