Incentive offered for Ina te Ora farming conference

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ORGANISERS of the agritech and food futures conference that starts in Gisborne tomorrow have announced an opportunity for participating Maori land blocks to win a unique prize for participating.

The three-day conference focuses on Maori landowners and entrepreneurs.

“Maori land blocks represented at the event will have the opportunity to work with specialist advisors at some of New Zealand’s top research and development organisations if they take part in the conference,” said Ina te Ora Tairawhiti Food Futures event organiser Manu Caddie.

“The advisors will help the land block owners look at land use options, and innovative products and pathways to market for the commodities coming off the block.”

Mr Caddie said Hikurangi Enterprises have developed strong relationships with most of the universities, Crown research institutes and private research organisations.

“There are some clever people in these institutions who can help local landowners unlock the potential of their whenua with their whanau.”

Hikurangi Enterprises has worked with the Ministry for Primary Industries, Landcare Research and a land use consultant on one Maori land block to identify the particular geophysical and climate characteristics of the block.

Suitable crops and land use options were identified based on the profile of the block.

“We plan to scale this work to enable other land blocks to utilise the data and that should also enable economies of scale if a number of blocks decide to get into producing similar crops for the same markets.”

Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to nominate a Maori land block.

“Two blocks will be invited to participate in an initial assessment followed by intensive engagement with experts at research organisations including Massey University, Victoria University, Callaghan Innovation, Landcare Research and the Cawthron Institute,” Mr Caddie said.

Supported by NZ Trade and Enterprise, Plant and Food Research, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Massey University and ECT, the Ina Te Ora conference features 40 presenters.



ORGANISERS of the agritech and food futures conference that starts in Gisborne tomorrow have announced an opportunity for participating Maori land blocks to win a unique prize for participating.

The three-day conference focuses on Maori landowners and entrepreneurs.

“Maori land blocks represented at the event will have the opportunity to work with specialist advisors at some of New Zealand’s top research and development organisations if they take part in the conference,” said Ina te Ora Tairawhiti Food Futures event organiser Manu Caddie.

“The advisors will help the land block owners look at land use options, and innovative products and pathways to market for the commodities coming off the block.”

Mr Caddie said Hikurangi Enterprises have developed strong relationships with most of the universities, Crown research institutes and private research organisations.

“There are some clever people in these institutions who can help local landowners unlock the potential of their whenua with their whanau.”

Hikurangi Enterprises has worked with the Ministry for Primary Industries, Landcare Research and a land use consultant on one Maori land block to identify the particular geophysical and climate characteristics of the block.

Suitable crops and land use options were identified based on the profile of the block.

“We plan to scale this work to enable other land blocks to utilise the data and that should also enable economies of scale if a number of blocks decide to get into producing similar crops for the same markets.”

Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to nominate a Maori land block.

“Two blocks will be invited to participate in an initial assessment followed by intensive engagement with experts at research organisations including Massey University, Victoria University, Callaghan Innovation, Landcare Research and the Cawthron Institute,” Mr Caddie said.

Supported by NZ Trade and Enterprise, Plant and Food Research, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Massey University and ECT, the Ina Te Ora conference features 40 presenters.



It starts at 9.45am tomorrow at Muriwai Marae, then Thursday and Friday morning at the Emerald Hotel. The full line up of presenters is available at www.hikurangi.enterprises

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