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 a member of PICA, and a sponsor of the GrowingNZ 2019 Innovation Challenge.
The Challenge is designed to introduce Year 9 to 11 science, technology, and commerce students to the primary sectors. This is relevant – our People Powered report found that the primary sector has a growing need for a workforce with science, technology, business, and management skills.
Across the 4 days, students will focus on applying their skills to solving real-life challenges that are present in the primary industries.
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MPI is sponsoring the New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) 2019 conference. The conference brings members and other resource management practitioners together to discuss resource management issues.
The 2019 theme is “Change at Pace and Scale: Essential Freshwater – Afforestation and Land Use Change – Climate Change”. This fits in with our work programmes our sustainable land use and climate change.
The venue is the Waitaha Events Centre Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi, Paihia, Bay of Islands.
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New Zealand Food Safety (a business unit of MPI) is a proud sponsor of the 20th World Congress of Food Science and Technology. The congress is being held by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) in collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST).
This biennial world congress is the peak global meeting for food science and technology, and typically has around 1,500 delegates from across the globe. IUFoST attracts food scientists, food technologists, new product development innovators, engineers, academic researchers, regulatory advisors and food safety experts from industry, academia and government.
This is an opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s innovative food science and technology to lead thinkers in the global food industry. It is the first time this event has come to New Zealand.
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Te Uru Rākau (a part of MPI) sponsored the New Zealand Institute of Forestry's 2019 ANZIF (Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Foresters) Conference. The conference was jointly run by the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
The conference provided up-to-date information to forestry professionals. It included a mentoring session, field trips, and also had a student focus.
MPI is proud to support the Ahuwhenua Trophy Te Puni Kо̄kiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award.
Eugene and Pania King from Kiroroa Station, Matawai, were announced as the winners on 24 May. The awards dinner was at the Gisborne Showgrounds and Event Centre.
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.
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
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email email@example.com