Hemi Dawson’s passion and skills for dairy farming were recognised recently when he became one of the newest dairy farm managers at the Ngāi Tahu Te Whenua Hou farms.

Hemi (Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Hāteatea, Ngāti Māmoe, Te Rarawa), his wife Catherine and their four tamariki joined the Ngāi Tahu Farming whānau more than a year ago and says it was a proud moment when he was promoted. [Read more…]

Just as Te Pānui Rūnaka goes to print, iwi-led agriculture initiative Whenua Kura has confirmed a new Diploma in Agriculture.

The Level 5 Lincoln University qualification is a one-year programme starting in March, 2015. The comprehensive programme offers an introduction to agriculture, sustainable agricultural practice and how to apply mātauranga Māori (knowledge) to land use and management.

Students will live on the Lincoln University campus and the practical 12-week work component will take place on the Ngāi Tahu Farms. [Read more…]