Food Act workshops for businesses

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

Better understand what to do

Our free workshops help you understand what the Food Act 2014 means for your business. Work out what you need to do and when, speak to council and MPI representatives about any concerns, and to talk to other businesses.

Next workshops are in:

  • Otorohanga (with Waitomo and Waipa)
  • Thames Coromandel
  • Tasman
  • Gisborne
  • Wairoa


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.

Workshop videos

Workshop diary

Otorohanga (with Waitomo and Waipa)

Date: 18 October 2017
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Waitomo District Council, Les Milne Centre

Date: 18 October 2017
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Otorohanga Kiwi House

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Waipa

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Te Awamutu Chambers, Waipa District Council

Contacts to register:,

Thames Coromandel

Date: 25 October 2017
Venue: Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames

Date: 26 October 2017
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: Mercury Bay Service Centre, 10 Monk Street, Whitianga

Contact to register:


Date: 30 October 2017
Venue: Richmond Library Conference Room, 280 Queen Street, Richmond
Contact to register:


Date: 14 November 2017
Venue: To be confirmed
Contact to register:


Date: 13 February 2018
Venue: To be confirmed

Previous workshops

Workshops have already been held in:

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

Who to contact

If you have questions about the workshops, email

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