[16 September/ Rural News]

Maori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell said more students should undertake the new Maori Agribusiness major as part of a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University. Mr Flavell explained that the students who graduated from this major may be able to help connect current Maori agribusiness leaders to the wider industry. Mr Flavell said this would ensure we were achieving the best potential from our land and resources. Massey University Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Nick Roskruge said the major would produce graduates with the core skills of an agribusiness graduate, but also with the cultural information to enable collaboration. Mr Roskruge added that there was strong demand for agribusiness graduates who could communicate effectively with Maori organisations, work for Maori organisations, and contribute to the economy.