June 16, 2022
More pūtea to get wāhine into dairy women
There’s a push to get more women into farming leadership and governance positions.
Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has announced $473,261 over two years from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund will go to the Dairy Women’s Network for its Farming for the Future Leader’s Programme.
She’s keen to see wāhine Māori take up the programme, which will involve training, support and sharing of information and solutions.
“The conversations I have with chairs and CEs of the industry groups is always about diversifying their leadership in terms of women and Maori, given they are significant owners of assets in this sector. For Māori it’s even more of a struggle so we have to keep putting that proposition to them but also, like we do with Dairy Women, investing to grow those leadership and development opportunities,” Ms Whaitiri says.