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Programme

Day One Presentations

Tautane - 500 years on - Maui's Hook
Ngāhiwi Tomoana, Chairman, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

The changing role of rural professionals
The modern dairy business is about much more than maximising the size of your herd or the number of hectares you farm. It involves navigating a range of forces outside your control – from changing market demand to evolving regulatory frameworks and whatever the weather may throw at you. Increasingly, it also means ensuring you have the right advice, at the right time, so you can see opportunities and take advantage of them as they arise.

The best farmers are proving it is possible not only to survive, but to thrive, in the face of this dynamic environment. A key ingredient in the success of many of these businesses is the prominent role of rural professionals that provide support for decision-making. We want all dairy farmers to understand the value to their business of such an eco-system of support, where advisors work collaboratively around the same table.

Dairy NZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries are working together in some new and evolving ways to assist with this. In this presentation we’ll share some of the things we’re learning from New Zealand’s highest performing dairy farmers, as well as take a closer look at DairyNZ’s Whole Farm Assessment tool and the NZIPIM Dairy Farm Systems Consultant Certification Scheme. 
Dr Steven Kelly, Manager, Economic Data and Analysis, Ministry for Primary Industries and Kate Sargeant, Programme Facilitator, DairyNZ

Succession Planning – advisors responsibility to make this happen
A panel discussion format that will examine barriers and enablers for farmers to tap into the depth of expertise that their professional advisors have. Topics covered will be

  • A fresh look at the internal and external barriers that stop farmers starting
  • The mindset of the advisor – Why I can’t or how I can

What’s working that creates an aligned network of professional advisors for farmers to benefit from.
Chair - Matthew Pickering, Rural Coach & Facilitator, Coach Approach Rural Ltd, Panel: Scott Neeley, Senior Relationship Manager, ANZ Agri, Nico Mouton, Partner, AgFirst Waikato 

Key Considerations in Attracting and Managing Investment in Agri Assets
This session explores the fundamentals of attracting investment into agri assets and the importance of maintaining functional relationships with investors.
Mike Jenkins, Director, Syndex

Selling the sustainable food production story
Supreme winners in the Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards 2016 and national winners of the 2016 Gordon Stephenson Trophy for sustainable farming, Dianne and Richard Kidd are recognised as ambassadors for the promotion of sustainable and profitable farming in New Zealand. Passionate sheep and beef farmers, the Kidds will discuss their establishment of Kaipara Lamb as a leading local producer to the urban Auckland market and how sound environmental stewardship on city-fringe farms like the Whenuanui can help build connectivity with urban consumers. They will also share learnings from their recent European trip looking at sustainable farming programmes in Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as their thoughts on whether some of these systems could be replicated in New Zealand.
Dianne and Richard Kidd, Whenuanui Farm

Trusts - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Trusts abound in the rural sector in New Zealand.

  • The Good  -  A family trust is essential for a farming family’s estate and succession plan.
  • The Bad  -  The cost and inconvenience of a trust can only be justified if the trust is properly used and administered in accordance with strict legal rules.
  • The Ugly  -  Using a trust to operate a farming business risks exposing the individual trustees to significant liability.

This paper will demonstrate how to enhance the good, manage the bad and avoid the ugly.
Ian Blackman, Consultant, BlackmanSpargo Rural Law

Leveraging the No. 8 fencing wire ingenuity
The rural sector is home to some of the most innovative businesses in NZ.  In many cases, that innovation could be more effectively leveraged to provide valuable off-farm income and creative ways to plan for succession. Sally Peart of Marks & Worth Lawyers in Dunedin, an intellectual property specialist, will look at ways rural businesses can unlock and exploit intellectual property they may not even know they have.  This presentation will seek to dispel some of the myths which surround intellectual property using real life case studies and look at ways rural businesses can exploit their own ingenuity.
Sally Peart, Partner, Marks and Worth

The changing Agri value chain
In this session Hilton will discuss some emerging trends based on his experience in industry and with the Te Hono movement at Stanford University. He will cover the PFL Group’s move into producing Wagyu beef in partnership with Firstlight and trailing the use of Merino genetics, with Merino NZ, to influence both meat and wool traits for supply to targeted customers.  Both of these work streams are about trying to produce to a clearly defined market with a clear line of site through the supply chain, thus enabling direct communication between “farm gate” and “customer plate”, something today’s consumers are demanding.  He will also discuss his work with “Waka Aotearoa” a group that owns 350 farming properties who are similarly interested in realigning their farm operations to match customer expectations, this touches on environmental, animal welfare and social support plans.
Hilton Collier, Managing Director, Pakihiroa Farms

Data enables decision making and efficient markets
Access to timely and accurate data is vital for markets to operate efficiently. Susan will speak about why NZX has an agricultural data business and how their clients use data to make informed decisions. They way data and information is accessed in the future will be considerably different to how it is today. The challenge is to foresee these changes and adapt as the world becomes more and more connected.
Susan Kilsby, Senior Analyst, AgriHQ, NZX Ltd

Day Two Presentations

Horticulture – New Zealand’s future export leader
Horticulture is the primary industries’ quiet achiever – expanding, growing and meeting global consumer demands for healthy food. Food trends are changing and consumers are seeking out the provenance of their food, information about its impact on their health, and assurances around the environmental impact of its production. With these demands, a diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables is increasingly popular and Horticulture New Zealand believes that within a generation, horticulture will be one of New Zealand’s leading primary sector exports. Horticulture is already showing rapid growth with exports increasing in value by 40% between June 2014 and 2016. We are a $5.4 billion industry, exporting to 125 countries and employing 60,000 people. To continue this growth we need to protect our growing land, have access to water, be able to source people to work across all levels of the industry, and have market access for exports. Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman will outline future plans for horticulture in his presentation.
Mike Chapman, Chief Executive, Horticulture NZ

The twists and turns of global food markets
Con Williams, Agri Economist, ANZ

ACC - transforming how our customers do business with us
ACC is improving the way they work with customers though their online services. In this session, they’ll explore some of the planned changes, talk about the changes that have been made and how these will improve customer experience for advisers and their clients.
Nathan Meo and Leigh Austin, Relationship Managers, ACC

Health and Safety in Agriculture – the reality
Fatality and serious injury data are trending downwards and on current performance, it’s likely the Government’s target of a 25% reduction by 2020 will be met. Agriculture, however, remains at levels well in excess of other industries. Momentum must be kept up and businesses, workers and influencers must continue to make health and safety their priority. This session brings two perspectives – that of the regulator which is mandated to lead health and safety system improvements – and that of a key influencer in the system.
Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive, Worksafe NZ and Chris Alderson, Director, Health & Safety, PwC

Unlock the value of Advisory Boards for farmers
Learn how Advisory Boards provide an innovative pathway to governance, succession and growth for New Zealand farmers, their advisors and the wider agricultural industry. Hear case studies of how farmers and advisors are using Advisory Boards in New Zealand.
Helen Down, Managing Director, Advisory Boards New Zealand

Beyond recovery: growth, value and innovation in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry
A resilient, cohesive kiwifruit industry has staged a strong recovery from the devastating impact of Psa that struck in late 2010. Support from the government, decisive action on biosecurity and a pathway out of Psa with the SunGold variety underpinned the result. Today, a resurgent industry is delivering strong growth in kiwifruit volumes, led by SunGold expansion, and Zespri delivered over $2bn in global sales in 2016. Zespri’s ambition is now to grow global sales to $4.5bn by 2025, with production from locations outside New Zealand growing rapidly to support a 12-month supply strategy. Meanwhile, Zespri’s investment in innovation continues to target new successful varieties to expand the kiwifruit category globally.
Simon Limmer, Chief Operating Officer, Zespri