New Zealand expertise serves up new agri-food-tech event

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New Zealand has launched a new event, the 2035 Oceania Summit, which will be held in Auckland in 2022 and showcase local solutions for global climate impact.

The regional follow-up summit will draw on the experience of New Zealand-based global agri-food-tech consultancy Wharf42, which will co-host the AgriFoodTech Climate Summit at COP26 in Glasgow in November.

An employee preparing milk samples for testing

Wharf42 founder and event organiser Peter Wren-Hilton said that he hopes to attract 1,000 local and international delegates to the two-day Oceania Summit, which will take place in Auckland in April 2022.

It will feature regional and international keynote speakers, breakout panels, an exhibition showcasing current research being undertaken across the region, a startup hub with a pitch event to global investors, as well as networking opportunities.

He said: “If the borders are open, we’re hoping to attract delegates from around the world to come and share what is happening in this important space.”

Wren-Hilton added: “New Zealand is so strong in agrifood because our agriculture and horticulture sector is the backbone of our economy. In addition, the government in New Zealand is very committed to effecting resolution in climate change. The combination of these factors makes New Zealand the perfect destination for an event of this sort.

“There is great science being done by our universities and Crown Research Institutes. The objective is to provide farmers and growers with the tools they need to clean up the environment, address climate issues and reach net-zero emissions targets.”

The 2035 Oceania Summit event was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event.
Within 48 hours of the announcement, more than 250 people had registered their interest on the Summit’s landing page, a very positive indicator, Wren-Hilton shared.

The event has the support of Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team, Auckland Unlimited, AgriTech New Zealand, and the Australian AgriTech Association.

Currently, Wren-Hilton is undertaking a roadshow around New Zealand to secure the involvement of other key players in the agrifood ecosystem.

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