New Zealand Food Safety Summit
We hosted the New Zealand Food Safety Summit in Auckland on 10 December 2019. Find out about the summit.
About the summit
The New Zealand Food Safety Summit was held on 10 December 2019 in Auckland. The summit was a chance to:
- hear from the most influential players in the food industry – from New Zealand and overseas
- meet key government representatives, food industry, and food safety leaders
- participate and progress the future of food safety in New Zealand.
We highlighted the importance of the New Zealand food safety system and how it:
- remains robust in responding to challenges
- imparts confidence for consumers during times of uncertainty.
We also launched our strategy for New Zealand Food Safety.
The summit’s themes were:
- ensure New Zealand’s world-class food safety system remains robust in responding to future challenges
- proactively support New Zealanders to feel confident making choices about food
- lead new thinking in international forums to expand our international influence
- be an intelligence-led business that strengthens this country’s food future.
New Zealand Food Safety Summit 2019 programme [PDF, 654 KB]
Hon Damien O’Connor (Minister for Food Safety)
Minister O’Connor’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector. Minister O’Connor was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a minister and been a spokesperson for a variety of roles, including food safety, agriculture, biosecurity, tourism, immigration, and health.
Ray Smith (director-general, Ministry for Primary Industries)
Ray has previously served as chief executive of the Department of Corrections from 2010 to 2018. Prior to this, he was the deputy chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development's Child, Youth and Family. In August 2017, Ray was appointed as government health and safety lead by the State Services commissioner.
Bryan Wilson (deputy director-general, New Zealand Food Safety)
Bryan is responsible for regulatory activities and functions across the food safety, biosecurity, and primary production systems. Previously Bryan has worked in regulation across a range of industries including Aurizon Network in Brisbane and 10 years in leadership roles within Telecom.
Dr Tim Jackson (vice president, Food Safety, Regulatory and Social Compliance, Driscoll’s)
Tim is vice president of food safety, regulatory and social compliance for Driscoll’s, where he has been since 2017. In his role, Jackson leads the team in North and South America with responsibility for food safety, regulatory (including organic) compliance, and compliance in worker welfare. An IAFP member since 2001, Jackson has participated in numerous professional development group activities. He chaired a workshop at the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety in 2006.
Dr Amy Kircher (director, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota)
Amy is the director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis.
Mike Lee (founder, The Future Market)
Mike is the founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores the impact of food systems change over the next 25 years. The Future Market’s goal is to envision what the food of tomorrow will look like today.
Dr Guilherme da Costa (Chairperson, Codex Alimentarius Commission)
Guilherme is a veterinary doctor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil. He has been chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission since 2017 and was agricultural attaché in the mission of Brazil to the WTO in Geneva from 2010 to 2014. Guilherme has worked in food safety in Brazil for 35 years and was director of the Department of SPS Negotiations of the Ministry of Agriculture.
New Zealand speakers
Kelli Brett (editor/co-director, Cuisine)
Kelli is the editor and co-owner of Cuisine. Previous to this Kelli has held senior management level positions in brand and content development for print, broadcast, and online/digital media. She is also an award-winning broadcaster and winner of the world food media awards Best Food & Wine Program.
Sue Chetwin (chief executive, Consumer New Zealand)
Sue joined Consumer New Zealand in 2007 after more than 25 years in print journalism. Sue was formerly the editor of Sunday News, Sunday Star Times, and the Herald on Sunday. She believes there are strong parallels between consumer advocacy and journalism. Sue is also a director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, a member of the Online Media Standards Authority, and a member of the Electricity Authority Retail Advisory group.
Ray McVinnie (food writer)
Ray has experience within the government sector as a consultant and is a member of the Food Safety and Assurance Council which provides independent advice to the government on issues relating to food safety. Ray is the former Cuisine food editor and food columnist for the Sunday Star Times' Sunday magazine, and now consulting food editor at the NZ Herald's Bite magazine. He was a professional chef and was also one of the star judges in the first 5 seasons of Masterchef NZ.
Philip Houlding (director, International Policy, Ministry for Primary Industries)
John Morgan (chief executive, New Zealand Food Innovation Network)
John has been involved in the New Zealand Food Innovation Initiative since its inception in 2010 and is a co-founder in Leftfield Innovation. In both roles he works to help New Zealand build new value-added food products and value chains. John is passionate about supporting our farmers to move from volume to value through identifying and servicing customers who care.
Dr Nick Roskruge (associate professor in horticulture, Massey University)
Nick is an associate professor in horticulture at Massey University, where his research interests include horticulture and vegetable production, Māori resource studies, Māori and Pacific agribusiness, and ethnobotany. He is the chairperson of the National Māori Vegetable Growers Collective.
Dr Steve Hathaway (chief food safety scientist, New Zealand Food Safety)
Steve is the chief food safety scientist at New Zealand Food Safety. He has had a long involvement in food safety research and the development of regulatory food control systems and standards, and has played a key role in the government response to foodborne campylobacteriosis that began in earnest in 2006. Steve has also had long-term involvement with international standards agencies such as Codex in their development of food safety risk analysis and the setting of international standards and guidelines. Steve is adjunct professor of food safety at Massey University.