2018 Nuffield Scholars Announced

The latest ‘crop’ of emerging leaders have been announced by Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The five new NZ Nuffield scholars are;

  • Simon Cook
  • Andy Elliot
  • Turi McFarlane
  • Solis Norton
  • Kate Scott

Simon Cook is a kiwifruit grower from Te Puke, owns an orchard a contracting business.

Andy Elliot, working for Wakatū Incorporation in Nelson, has 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s aquaculture industry.

From Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, Turi McFarlane works for Ravensdown Environmental utilizing his experience in agricultural systems and sustainable land management.

Solis Norton from near Port Chalmers, Dunedin manages the industry funded national animal health and productivity programme for the New Zealand Deer Industry.

With a background in dairy farming, Kate Scott, from Central Otago, owns her own environmental planning and surveying business which services a broad range of agri sector businesses.

The five new 2018 scholars join more than 140 New Zealand agricultural leaders, over more than 60 years, to have been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship - a highly respected and prestigious award in the primary sector.

The 12 month scholarship programme with up to 20 weeks spent overseas, allows participants to spend time away from their business and to travel to observe, immerse, reflect and learn about global agricultural practices and the contexts they are operating in. A research topic, which focuses on an issue /challenge for the New Zealand primary sector, will be a focus of individual travel and investigation.