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This is a one-year programme to develop the capability of influential, innovative future leaders.

What We Are Doing

Next Generation Influencers is a one-year programme to develop the capability of 15 influential, innovative future leaders.

The Next Generation Influencers are at the forefront of fundamental shifts in attitudes and behaviours. Participants are working within the 3 research themes of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge: to create resilient, diversified landscapes, to maximise global value for what we produce, and to build community capability to transition to more sustainable futures.

The 2018–2019 programme consisted of 3 workshops developed to build the skills, networks and connections of Next Generation Influencers. Participants then each developed a project to further the work of Our Land and Water and bring about understanding and change. Each Next Generation Influencer is partnered with a mentor who supports their project and helps develop their skills and networks.

In The Media

Idealog’s Most Innovative in Social Enterprise/Charity: Squawk Squad

Idealog, December 2018

NGI participant Alex McCall’s Squawk Squad web app was recognised as 2018’s top social enterprise innovation by Idealog magazine.

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The Foreseeable Future

NZ Geographic, Jan-Feb 2019

A profile of NGI participant Lisa McLaren and her successful Generation Zero organisation, which has resulted in the Labour government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill.

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National Party must stop holding Kiwis ransom with climate change outlook

Stuff, January 2019

Opinion piece written by NGI participant Lisa McLaren.

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Adrian Hunt, Plant & Food Research

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Participant Spotlight

Ngi Profile Angela Clifford

Angela Clifford

Eat New Zealand | The Food Farm | Tongue in Groove Wines

Telling the story of New Zealand grains and seeds through the Eat New Zealand network for the purpose of creating shorter value chains, and therefore more sustainable land use.

Ngi Profile Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper

Developing a programme to encourage more young girls into science and help them to develop confidence and skills to lead. The programme is based in the outdoors and teaches the sciences in a variety of ways.

Ngi Profile Manaia Cunningham

Manaia Cunningham

Ngai Tahu strategic advisor, ECan

Developing an organic growing system for Māori potatoes at a small scale and promoting their nutrient value. Working closely with Eat New Zealand and networking with other organic growers on the east coast of the Canterbury region.

Ngi Profile Ellen Hume

Ellen Hume

Researcher, Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence | University of Auckland

Taking a more integrated approach to researching complex environmental system issues to improve decision-making processes.

Ngi Profile Rebecca Hyde

Rebecca Hyde

Ravensdown | Inverloch Farm Ltd | Nuffield Scholar

Bringing Māori cultural understanding and ways of thinking into mainstream discussion with industry bodies and farmers.

Ngi Profile Sam Lang

Sam Lang

Farmer and collaborator (self-employed) | Nuffield Scholar

Sharing stories of regenerative farm and food system innovation, and collaborating to build support networks for farmers moving towards regenerative systems.

Ngi Profile Alex Mccall

Alex McCall

Using technology to connect and engage New Zealanders in social and environmental issues.

Ngi Profile Nicola Mchaffie

Nicola McHaffie

Hawkes Bay Regional Council | Secretary, NZ Association of Resource Management

Growing my leadership style to encourage engagement and connection between my team, land owners and mana whenua.

Ngi Profile Lisa Mclaren

Lisa McLaren

PhD student, Joint Centre for Disaster Research | National convenor, Zero Carbon Act campaign

Collaborating with Our Land and Water scientists to make my PhD model relevant for the primary industry sector. My current PhD model provides a way for community resilience principles to be integrated into community/participatory science within the hazard management field.

Ngi Profile Paul Mudge

Paul Mudge

Soil scientist, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Promote and foster integrated research to concurrently address issues around soil/water quality and climate change mitigation/adaptation.

Ngi Profile Carla Muller

Carla Muller

Perrin Ag Consultants | President, New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management

Redefining economic indicators to capture a more holistic measure of economic value.

Ngi Profile Kolja Schaller

Kolja Schaller

Land Management Advisor, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Connecting with landowners and farmers to enable the sharing of knowledge and perspectives to build environmental, economic, cultural and social capitals.

Ngi Profile Will Tait

Will Tait-Jamieson

Policy Analyst, Ministry for the Environment | Trustee, Our Seas Our Future

Connecting partners in Northland for environmental and economic benefit.

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