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Published: 2006-11-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato Councillor Paula Southgate’s commitment to rural New Zealand has won her a place in the 2007 Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

The Kellogg Rural Leadership programme is described by Lincoln University as New Zealand’s most prestigious professional development course for rural sector leaders.
The course aims to improve participants’ abilities in leadership, with a focus on agribusiness, over an 11-month period, starting next January. Up to 23 other community leaders will be involved this year.

Participants will attend seminars at Lincoln University, compile a report on a topic of their choice, present their research and speak with key rural and industry leaders in Wellington.
Cr Southgate said she was looking forward to the “intensive” mix of workshops and personal study, as well visiting Wellington and Parliament.

“I am quite excited about the prospect of working with other leaders on rural projects, as well as bringing an urban perspective to rural issues”, Cr Southgate said.
Cr Southgate chairs Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee and is deputy chairperson of the Transport Committee.

She has experience in sustainable business initiatives and is a passionate promoter of environmentally-friendly transport and biodiversity in the Waikato region.

The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is a joint project of Lincoln University and the Primary Industry Council. It has been running for 23 years and has attracted 500 previous participants.