Rua Bioscience was founded on a dream of creating more sustainable employment opportunities in the Waiapu Valley. This remains a core goal of the company and something the board, shareholders and staff are committed to achieving.
Part of this commitment includes direct investment in local residents, especially young people, to upskill in areas of relevance to the business so that more locals have the necessary training and experience to take up roles with the company as it grows.
The range of activities to be funded (initially up to $50,000 per annum from Rua with additional funding and in-kind support from research partners and other organisations) include a combination of:
- summer internships with research partners in Auckland, Wellington and/or Dunedin;
- exposure trips for groups of locals to visit research and commercial partners around Aotearoa;
- undergraduate scholarships for school-leavers and EIT Ruatorea graduates to go on to university or other tertiary studies in biology, chemistry, medicine, horticulture, engineering, health, Te Reo me ona Tikanga, accounting, law, marketing or other disciplines of relevance to the company;
- graduate placements (with support from other organisations) to provide employment for university graduates;
- career guidance for those interested in joining the medicinal cannabis sector;
- student exposure experiences with Rua Bioscience staff visiting groups of school students to explain their work, background and advice for young people interested in the industry;
- independent environmental monitoring support for ahi kaa involved in resource consent applications and consent monitoring activities.
We are currently working with a range of stakeholders to finalise details for the various opportunities. Information on eligibility and how locals can apply for these opportunities will be shared in coming months and publicised through Radio Ngati Porou, social media and community hui.