Food Act workshops for businesses

The Ministry for Primary Industries and local councils have been running free workshops throughout New Zealand to help businesses work with the Food Act.

Get a better understanding of what to do

The free workshops help people understand what the Food Act 2014 means for their business, and work out what they need to do and when. They're your opportunity to speak to council and MPI representatives about any concerns – and to talk to other businesses.


The agenda for each workshop follows the same outline:

  • Introduction to the Food Act: This includes presentations by MPI and local council and a question session (50 minutes).
  • Where do I fit? Check what type of regulation applies to you (10 minutes).
  • Ask the experts: Ask about your specific business. Topics include using a written plan, getting registered, working with a national programme, or getting verified (1 hour).

At the end of the workshop you'll have the opportunity to test resources and give feedback.

Food Act workshop videos


Upcoming workshops

We are currently planning more workshops and more information will be available soon. 

Previous workshops

Workshops have already been held in:

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Gisborne
  • Gore
  • Hamilton
  • Invercargill
  • Kaipara
  • Kāpiti Coast 
  • Kerikeri
  • Lower Hutt
  • Oamaru
  • Queenstown
  • Rangiora
  • Rotorua
  • Tauranga
  • Te Anau
  • Thames–Coromandel
  • Timaru
  • Tokoroa
  • Wairarapa
  • Wairoa
  • Whakatāne

Who to contact

If you have questions about the workshops, email

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