AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa partnership to benefit Māori agribusiness

Jamie Tuuta, the Māori Trustee and head of Te Tuma Paeroa, and Chris Koroheke, Portfolio Leader Māori Agribusiness from AgResearch, signing the memorandum of understanding.

AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa: the new Māori Trustee have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which signifies a new long-term relationship with positive implications for the future of Māori agribusiness in New Zealand.

The agreement signifies an on-going, long-term partnership between New Zealand’s leading agricultural research organisation and a significant Māori land administrator, with wide-ranging research opportunities to optimise Māori farm performance.

Jamie Tuuta, the Māori Trustee and head of Te Tuma Paeroa, signed the historic MOU in Wellington with Chris Koroheke, Portfolio Leader Māori Agribusiness from AgResearch.

“AgResearch’s committment is to contribute to and support the growth of Māori agribusiness,” says AgResearch Maori Agribusiness Portfolio Leader Chris Koroheke. “The development of this releationship is exciting and provides us with the opportunity to deliver long-term research support to the Māori farming sector across a whole range of farm types.”

“Te Tumu Paeroa’s vision is to mobilise Māori land,” says the Māori Trustee and Te Tumu Paeroa head Jamie Tuuta. “Much of our work is to enable Māori to achieve higher commercial aspirations for their land and assets and grow their value in a sustainable manner. We are always seeking to partner with organisations that have capabilities that assist us to provide benefits to the owners that we work on behalf of.”

The MOU is mutually beneficial, with opportunities for both parties. Te Tumu Paeroa gains a partner who can give independent scientific advice that can support economic growth on farms. “AgResearch brings capabilities in optimising the productivity of land,” says Tuuta.

“By tapping into their expertise and network in agri-science, technology and research it can assist us in making more informed decisions for land development projects that we are involved with. This memorandum of understanding formalises the opportunity, and we look forward to exploring ways that we can work together for shared interest.”

The long-term aspect of the relationship means that different kinds of research projects will be possible, including long-term topics such as the impact of climate change or extreme weather events on the farm, as well as projects focusing on different farm types, agri-food, agri-tech and pastoral and on-farm and off-farm activities.
Te Tumu Paeroa also has the ability to co-invest and partner with AgResearch.

The relationship is off to a good start with a proposal submitted to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on capability-building. This initial project will enable AgResearch to consider the land’s potential and Te Tumu Paeroa’s vision for the land. “We will take a look at what they have got, understand their needs and how they want to develop their portfolio and productivity, and work together to develop a growth strategy,” says Koroheke. “There is limitless scope, as long as there is an appetite to continue the relationship.”

Image Caption from right: Jamie Tuuta, the Māori Trustee and head of Te Tuma Paeroa, and Chris Koroheke, Portfolio Leader Māori Agribusiness from AgResearch, signing the memorandum of understanding.

For more information please contact:

Alex Fear
AgResearch
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E: alex.fear@agresearch.co.nz

Darren Quirk
Te Tumu Paeora
Communications and marketing manager
P: 04 474 4620
M: 027 845 6154
E: darren.quirk@tetumupaeroa.co.nz
www.tetumupaeroa.co.nz