Focusing on building for the future

uild Your Farming and Family Future workshop organised by Farming Women Tairawhiti

uild Your Farming and Family Future workshop organised by Farming Women Tairawhiti

Matthew Pickering

REAL stories from farmers “who have been there’ — that is the promise from the organisers of this month’s Farming Women Tairawhiti workshop at the end of this month at the Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club.

The August 29 event is called “Build Your Farming and Family Future” and it aims to help participants work through such questions as how to achieve their farming goals and aspirations.

Other related questions include what stage of the rural lifecycle they are at, and “thinking about what’s next?”

Participants might be looking for succession options and guidance, or be keen to become their own boss.

“Hear real stories from farmers who have been there, done that and are willing to share their experiences,” says a workshop organiser.

“Work with the Coach Approach Rural team on understanding your pathway, and learn how to discuss your ideas and communicate successfully with your team.”

It will be an inclusive event, not just for FWT members,

The workshop will be led by Matthew Pickering.

He co-founded Coach Approach Rural in 2009 and has led its growth to a current team of 10 rural specialists.

“Matthew has worked with over 70 rural families throughout New Zealand and with many other farming people,” the workshop spokesperson said.

“His focus is succession planning, leadership development and growing team culture.”

Tam Jex-Blake will talk about “growing” the next generation of farmers (leaders).

Hawke’s Bay farmers Diana and Gerry Greer, who have worked through their succession beginning in 2014, will share their story and their children will bring their perspective.

Rabobank will detail financial considerations for progressing your farming career and for when succession is on the agenda.

To register for the workshop email admin@fwt.co.nz by Friday August 24, $15 to attend.

REAL stories from farmers “who have been there’ — that is the promise from the organisers of this month’s Farming Women Tairawhiti workshop at the end of this month at the Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club.

The August 29 event is called “Build Your Farming and Family Future” and it aims to help participants work through such questions as how to achieve their farming goals and aspirations.

Other related questions include what stage of the rural lifecycle they are at, and “thinking about what’s next?”

Participants might be looking for succession options and guidance, or be keen to become their own boss.

“Hear real stories from farmers who have been there, done that and are willing to share their experiences,” says a workshop organiser.

“Work with the Coach Approach Rural team on understanding your pathway, and learn how to discuss your ideas and communicate successfully with your team.”

It will be an inclusive event, not just for FWT members,

The workshop will be led by Matthew Pickering.

He co-founded Coach Approach Rural in 2009 and has led its growth to a current team of 10 rural specialists.

“Matthew has worked with over 70 rural families throughout New Zealand and with many other farming people,” the workshop spokesperson said.

“His focus is succession planning, leadership development and growing team culture.”

Tam Jex-Blake will talk about “growing” the next generation of farmers (leaders).

Hawke’s Bay farmers Diana and Gerry Greer, who have worked through their succession beginning in 2014, will share their story and their children will bring their perspective.

Rabobank will detail financial considerations for progressing your farming career and for when succession is on the agenda.

To register for the workshop email admin@fwt.co.nz by Friday August 24, $15 to attend.

Plan for succession

Matthew Pickering graduated with an agricultural degree from Lincoln University in 1985 and embarked on a 22-year rural banking career that started with the Rural Bank in Gisborne.

He supported farmer clients (Gisborne then Taranaki) then as a regional manager (Hawera to Kaitaia) he led a team of 110 staff for nine years.

Community and sporting involvements and four life-threatening incidents have broadened and deepened his understanding around self-awareness, humility, resilience and excellence.

Since 2008 Matthew has applied his experiences to New Zealand’s rural industry through succession planning, leadership development, business planning and growing team culture.

Matthew lives for his family, the beach, New Zealand and helping those who may or may not see their potential.

He has been heavily involved in surf lifesaving over many years, and is a previous winner of the New Zealand Surf Lifeguard of the year award.

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