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World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit (San Fran) – Insights from Members

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

Fresh from attending the 2023 World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit  a panel of AgriTechNZ members share their insights in a webinar. Our members mingled with over 2000 innovators and investors from the global agritech community in San Francisco, USA. This year’s discussion focused on future proofing resilience in agriculture: the climate-water-energy-food nexus.

Our panel discussed their impressions, key takeaways, learnings, strategic insights, opportunities and challenges for agritech.


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Global AgriFutures – How can New Zealand respond to overseas trends?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Missed the Global AgriFutures Insights webinar? No problem, you can still watch it all here.

Meet 2022 Nuffield scholar Lucie Douma, who shares key agritech insights following her international study tour exploring environmental and farming contexts.

This year, Lucie spent four months visiting farmers, growers and support organisations across Europe, North America and Australia.

Join us to hear Lucie’s key agritech insights including water challenges in North America, labour shortages, corporatising farm trends, food security, soil understanding and knowledge, plus the corn belt and the role of genetically modified organisms (GMO).  She will also discuss the impact of production and growth trends for New Zealand and how we position ourselves on the global stage. 

Lucie Douma leads a team at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) examining disruptions to domestic food and fibre supply chains and the primary sector’s pandemic recovery.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 1 February, 2023
Time: 11.00 am
Event Type: Webinar
Cost: Free for Members and Non-Members

About the speaker:

Lucie Douma manages the Covid Recovery and Supply Chain team at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). 

She is a 2022 Nuffield scholar and has had the opportunity to travel around Europe, North America, and Australia in a post Covid environment to meet with farmers, growers and support organisations to understand the environment and context in which they farm. 

Lucie grew up on a dairy farm and understands the farming way of life. She has taken this knowledge and applied it to various aspects in her career from consulting with KPMG through to her public sector work at both MPI and previously at the Ministry for the Environment. 

Lucie has a Masters of Science from the University of Oxford and was a top rower for her college. 

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AgriTechNZ Inform Event: New Innovation Grants

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Involved in R&D or innovation? 

The Government is launching two new R&D grants to boost business innovation.  The grants aim to help with the high costs and steep learning curves associated with R&D. They will also provide  pathways to the existing R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI). Learn more or provide feedback into their design at our next AgriTechNZ Inform event.

The Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant will support non-R&D innovation activities. It is designed to help businesses whose activity is likely to build capabilities or create opportunities with wider benefits across the New Zealand innovation system. It will be targeted at businesses pioneering innovation or building platforms that will help other innovators.

The New to R&D Grant will support businesses in the early stages of their investment to help establish an R&D programme and build their capability.

Hear from NZTech’s CEO Brendan O’ConnellDr. Simon Wakeman, Principal Advisor and Dr Jeremy Smith, Senior Policy Advisor in the Innovation Policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as they discuss the new grants, including:

  • who is eligible for the new innovation grants?
  • when will the new innovation grants be available?
  • when in a business’s journey will grants have the most impact?
  • what non-R&D tasks and costs will be supported?
  • what support do new to R&D businesses require?
  • how can businesses best prepare to access the RDTI?
  • what happens if recipients exit New Zealand?

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New Zealand Ireland Agritech Summit – Recordings

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Explore new opportunities for cooperation and building strategic innovation partnerships.Join the conversation and hear the voice of the farmer and the voice of the planet.

Watch the webinar below.


8:00am – 8:20 am –  Opening and Welcome to the summit


8:25 am – 9:15am – Panel 1 – Voice of the farmer
In this session we will hear from farmers in New Zealand and Ireland who have been learning from each other through various exchanges. The challenge on-farm and role of technologies will be considered across both regions.


8:25 am – 9:15am – Panel 3 – Voice of  planet
In this session we will hear from research and industry organisations who are addressing issues of climate impact and sustainability that are shared by both countries and impact the future of livestock farming globally.



9:20 am – 9:35am – Closing remarks
  • Brendan O’Connell – Chief Executive, AgriTechNZ
  • Dan O’Brien – Vice Chair, AgTech Ireland
  • Ambassador of New Zealand to Ireland,  HE Brad Burgess
  • Ambassador of Ireland to New Zealand, HE Peter Ryan




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AgriTech Connect Tour (ITP)

Monday, December 13th, 2021

The latest on the state of the agritech industry.

  • Discover the new pilot programmes that our partners, Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) have co-created.
  • Learn about the new online resource that can help your business grow.
  • A progress update on the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan (ITP).
  • The latest industry news and innovations.
  • Discussion on topics that shape our sector including global connections, industry collaborations and technology adoption.

Speaker Presentations:

Simon Yarrow– Group Manager AgriFood – Callaghan Innovation
Graeme Solloway – Partner, Manufacturing –  NZTE

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Andrew Cameron – Principal Consultant, Agritech ITP – Callaghan Innovation

Brendan O’Connell– Chief Executive – AgriTechNZ

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Tim Cutfield– Principal Consultant – Agventure Consulting

Michelle Li Huiling– International Partnerships Lead (Industry Transformation Plan) – New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

Nicky Molloy– Business Innovation Advisor – Agritech – Callaghan Innovation

Shane Dooley– Business Innovation Advisor – Callaghan Innovation

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