Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme

Investing in the future leaders of the kiwifruit industry is an important focus for Zespri, so we are sponsoring one person from our industry to attend one of next year’s Kellogg Rural Leadership Programmes. This is a highly respected rural and primary sector programme, providing knowledge and skills for:

  • Personal development and growth
  • Developing the 'contextual intelligence' and thinking required for leadership
  • Gaining greater insights into the primary industry sector
  • Making strategic connections and networks.

Many graduates of the programme have gone on to achieve successful careers in leadership roles in New Zealand agriculture.


The successful recipient of the scholarship will receive the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme worth $4,900 plus accommodation. You can choose which course you attend:

  • Course 1: 23 January - 4 July 2018

  • Course 2: 19 June – 22 November 2018

Who should apply?

Aspiring future leaders of the kiwifruit industry.


To be eligible for the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme you must have experience in the kiwifruit industry. You should also be able to demonstrate your leadership skills either in the industry or in the community. You will be asked to provide two referees.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

More information

For more information about the programme visit the Kellogg website here. Alternatively email Zespri at


2016 recipient - Matt Nelson


Matt heard about the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme from a friend, “A friend of mine completed the Kellogg course and said I’d be silly not to apply for it, so I decided to give it my best shot,” says Matt.

Matt says his one of his career goals is to help grow the future of Baygold. He will help the younger members of the Baygold team complete the studies that they are doing through the PITO and he would love to become a Senior Orchard Manager at Baygold within the next 3 years. He also says that after winning the Bay of Plenty regional award last year, he would love to be the first Horticulture business to win the national Ballance Farm Environment Awards.