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Last Call for Kaitaki Applications + Arable Food Champion

Last Call for Kaitaki Applications + Arable Food Champion

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I’m taking my recent Arable Food Champion award, (given by Federated Farmers and the arable food industry), as a sign that we’re on the right track working towards a Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. It’s such an important sector because it makes up so much of what we eat (and drink); from breakfast cereal to bread, pasta, noodles and biscuits to hummus, pies and even beer. It’s what we import the most of, and ensuring we have resilient, secure local production in such uncertain times feels like important work.

I’m so proud to work with some incredible arable farmers who are the kings and queens of mixed farm systems, something that will undoubtedly be an important part of our agricultural landscape and food-growing future.

And speaking of the future, this week is the last chance to apply to become an Eat New Zealand Kaitaki. Our cohort of next generation food leaders telling the Aotearoa Food story span the food system, from farmers & fishers to chefs & creatives. Just reading the applications so far fills me with hope and excitement.

We’re so grateful to Our Land and Water National Science Challenge for sharing our vision.

Noho ora mai.

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.

Also in this newsletter...

  • Kaitaki Zoom Kōrero explores Revitalise te Taiao
  • Last Chance to register for Walk the Talk; Virtual Food Summit: 17th Aug

Note: Kaitaki Applications close this Wednesday 17th August at 5pm.

Apply now to become an Eat NZ Kaitaki 2022/2023

Kaitaki explore Revitalise te Taiao

Last week some of our current Kaitaki Collective came together to engage in an important kōrero with Our Land and Water National Science Challenge. They introduced us to the Revitalise te Taiao - a mātauranga-led, science-informed, te Taiao-inspired research programme, which aims to explore and understand the opportunities of how agribusinesses and communities can thrive if we begin with te Taiao - our natural world.

If you're interested in being involved in important conversations like these, then consider joining this growing army of young food leaders - apply now to become an Eat NZ Kaitaki.

Apply now to become an Eat NZ Kaitaki 2022/2023

Virtual Food Summit: Wed 17 Aug

Last few days to register for 'Walk the Talk' a free online summit focused on telling the true story of food.

Kate Underwood (@relishthememory), our Kaitaki lead and Communications Specialist, joins a panel of woman from across the food system hosted by Emily King of Spira.

Other guests include:

  • Rangimarie Hunia: CEO, Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei & Mana Kai Initiative
  • Nic McConnell: Director, Marvellous Marketing & Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
  • Floris Niu: Founder, Pacific Cacao and Chocolate & Cacao Farmer, Samoa
  • Gretta Carney: Owner, Hapi in Napier
  • Tiffany Tompkins: CEO, Organics Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Kath Eastwood: General Manager, Dietitians New Zealand

Wednesday 17th August

10am - 12midday via Zoom

Attendance is FREE - simply register your details here.

Register now for the Virtual Food Summit

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Our Land and Water, AgResearch, Anchor Food Professionals & Foundation for Arable Research.


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