MC – Jamie Mackay

A former accountancy student at Otago University and Lincoln College graduate in agriculture, Jamie Mackay farmed at Riversdale for ten years before a brief and undistinguished career as a house-husband.

In 1994, he negotiated the purchase of 4ZG from Radio New Zealand, the first and only sale of a state-owned radio station to private enterprise, which went on to become Hokonui Gold.

From there, the Farming Show took root before becoming The Country, nationwide on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport.

Session One – Jim Jefcoate

Jim joined the GLOBALG.A.P. board in 2010 and became the Vice-Chairman in 2013. He was reappointed as GLOBALG.A.P. Board Vice Chairman for the 2017-2021 term

Jim holds a BSc degree in Agriculture with Agricultural Economics. Both his retail and supply base experience of over 25 years enables him to understanding customer demands and their rising expectations, as well as the demands that the media and regulators place on supermarkets. He is also acutely aware of how this translates into pressure further upstream in the supply base.

Session Two – David Camp

Stronger Together is a business led, multi-stakeholder collaboration to support organisations to tackle modern slavery risks within their businesses and supply chains. Stronger Together provides clear UNGP aligned guidance and pragmatic resources to support employers and labour providers to deter, detect and deal appropriately with forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden labour exploitation

Session Two – Craig Whitcombe

Craig is the Product Director at AskYourTeam, an innovative New Zealand software company. Craig has been working closely with Apple and Pears NZ to develop a solution providing a voice for seasonal workers that help assure responsible employment practices in the sector.

Session Three – Bill Mackintosh

Mackintosh Fruit Farm, Berryville, VA

Bill is a grower and spray programme consultant for apple, pear and peach growers in Virginia and West Virginia. He has been an active member of the mid-Atlantic fruit industry for 35 years and has experienced BMSB firsthand.

Session Three – Dave Tanner

Dave is the Managing Director of Start Afresh Limited. Start Afresh is a Horticultural Innovation Company founded by Dave and his business partner, Sally Gardiner in 2015. This company is involved with property investment, applied research and development, business improvement, and education and training in the horticulture sector.

Prior to starting this venture, Dave had eight years with Zespri International, primarily as General Manager, Science & Innovation. Dave currently holds a number of Board positions, including being Chair of Kiwifruit Vine Health, the biosecurity agency for the New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry.

Most importantly, Dave is a passionate grower of both apples and kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty, and Hawkes Bay.

Session Three – Nicola Robertson

Working in horticultural biosecurity and market access for over 10 years’, Nicola has spent time in Plant Imports and Exports in MPI and worked with horticultural industries in Australia to export to Asia. Nicola joined Apples and Pears with experience in both the technical and political aspects of trade, including pest risk analysis, incursion response, export standards and trade negotiations. She understands the complexity of the biosecurity risks we face and how these affect both our production and market access. 

Session Four – Lilly Lim-Camacho

Dr Lim-Camacho is a transdisciplinary scientist with expertise in value chain analysis, focusing on harnessing the private sector for sustainable development of food systems and societies. She leads a group of scientists focused on developing evidence-based solutions to near- and long-term environmental and sustainability challenges in agriculture and the food fibre system. Lilly’s background is in agribusiness management, value chain analysis, and market research, having completed her PhD on new rural industry development through supply chain management in 2003.

Session Four – Brent Clothier

Brent Clothier is a Principal Scientist with Plant & Food Research. He is based in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Brent has a BSc (Hons) from Canterbury University, and a PhD and DSc from Massey University.  Brent is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand – Te Apārangi.

Session Four – Anita Wreford

Anita began at Lincoln University in 2018. Prior to this she was a Senior Economist at Scion, after spending ten years in the UK working at the University of East Anglia (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research); Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC); and as Science advisor on climate change to the Scottish Government. Anita began her career as a research associate at Lincoln University.

BAppl Sci (NRM) (Massey University), MAppl Sci (NRM) Massey University, PhD (Trade and Environment, Lincoln University)

Gala Dinner – Cameron Bagrie

Cameron has been an economist for 20 years. For over 11 years he was the Chief Economist at ANZ, heading a team that was consistently ranked No. 1 for its analysis of the New Zealand economy. He developed a reputation for taking a forthright stand on even the hardest of economic issues. He’s also worked as an economist at the National Bank, Treasury and Statistics New Zealand.

His approach to economics is pragmatic and non-ideological.

Cameron holds B Com from the University of Otago and an M Com from the University of Canterbury.

Session Five – Vangelis Vitalis

Vangelis is the Deputy Secretary Trade & Economic Group and returned to Wellington in 2017 having been New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva since August 2015. In addition to his role as Deputy Secretary, Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP), which enters into force on 30 December 2018.

Session Five – Mike Petersen

Mike Petersen is New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE) and has held this role since July 2013.

Mr Petersen is a successful farmer and industry leader in the New Zealand agricultural community. In 2018, Mr Petersen was awarded the New Zealand Agricultural Communicator of the Year. Mr Petersen owns and operates a finishing farm in Hawke’s Bay, which he has managed since New Zealand’s agricultural reforms in the late 1980s. Mr Petersen also has governance roles with a number of New Zealand farming businesses and agribusinesses servicing the rural sector.

The role as New Zealand Special Agriculture Trade Envoy (SATE) is to advocate for New Zealand’s agriculture trade interests, from the perspective of a practising farmer. Mike was Beef & Lamb NZ (formerly Meat & Wool) chairman and 2001 Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year and the national FMG Rural Excellence Award two years later. He is a director of Whangara Farms, which won the Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori excellence in beef and sheep farming in 2009.

Session Six – Karl Wixon

Iwi: Ngāi Tahu / Kāti Māmoe / Waitaha / Ngāti Toa Rangatira / Pākehā

Bluff born, and Hawke’s Bay raised and resident, Karl is one of NZs leading strategic creatives when it comes to promoting and positioning Māori and New Zealand in offshore markets.  He has recently led brand and story development for three China focussed export collectives including New Zealand Food Basket, HUI Māori Collective and TUKU Māori Winemakers Collective.  Karl also acts as Kaiārahi Māori / Cultural Advisor to Tourism NZ’s International Brand and content team, Education NZs brand and culture teams, and was intimately involved in development of the NZ Story programme from 2012-2018 as both a contractor and board member.  This Fellow and former President of the Designers Institue of NZ was also a founder of Ngā Aho Inc, the national society of Māori Design professionals.  His expertise spans brand & story, design thinking, and strategy, with a primary focus on indigenous enterprise and economic development. His work has taken him to China, Chile and recently Canada where he was contracted to develop a regional economic action plan for Northern Manitoba working closely with First Nations, Industry, communities and provincial government.  He describes what he does as ‘designing futures & making shift happen’.

Session Six – Darren Rewi

Darren and his family have lived in Queenstown for thirty years since leaving Invercargill and Is very passionate about supporting initiatives and groups that provide a creative outlet for residents. Currently self-employed as a Health and Safety Consultant he made the transition in September 2016 after a long and successful career with Air New Zealand. As well as a senior role in a corporate organisation he has served in governance roles on various community organisations in both Southland and Queenstown, which includes experience representing Runaka and Iwi locally on many projects including Remarkables Primary School Establishment Board and the Uruuruwhenua Police Maori Advisory Group. Darren has also held governance roles in Wellington including Sport Wellington and is currently finishing his term as the Chair of Wellington Rugby League.

Session Seven – Mike Duke

Professor Mike Duke is the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering at the
University of Waikato. He leads the Waikato Robotics Automation and
Sensing (WaiRAS) research group, specializing in agricultural robotics. Mike’s group works with growers and machine manufacturers to undertake applied research into automating agricultural processes and collecting and analyzing data. He believes we are at the tipping point for a revolution in digital agriculture and that New Zealand is ideally placed to be a global leader.   

Session Seven – Joanna Bowen

Jo Bowen has been working for Plant & Food Research, and its predecessor HortResearch, since 1992, with an interlude in the early 2000s when she took time off to raise a family. She is originally from the UK, where she gained her BSc from Exeter University, and her PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, in 1992. Since arriving in New Zealand she has worked on the interaction between fungal pathogens and their hosts, with a focus on the apple diseases scab and European canker, and more recently powdery mildew. However, she has also worked on pathogens of squash, biocontrol agents and host responses in kiwifruit. She is particularly interested in the molecular cross-talk between pathogens and hosts, and how knowledge of that interaction can inform novel control strategies.