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Lincoln link to Waikato farm training
Boosting northern presence: Lincoln University has signed a memorandum of
understanding with two Waikato iwi to help develop a training centre.
By GERALD PIDDOCK
A NEW agricultural training
centre with links to Canterbury is
to be developed in Waikato.
The announcement follows a
memorandum of understanding
between Waikato iwi Ngati Koroki
Kahukura and Ngati Haua, and
The centre will be developed at
the former Maungatautari School,
using the Pohara Trust farms
near Karapiro as training
facilities. Its goal is to give
students skills in practical
farming and reward successful
participants with a Lincoln
qualification, such as a Certificate
in Farming (practices).
Ngati Koroki Kahukura and
Ngati Haua spokesman and
settlement negotiator Willie Te
Aho said he was grateful to
Lincoln University for accepting
the invitation to deliver
alongside the iwi.
Iwi of Ngati Koroki Kahukura
and Ngati Haua have a long
tradition of farming, Te Aho said.
But we need to ensure that we
have succession plans in place to
manage and govern our land-
We also need to ensure our
people have opportunities for
growth and advancement. The
agreement with Lincoln
University provides a great
opportunity in this regard,
particularly as the institution is
aligned to New Zealand s number
Te Aho is well aware of the
benefits of education and the
opportunities that can stem from
it. He holds a both a Bachelor of
Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree,
has completed an MBA, and has
also spent six years as a director
of Landcare Research.
It is proposed that the
programme would get under way
later in the year. An initial intake
of 10 students is expected.
The objective is to grow
numbers considerably, look to
incorporate other iwi, and expand
the range or training and
educational pathways available.
Lincoln University vice-
chancellor Dr Andrew West said it
was a privilege for Lincoln to be
working alongside such motivated
and passionate iwi.
Lincoln University s primary
campus is based at Lincoln in
Canterbury, with its Telford
division located in Balclutha. Its
North Island interests include
eight staff in Feilding and
Hamilton respectively, and two
staff in Kaitaia.
However, Dr West signalled an
intention to expand the
university s North Island
presence, with announcements on
new developments to follow soon.
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KAIAPOI-BORN Ken Jury -- who went on to
become director of animal research at Ruakura
and chief executive of the Dairying Research
Corporation -- died at Waikato Hospital on July 8,
Former AgResearch scientist Clive Dalton
recalled Mr Jury as a biometrician (a biological
statistics boffin), who occasionally had to cut down
a scientist with a negative assessment of a
He had a term for poor research work, or
inadequate or wrong conclusions -- it s crap! , Dr
Dalton said. He assisted in the planning and
analysis of research trials of all animal work done
at Ruakura and surrounding stations.
He never forgot to remind you that you were
doing research, and especially, writing it up so it
showed a meaningful result for farmers.
Scientists loved him. He kept them on the fine
line of reliable research and their work was better
for it, Dr Dalton said.
Mr Jury was appointed director of animal
research at Ruakura in 1979, and in 1990, he
became the first chief executive of the Dairying
Research Corporation. He retired in 1996.
Born in Kaiapoi on March 12, 1936, he was the
youngest of three children to Dora and Eric Jury.
He was an outstanding student, and in 1958,
graduated with an MSc first-class honours from
Canterbury University. He was appointed
assistant biometrician at Ruakura, and within a
year, was awarded the Shirtcliffe Fellowship to
Cambridge University, where he gained a diploma
in mathematical statistics.
Mr Jury led Ruakura s charge into computing.
Dr Dalton recalls the first Ruakura computer:
It filled a whole wing of the headquarters
building and printed out miles of paper .
Today, a single desktop computer can do the job.
On his retirement, the New Zealand Statistical
Association emphasised his work in encouraging
and helping fellow scientists, particularly
upcoming young scientists.
As a manager, he continued to use his
statistical eye when it came to reviewing projects
Mr Jury received the prestigious McMeekan
Memorial Award in 1988, the Queen s
Commemorative Medal in 1990, and became an
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998
for services to the dairy industry.
He was a keen Rotarian and bridge player, an
avid gardener (as a youngster he picked potatoes
with his cousin, Norman Kirk), a keen cricketer
and a much-loved Ruakura personality.
Ken Jury is survived by partner Maggie, two
daughters and one son by his late wife (Betty), and
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