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's Plant Health and Environment Laboratory is proud to again sponsor the Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference.
The conference is a chance to highlight MPI's role in entomology. It brings together New Zealand entomologists, many doing research that is applicable to MPI's work. Groups attending the conference include Crown Research Institutes, universities, and post-graduate students.
The conference will be held at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre in Whanganui from 10 to 13 April 2018.
MPI is a gold sponsor of the 15th World Congress on Environmental Health 2018.
The 2018 programme will focus on environmental health in the South Pacific, with topics including emergency management, food safety, public health, biosecurity, and environmental management.
The congress, being hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health, will take place from 20 to 23 March 2018 at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland.
MPI is sponsoring the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2018. The NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association (representing over 40 New Zealand cheese companies) run the award. Their goals include:
- encouraging and recognising excellent cheese-making and hygiene practices in New Zealand
- promoting and growing New Zealand’s cheese industry.
Winners will be announced at a cocktail evening on 15 March 2018 at Fale Pasifika, Auckland.
MPI is a sponsor of CoLab 2018 – an event for innovative prefab and offsite construction.
CoLab is suited to architects, designers, engineers, producers, and building professionals. This 3-day event includes site visits, a conference and member-only workshops.
MPI is sponsoring a keynote speaker (Rosie Toogood, CEO Legal & General Modular Homes) who has experience in large-scale government housing projects using wooden and prefabricated building products.
CoLab is being held by PrefabNZ at Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand from 7 to 9 March 2018.
MPI is a national sponsor and partner of Seaweek, an annual event that encourages New Zealanders to learn about and take responsibility for the sea. Seaweek promotes awareness and understanding of what it takes to have healthy marine environment, which aligns with MPI's work to enable sustainable fisheries use while protecting the marine environment.
Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek events will take place throughout New Zealand from 3 to 11 March 2018.
MPI sponsored the 15th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants. The event brought researchers from around the world together to discuss science and management of freshwater aquatic plants. The 3 themes for the 2018 event were:
- biodiversity, conservation, and bio-monitoring
- management and invasive plants
- ecosystem response and restoration.
The event featured a one-and-a-half day session on invasive aquatic plants, which linked in with MPI's focus on biosecurity.
MPI is proud to once again support the Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award.
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'. The 2018 competition is for Māori dairy farmers.
Finalists were announced on 22 February 2018 and the winner's trophy will be awarded at Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on 25 May 2018.
MPI is a sponsor and programme partner of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, which is run by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust. The programme works at developing leaders for rural and agri-food sectors. Its main focus is on building leadership ability, confidence, and critical thinking skills, and on understanding economic, environmental, and industry contexts.
The programme is run 2 times each year - starting in January and June. The deadline for the next programme is 19 March for the June 2018 programme.
MPI has sponsored Doug Avery, a well-known New Zealand farmer, to trial a series of short videos. The videos will share Doug’s experiences with getting through tough times, and encourage farmers to adopt new farm management practices. They’ll promote resilience, and encourage farmers to prepare for future agriculture challenges. These are presented under Doug’s brand, Resilient Farmer.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org