The Ministry for Primary Industries sponsors a range of community events and awards. Click on a subject box for more information.
Events sponsored by MPI
MPI is proud to once again be a gold sponsor of the 'Dairy Business of the Year' competition in 2017.
Entrants in the competition are judged on farm profitability, as well as environmental and people management. Each farm is analysed and benchmarked against others in their region – providing valuable information about their business strengths and weaknesses.
Entrants engage with and learn from other leading dairy farmers through a series of events, including field days held on finalists’ farms.
MPI also sponsored the competition in 2016 and the supreme winner was announced at an awards dinner in Hamilton on 23 June. The 2016 winner was Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm.
MPI is proud to once again support the Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award in 2017.
The award acknowledges and celebrates Māori excellence in farming and the significant role Māori play in New Zealand's primary industries.
The competition is held annually, alternating each year between 'dairy' and 'sheep and beef'. This year the competition is for Māori sheep and beef farmers. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner on 26 May at the ASB Leisure Centre, Whangarei.
MPI is proud to sponsor the International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS).
The conference allows the international health surveillance community (including scientists, decision-makers, academics and professionals) to come together and look at 'state of the art' surveillance practices. The conference examines the interface between technical and scientific applications, and decision-making, to make sure health surveillance is as effective as possible.
Held every 3 years, this year's conference will be at the Novotel Lakeside Rotorua, New Zealand from 30 April to 4 May 2017. A post-conference workshop is being held from 6 to 9 May at the same venue.
Encouraging career exploration
The Enterprising Primary Industries Careers (EPIC) challenge is a competition managed by the Young Enterprise Trust and sponsored by MPI and DairyNZ. The aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of the exciting range of careers in our primary industries, such as:
- farmers and farm managers
- engineers and scientists
- environmental planners and resource managers
- product developers
- trade officials, marketing consultants, and lots more.
The competition is open to Year 10 students in New Zealand. They have to identify different jobs in the primary industries and develop a marketing strategy to promote them to their classmates.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org