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
Te Uru Rākau (a part of MPI) is sponsoring the New Zealand Institute of Forestry's 2019 ANZIF (Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Foresters) Conference. The conference is jointly run by the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
The conference provides up-to-date information to forestry professionals. It includes a mentoring session, field trips, and also has a student focus.
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 sponsoring the Crazy & Ambitious 2 Symposium 2019, which is run by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. It is focussed on New Zealand's biodiversity, and on improving its biosecurity.
The theme is 'partnering to impact', and aims to create conversation around some of the challenges facing New Zealand's environment. There will be panel talks, live question-and-answer sessions, and updates on science and research being done from 18 organisations.
The venue is Te Papa, Wellington.
Biosecurity New Zealand is sponsoring the National Education and Training Seminar (NETS). NETS is the annual national education and training seminar of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute (NZBI).
NETS is a 3-day seminar that allows for knowledge sharing and discussion on biosecurity issues. It includes presentations, workshops, and field trips. It provides a forum for attendees to discuss and debate how to collectively minimise the risk of biosecurity threats to New Zealand.
Before the seminar, NZBI will also run a 'biosecurity week' campaign to raise awareness of biosecurity among the New Zealand public.
Ko Tātou – This Is Us is sponsoring the BUGS: Our Backyard Heroes exhibition. The exhibition provides hands-on education for families, focussing on insects and their role in nature. It aims to make people more aware of biosecurity, and how certain insects are good or bad to New Zealand's environment.
Learning outcomes include getting people more informed and involved in protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. This fits in with our Biosecurity 2025 strategy of getting all New Zealanders taking action to protect the country.
The exhibition will run from 29 June to 18 September 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Who to contact
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