April 16, 2013
Plan to put Ngāi Tahu farmers on whenua
Ngāi Tahu Property, Lincoln University and Te Tapuae ō Rehua are working together to get more Māori into agriculture.
Ngāi Tahu Property Chief Executive Tony Sewell says the tribe is keen to get more of its people working on its farms as a way to uphold cultural values.
Under the Whenua Kura memorandum of understanding signed today, Māori students currently studying at Lincoln and Māori already working in the rural sector will learn about Ngāi Tahu heritage, the importance of sustainable agricultural practices and mātauranga Māori in relation to the land.
The partners will also look for practical learning opportunities for Whenua Kura students.
Ngāi Tahu Properties has more than 16,000 hectares of former crown forest land it wants to convert to dairy farms.
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