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Festival of carbon-zero NZ food to run with inaugural Auckland agrifood summit

17th November 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

A festival of carbon-zero New Zealand food will run alongside a new event in Auckland next year addressing the world’s agrifood climate challenge.

The 2035 Oceania Summit was formally launched at last week’s APEC 2021 CEO Summit and is scheduled for 26-27 April 2022.

The event is being organised by Peter Wren-Hilton, founder of New Zealand-based global agri-food-tech consultancy Wharf42, and supported by AgriTech New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand’s business events team, and Auckland Unlimited’s Auckland Convention Bureau.

The summit would include The Festival of Food, curated by notable Kiwi chef Peter Gordon. The festival would use fresh produce from the Auckland region and across the country, where delegates would be “treated to an amazing selection of food chosen for its zero-carbon footprint”, according to the event’s organisers.

Wren-Hilton said the summit had been designed to showcase local solutions to address global climate impact. The objective was to provide farmers and growers with the tools they needed to clean up the environment, address climate issues and reach net zero emissions targets by 2035.

“The 2035 Oceania Summit Programme is designed to connect key stakeholders across the Oceania region and beyond, to finally address the impact of climate change on the agrifood industry,” Wren-Hilton said.

“The time for talking is over. The time to take action and make a real difference has come.”

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation, the Small Island Developing States, the Australian Agritech Association, and AgriFutures Australia, are also partnering on the summit.

The event would feature plenary and breakout sessions, an exhibition, a start-up hub, an investment pitch event, and a line-up of major local and international speakers.

Tourism New Zealand’s general manager of domestic and business events, Bjoern Spreitzer, said the event was a great opportunity “to highlight New Zealand’s position as a global leader in agritech and agrifood expertise”.

“It opens opportunities for further research and investment that will benefit our local farmers, local economy, and local environment in the longer term.”

Auckland Convention Bureau manager Ken Pereira said that in “addition to the strategic benefits this conference will bring to the agrifood industry, it will also benefit our local hospitality and accommodation sector”. 

“We are proud to support an event that brings together experts working to address climate change.” 

More information about the 2035 Oceania Summit can be found here.



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