Ina Te Ora has been a success

MORE TO COME: Manu Caddie (pictured) from Hikurangi Enterprises said it was planned to follow up this week's highly successful Ina Te Ora 'Food Futures' conference with two more next year. Picture by Murray Robertson

NEW partnerships and commitment to take a couple of proposals to the Minister of Regional Economic Development came out of the successful Ina Te Ora ‘Food Futures’ conference in Gisborne this week.

More than 250 people took part during the three days of the event, held at Muriwai Marae and then at the Emerald Hotel.

“I think it has been hugely successful,” said conference organiser Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Enterprises.

“We had people here from all over New Zealand, and a couple of experts from overseas and the feedback shows the ‘Food Futures’ topic is of great interest to Maori landowners.”

One conference attendee Nancy Tuhura from Ruatoria said it had been “absolutely brilliant”.

“The coming together of all the people to further our knowledge.”

Another attendee, Anita Waitoa from Te Araroa, found four words to describe it — “Brilliant, impacting, memorable, empowering”.

Mr Caddie said there was a keen desire to connect communities in Tairawhiti with research, expertise and successful entrepreneurs in the food sector. “Every-day local people got to have some substantial conversations with world-class experts in food and there were some new partnerships formed out of it. We intend to conduct a survey next week on the flow-on impact of the conference, and we will monitor the development of the partnerships formed.”

He said there was a lot of fresh thinking presented and locals were challenged to “lift and shift” their game in food production.

“We need to if we want to retain our position as a food bowl for the country and the world.”

Mr Caddie said it was great to have a number of key, local, food leaders participate in the conference.

“It was clear that the focus needs to be on creating another three Cedenco-style food businesses here that add value to raw products.

“Particularly high nutrition and high-value foods.

“In a workshop at the end, conference delegates identified a number of new initiativesfor the region, connected to the food innovation themes of the event. These will be developed with key local, national and inernational partners.”

AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation (The Government’s innovation agency), NZ Trade and Industry and Plant and Food Research played key roles in the conference, which was run by Hikurangi Enterprises in partnership with the Massey University and the ECT.

“We plan to run three more conferences next year,” Mr Caddie said. “One will focus on the marine economy, one on sustainable economic development and the other on biotechnology.”

NEW partnerships and commitment to take a couple of proposals to the Minister of Regional Economic Development came out of the successful Ina Te Ora ‘Food Futures’ conference in Gisborne this week.

More than 250 people took part during the three days of the event, held at Muriwai Marae and then at the Emerald Hotel.

“I think it has been hugely successful,” said conference organiser Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Enterprises.

“We had people here from all over New Zealand, and a couple of experts from overseas and the feedback shows the ‘Food Futures’ topic is of great interest to Maori landowners.”

One conference attendee Nancy Tuhura from Ruatoria said it had been “absolutely brilliant”.

“The coming together of all the people to further our knowledge.”

Another attendee, Anita Waitoa from Te Araroa, found four words to describe it — “Brilliant, impacting, memorable, empowering”.

Mr Caddie said there was a keen desire to connect communities in Tairawhiti with research, expertise and successful entrepreneurs in the food sector. “Every-day local people got to have some substantial conversations with world-class experts in food and there were some new partnerships formed out of it. We intend to conduct a survey next week on the flow-on impact of the conference, and we will monitor the development of the partnerships formed.”

He said there was a lot of fresh thinking presented and locals were challenged to “lift and shift” their game in food production.

“We need to if we want to retain our position as a food bowl for the country and the world.”

Mr Caddie said it was great to have a number of key, local, food leaders participate in the conference.

“It was clear that the focus needs to be on creating another three Cedenco-style food businesses here that add value to raw products.

“Particularly high nutrition and high-value foods.

“In a workshop at the end, conference delegates identified a number of new initiativesfor the region, connected to the food innovation themes of the event. These will be developed with key local, national and inernational partners.”

AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation (The Government’s innovation agency), NZ Trade and Industry and Plant and Food Research played key roles in the conference, which was run by Hikurangi Enterprises in partnership with the Massey University and the ECT.

“We plan to run three more conferences next year,” Mr Caddie said. “One will focus on the marine economy, one on sustainable economic development and the other on biotechnology.”

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