The Ministry for Primary Industries sponsors a range of community events, conferences, and awards. Click on a subject box for more information.
Events sponsored by MPI
MPI is proud to support the Ahuwhenua Trophy Te Puni Kо̄kiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate 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 2019 competition is for Māori sheep and beef farmers.
Finalists for 2019 were announced on 22 February 2019. The winner will be announced on 24 May, at the awards dinner at the Gisborne Showgrounds and Event Centre.
Fisheries New Zealand is again a proud sponsor of Seaweek. Seaweek is New Zealand’s national marine education and engagement week. The 2019 event will highlight land and sea connections, and encourage critical thinking around how people's actions and choices affect marine environment health.
MPI is a proud sponsor of the Harbour Clean-up and Marine Bio-Blitz. This event is part of the re-development of the new marine precinct at Sulphur Point. Commercial fishers, businesses, mana whenua (Ngati Ranginui), and Waikato University are working together to develop technology that prevents unwanted pathogens from building up on wharves.
The project involves a 'marine incursion bio-blitz' as part of a coastal clean-up around the port of Tauranga. The Kia Tika Tatahi event will be held on the 10 March and will involve a 2km coastal clean-up.
Te Uru Rākau is sponsoring the NZ Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) annual conference. The event will bring forestry sector professionals together, including iwi land owners. The NZFFA is the voice of small-medium sized forest growers in New Zealand. It represents around 500,000 hectares of plantation forestry.
The NZFFA's objectives fit in with MPI's wider strategy. As well as supporting the One Billion Trees Programme, they encourage optimal land use, best environmental and economic outcomes, and informed decision making.
MPI is a proud sponsor of Whenua Ora - National Māori Engagement Programme, a national programme to support and encourage young Māori to enter the primary industries.
The programme was developed by Whenua Kura – a trust that aims to grow the next generation of Māori leaders in the primary sector. Whenua Kura works with iwi, tertiary education providers, employers and government agencies to support Māori through education and career development. MPI sponsorship allows the programme to extend to more regions and to focus on primary industries that are relevant to each region.
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. Application dates are available on the programme's website.
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.
New Zealand Food Safety (part of MPI) is a proud sponsor of the 2019 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards, which are run by the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association.
The Awards help to promote New Zealand's cheese industry, and encourage technical excellence and development from cheesemakers. They help to raise awareness of New Zealand cheese, and aim to help increase consumption of them.
The Awards take place in early 2019 – the gold medal announcement is in March. Trophies are awarded in May.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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