Whakapakari is a Maori word that means to strengthen, to mature and to develop people and I thought that perfectly encapsulated what our special report is about this month.

Development is not just teaching people something new, it’s also about lifting them up, helping them mature and grow stronger – and, as individual team members strengthen, so does your team. Because what is important?…he tangata, he tangata, he tangata (It is the people, it is the people, it is the people).

Developing people is part of the fabric at Kairoa Dairies, part of Canterbury’s Rylib group, where Anne Lee found people are championed, whether it’s building the how-to foundations onfarm, learning more about management and governance or even honing skills for a hobby or interest that’s completely outside the farm.

The family values and people development pays off for the group in staff happiness, retention and progression within or outside of the group. (pg42).

Anne Hardie caught up with Jack Raharuhi from Cape Foulwind, a people person and developer who shares (he says ‘over-communicates’) great insights into how he builds the connection with newbies and makes sure they fit and progress within his teams.

And three people-coaching experts share knowledge about finding out what makes your team tick, how to fill gaps in your team with training and development and how to unlock the hidden potential in every member of your team, particularly with different cultures.

How timely when grass growth is exploding around the country and the mowers are out making silage, to have coverage of the Pasture Summit field days held in Taranaki and Southland over the past month.

Through maximising growth and utilisation of pasture, and careful cost control, Nathan and Courtney Joyce from South Taranaki are tracking to produce operating profits 40% higher than the South Taranaki benchmark. (pg34).

And in Kimbolton, Manawatu, we follow Darryl and Debbie Coleman who are undergoing a transformation to regen, robotics and recording and interpreting loads of data on their journey to lower-cost, lower-input more-sustainable dairy farming. On the way they are solving some of the cow health issues that have irked Debbie for years, and saving her from sitting behind cows on the quadbike for six weeks of the year! (Pg 68)

It’s a bumper issue, hope you enjoy it!