The 2017 week at a glance

The big week is nearly here and it’s looking even better than last year! Check out how you can get involved.

The 2017 Sheep Milk NZ Conference will kick off the Week on March 13. This conference will continue to support the development of the fledgling industry with a focus on exceptional foods. Marc Soper – NZ Chef of the Nation – will provide demonstrations of how to use these products in an exciting and interesting way.

New to New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week and to Manawatū will be the AgTech Hackathon, which connects smart farmers with smarter on-farm solutions. The Hackathon will enable our farming community to present everyday on-farm opportunities and challenges to technology experts, who can then creatively solve these problems drawing on their hardware and software programming skills. The launch will take place Monday 13th March at Stewart Dairylands, and final pitches of business ideas and products will be presented at Central Districts Field Days Friday 17.

The NZ Future Farms Conference at the Palmerston North Convention Centre, will again return to the Week kicking off this year on Tuesday 14 March. A Governance and Succession Planning Master Class will take place Thursday 16 at Manfeild Park, Central Districts Field Days.

A new initiative undertaken by New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week and Talent Central is the NZAgInvest Youth Day on Wednesday 15 March. NZAgInvest Youth Day is the final stage of a new Agribusiness Scholarship Programme available to Manawatū secondary school students in 2017, and is supported by many local agribusinesses including ASB, Fonterra, Massey University, FMG, NZX Agri and PGG Wrightson.

NZAgInvest Presents: Future Leaders is an invitation only event that will round off the youth focus with three young speakers presenting their ideas for the New Zealand Agrifood Strategy.

Thursday 16 March will be a busy day in the week with a number of events taking place. Central Districts Field Days will kick off with the opening of the new ASB Innovation Zone. Following this, the Ballance Farm Environment Awards regional dinner will be held at the Awapuni Racecourse, while over in Feilding the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Networker will take place at PBBNZ. The message from the hosts, PBBNZ, Snapchill and OnFarmSafety, will be how rural professionals can “Work Smarter, Not Harder”.

The same evening New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), in partnership with ASB, will host their annual invitation only New Zealand Agribusiness Investment Showcase promoting the latest innovations in agritech.

Accelerate 25 Stock Water Reticulation Workshops will take place at Central Districts Field Days on 16 and 17 March as part of the action coming out of the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Growth Plan.

ASB Perspective 2025 will again round off this years New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week on Friday 17 March. A favourite for many last year, eight accomplished female speakers from the agrifood industry will take part in a round table discussion addressing the theme: “New Zealand 2025: Restaurant to the World?”

Running alongside New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week, is Plate of Origin. Returning for the second year, ten local restaurants have partnered with a restaurant in a different region from across the country. Each restaurant partnership will create and present a Plate of Origin dish available for sale the entire week. Book now at

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