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All You Can Eat - New Plymouth

What will the Agri Food sector of tomorrow look like?
Join the discussion and get a taste of the future

What's it all about?

Technology is changing the way we eat, farm and produce food, so what does a future-focused mindset mean for the Agrifood sector in Taranaki and wider New Zealand?

Organised by Venture Taranaki, in collaboration with Massey Business School, this event is the chance to hear from a panel of leading agribusiness thinkers and designers on a range of subjects: from smart farming, sustainability, global trends and growing customer sophistication, to the realities of starting a food business and cracking the food value puzzle. 

These exciting presentations will undoubtedly give you plenty of food for thought so join in the Q&A session with the panelists afterwards.

Light refreshments will be provided at the start of the event with an opportunity to network.

Ticket registration essential.


This event is part of a series. For the event in South Taranaki, click here.

You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

Novotel New Plymouth, Corner of Hobson &, Leach St, New Plymouth 4312

Monday 20 May
5:00pm - 7:30pm

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Julia Jones

Head of Analytics

Julia Jones is passionate about inspiring a new generation of food producer, she believes this will ensure long term economic relevance for rural communities. Her 6 years with KPMG fueled her passion for understanding global trends and their impact on NZ and this led to her new role as the Head of Analytics with NZX where she can provide broad insight and foresight to support strong business decisions and signals for change

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Matt Hocken

Nuffield Scholar and Chair of The Rural Innovation Lab.

Mat Hocken is a fourth generation dairy farmer, Nuffield Scholar, founding member of Manawatu Whanganui Farmers and Growers Innovation Collaborative and Chair of the Rural Innovation Lab . His aim is to inspire a new generation of farmers and growers to engage in innovative platforms to solve the challenges and prepare agriculture for a successful future. Matt is also the co-author of The Lean Dairy Farm with his wife Jana and will provide an essential farmer’s perspective.

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Professor Hamish Gow

Professor of Agribusiness Strategy at Massey Business School

Hamish is Professor of Agribusiness at Massey Business School. He is passionate about design-led innovation to assist farmers and rural SMEs build innovative customer-focused business models and value chains that can successful launch agricultural, food and technology products and services into local, regional and international markets.

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Rob Ford

General Manager – General Manager - Innovation, Environment and Technology at Pāmu

Rob is the General Manager – Innovation and Technology at Pāmu, a state-owned enterprise with a nationwide portfolio of farms known for best practice in sustainable and safe farming, as well as new initiatives such as sheep and deer milk. Rob was previously CEO of a technology start-up in Auckland and has been involved with business systems technology that support farmers for many years.


5:00 - 5:20
Networking with light refreshments provided
5.20 - 5.25
7.00 - 7.30
Q&A with the audience

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