Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Food for thought at New Zealand AgriFood Week in Manawatu

Monday 11 March 2019

The future of New Zealand’s food story will be shaped this week as thousands walk through the gates of this year’s New Zealand AgriFood week, in association with ASB.

‘Food for Who?’ is the theme of this year’s event which runs from 11-16 March in Palmerston North, and is delivered by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA). ASB as the main sponsor is urging visitors to bring their appetite to challenge the status-quo.

ASB general manager of rural banking Richard Hegan says like with other sectors, disruption is the new reality. Simply producing more and more isn’t the way of the future, and that’s why supporting events such as New Zealand AgriFood Week is important.

“At ASB we have a history deeply influenced by innovation and our Rural Banking team is passionate about helping our customers continue to innovate. We’re excited to come to Manawatu and celebrate the work currently being done to keep New Zealand at the top of global agriculture and food production.

“But it’s also a vital opportunity to talk with primary industry leaders, future leaders, producers and consumers, about how to evolve even further and deliver the next phase of value for agriculture,” says Hegan.

It’s the fourth year ASB has been the main sponsor of New Zealand AgriFood week and organiser CEDA is proud of the landmark event the week has become.

“When you look at the breadth and calibre of those involved in New Zealand AgriFood Week, it’s easy to see why our small country is a global leader in food production,” says CEDA chief executive, Linda Stewart.

“The week is about identifying the opportunities, challenges and future trends for food producers. It provides local and central government, producers, growers, researchers and consumers the environment to work together and ensure Manawatu is leading the thinking in product development, innovation and the sustainability of agriculture and food production, for the benefit of New Zealand,” says Stewart.

First on ASB’s event-card is the headline breakfast ASB Perspective 2025. A round-table discussion where female leaders from across the industry will come together to share their insights.

As Richard Hegan explains, the panel consists of some of the sector’s most influential women, who already understand that it’s not just how we produce our food that matters but the way it is marketed and sold across the world that will deliver real value.

“The sustainable production of high quality food that balances the needs and expectations of consumers, our communities and stakeholders is at a critical stage. To stay at the forefront we need to get our story right so consumers, no matter where in the world they call home, insist on our produce in their stores because they see more value and authenticity in our produce. Getting more for what we produce – not simply producing more, that’s food for thought indeed,” says Hegan.

To read more from ASB’s Rural Banking team check out their blog https://www.asb.co.nz/blog/tag.rural.html or go to https://www.asb.co.nz/rural-banking

ASB Perspective 2025 is being held at: The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, 7am-9am Wednesday 13 March 2019. It will be live-streamed from 7am - 9am on Wednesday 13th March. People can register to attend or watch LIVE: http://www.nzagrifoodweek.co.nz/events/asb-perspective-2025/

An audio stream of the event will be available on the Rural Exchange channel on the ROVA app from 7am on Thursday 14th March 2019.

About New Zealand AgriFood Week:

New Zealand AgriFood Week takes place in Manawatu from March 11 - 17 and is the country's only week dedicated to celebrating, showcasing and developing New Zealand as a food nation. Complementary events throughout the week sit at the intersection of agriculture, food and technology and provide a platform for influential thought leaders from all sectors to explore global challenges and opportunities facing food producers. Attendees can select from the range of events throughout the week, which culminates with New Zealand's largest regional agriculture event, Central Districts Field Days. New Zealand AgriFood Week is delivered by the Central Economic Development Agency, in association with ASB. For more details, visit nzagrifoodweek.co.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>


"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>


Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>




InfoPages News Channels