Preparing to lead the ag sector to greener pastures

23 March 2023 | News

Aucklander Jack Green, Ngāi Tahu/Kāi Tahu, loved spending time on his grandparents’ farm as a child, so moving south to pursue an agricultural science degree was a no-brainer for him.

The first-year student finished up at Sacred Heart College last year and is enjoying getting used to university life.

"It’s great to not only be going to classes with your mates but also having meals with them and spending your day-to-day life and downtime together," he said.

Jack's getting his land-based studies off to a great start with a Future Leader scholarship, as well as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Excellence.

The latter is offered to students of high academic calibre and the Future Leader programme focuses on growing the next generations of well-rounded professionals capable of leading wisely in challenging times.

Lincoln’s flagship Bachelor of Agricultural Science was the perfect fit for Jack after a childhood spent in the great outdoors.

As a kid, I would always love going to my Nana and Poppa’s farm, and this followed me through high school, where I grew a passion for science and commerce subjects.

Jack knew Lincoln was the place for him when he discovered its specialist land-based credentials, as he can focus his studies on specific areas in the sector.

"The degree allows me to gain further knowledge of the concepts and ideas that I have learnt through experience and previous study," he said.

His long-term goal is to pursue a leadership position in the primary industries.

"I am still a bit unsure about what my path is, but I know I would like to make a difference to the agricultural sector," he said.

While the degree is designed to prepare students to do just that, the Future Leader programme will add extra opportunities to develop qualities that can prepare Jack for successful leadership.

"I have found it to be quite enlightening to see quite a variety of different people with different perspectives and backgrounds to be a part of the Future Leaders.

"It has been interesting to hear other people’s thoughts on certain topics and begin to get an idea of what it means to be a leader in today’s world."