Prudent management among top priorities for new Lincoln foundation chair

Growth and careful custodianship of the Lincoln University Foundation’s capital funds are top priorities for the foundation’s new Chair,l Barry Brook, of Wellington, who has succeeded Ben Todhunter, of Rakaia.

In keeping with this aim, Lincoln University recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the foundation, which is a charitable trust that helps to support and resource the University.

The foundation was established in 1978 to mark Lincoln University’s centenary. It holds and manages gifted, donated and bequeathed funds for advancing education in New Zealand, with special reference to agriculture and related interests.

“We see our key role to act as custodian of funds entrusted to the foundation and to use our contacts and networks to encourage philanthropic donations to Lincoln University,” said Barry.

“We want to get the best long-term return for donors and support Lincoln as best we can.”

Earnings from the funds invested are used to provide a range of prestigious scholarships for students to study at Lincoln University.

Barry paid tribute to Ben Todhunter for expanding the South Island Farmer of the Year competition and taking it to a new level.

“The decision to discontinue the competition wasn’t an easy one, but the board has firmly committed to investing in a range of prestigious scholarships to support the new growth trajectory of Lincoln.”

Board members working alongside Barry are Fiona Hancox of Southland, Tricia Macfarlane of Mid Canterbury, Richard Riddell of Hawke’s Bay, ex-officio Lincoln University’s Chancellor Steve Smith and Vice-Chancellor James McWha. Sebastian Wilberforce of Christchurch is Secretary.

Barry’s association with Lincoln University stretches back to the 1960s and 1970s when he was a high-achieving student. He holds three levels of university qualification – a diploma, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

Originally from Dunedin, Barry entered Lincoln in 1967, completing first a Diploma in Agriculture awarded with Distinction in 1969, then a Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management awarded with Credit and Lincoln’s Gold Medal in 1970.

Next, he completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce in 1974 and was Lincoln’s Senior Scholar that year. In 1980, he received a Master of Agricultural Commerce with First Class Honours in Farm Management. His master’s thesis concerned planning for agricultural development in Tonga after he worked for a period in the island kingdom.

Other posts in New Zealand were as a Farm Consultant in Whakatane, Senior Economist at the Economic Service of the Meat and Wool Board and member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group.

Barry’s more recent background in governance and leadership includes positions as CEO of Wrightson and PGG Wrightson (2005-2008), Chair of Synlait Farms (2013-2014), Chair of AGMARDT (2014-2016) and Chair of CreativeHQ. He is also Chair of Carrfields Limited and Bonavaree Farm Ltd and a member of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.

Source: Lincoln University

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T&G Global doubles undergraduate scholarship support from 2018

T&G Global, formerly Turners and Growers, has doubled its support of undergraduate students studying at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus towards a degree in horticulture.

Applications for the scholarships, worth up to $5,000 a  year of study over three years, close on 10 March and recipients will be announced mid-May.

T&G Global’s capability manager Greg Turrell says the six scholarships, twice the number offered last year, are designed to attract and encourage undergraduates to study horticulture at Massey University.

“New Zealand’s horticulture industry, worth $8 billion to our economy, plays a vital role in food production and offers an array of exciting career pathways,” says Mr Turrell.

“Our decision to double our support was based on the increasing gap between the number of young people entering the industry and the growing need for capable staff by employers such as ourselves.”

Mr Turrell says T&G offers careers across all business functions from corporate roles to working in greenhouses, orchards, cool stores, sales and logistics – all vital in getting fresh produce delivered daily to kiwis and consumers overseas.

As well as receiving financial support, T&G offers scholarship recipients summer internships, mentoring, networking and engagement opportunities at industry events and career pathways post-graduation.

Last year’s scholarship recipients, and now T&G employees, Megan Becker and Bree Martinac, grew up around orchards and now working on them full-time. They say they’re excited to be gaining more knowledge about the industry and helping to provide healthy, nutritious food to New Zealanders.

“I was attracted to a career in horticulture because I have been passionate about the industry from an early age as I come from a horticulture and farming background,” says Bree, who studied a Bachelor of Agricommerce majoring in food marketing and retailing and minoring in horticulture at Massey University.

“I feel that the industry is both personally fulfilling and essential for the sustainability of our future.”

Her sentiments are echoed by Megan who holds a Bachelor of Agriscience majoring in horticulture who sees horticulture as a very exciting industry for new graduates entering the workforce.

“The rate at which horticulture is expanding in New Zealand is exciting and the opportunities that are available keep increasing. It’s an exciting time to join the industry.”

More information about T&G’s scholarship programme can be found here. 

Postgraduate science scholarships offered for primary industries research

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is offering Postgraduate Science Scholarships for Masters and PhD candidates engaged in primary industry research in New Zealand.

The ministry’s food and regulatory policy director, Ruth Shinoda, says the scholarship will build science and technology capability within the primary industries.

“Our aim with this scholarship scheme is to encourage Masters and PhD students to pursue research within the primary industries, particularly where there are research gaps, as outlined in the Primary sector science roadmap,” says Ms Shinoda.

“It’s an exciting time in the primary industries, from genetics to measuring and managing ecosystem impacts, to consumer and market insights, there’s a number of areas where we know we need to strengthen our understanding.

“This scholarship scheme is an investment in the future of our primary industries. Innovation in this sector is more important than ever, so it’s vital our researchers in New Zealand are working on filling our knowledge gaps.”

Successful recipients will work with ministry staff to get practical, frontline experience alongside their academic pursuits.

The total value for each Masters scholarship will be up to $12,000 and the total value for each PhD scholarship will be up to $50,000.

Apart from funding, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to receive co-supervision or mentoring from one or more of the ministry’s subject matter experts.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 12 March.

Scholarship winners will be announced in June.