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Take the National Food Strategy Survey HERE.

As a way to register your thoughts around the possibility of a National Food Strategy or ‘Citizenry of Food’ in New Zealand, we have created a quick survey that we hope you will consider completing. We know there is a large and diverse spread of people from across our food system who have listened to these conversations and we’d love to engage you all further so you can have your voices heard. Take the survey.

Eat New Zealand have facilitated this discussion through a series of online ConversatioNZ in the form of live webinars. If you missed them, you can watch the recordings of these conversations below:


4.0 "National Food Strategy ConversatioNZ 4.0"

Tuesday 29th September


In our last webinar we focussed on some of our big rural sectors, so this time we wanted to remind people of the importance of food in our urban spaces, which spans the system from production to transformation and celebration.

Joining our CE Angela Clifford on the panel were:

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy @maunga_kereru has long been an advocate for a circular, holistic vision of food in urban spaces, and is the driving force behind @omg_akl, @fortheloveofbeesnz and one of the instigators of the @urbanfarmersalliance_nz and @regenerate.now

Carl Freeman is behind @freeman_farms_taranaki and Farm Next Door, a suburban farm and also a growers collective in Taranaki, he sells his produce at the @farmers_market_taranaki a space where urban folk and their food producers come face to face on a regular basis.

Sarah Meikle is the CE for Wellington Culinary Events Trust and heads the team behind @wellyonaplate. She is also part of the exec for @eat.newzealand and works with @tourism_nz on their food & beverage narrative.

Julia Milne is the driving force behind @commonunitynz Aotearoa in Lower Hutt, and is a leading light in terms of the importance of engaging community through the transformation of food and creating social capital as well as better food access.



3.0 "National Food Strategy ConversatioNZ 3.0"

Tuesday 8th September


Joining our CEO Angela Clifford on the panel were :

Karen Williams - Vice President of Federated Farmers New Zealand

Mike Chapman - Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand

Nicola Harvey - Writer, Farmer, Podcast Producer: 'Debutante' & 'A Carnivore’s Crisis' via Audible AU. Previously Buzz Feed Oz, ABCTV & currently writing a book about farming & food citizenship.

Lee-Ann Marsh - Global Market Innovation Manager at Beef + Lamb New Zealand


2.0 "Further ConversatioNZ about a National Food Strategy."

Tuesday 21st July


Joining our CE Angela Clifford were a powerhouse panel who represent significant areas of our food system including agribusiness, hospitality and health:

Professor Boyd Swinburn - MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM - A Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland. He leads the INFORMAS initiative (www.informas.org) to monitor and benchmark food environments in over 50 countries.

Ian Proudfoot – Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG International - A leading strategic thinker on Agribusiness in New Zealand. He has recently been part of an advisory group working with the MPI to develop an overarching strategy roadmap for government investment into primary sector research and development.

Marisa Bidois - CEO of the Restaurant Association of NZ, an organisation that provides business assistance, support and advocacy to business owners in the hospitality industry.

Nadine Porter -Board member of the Welsh Red Meat Promotion Board, formerly an EU Exit Strategic Communicator and a Nuffield Scholar who produced a report titled "Broken Food Systems - Developing a Citizen Centric New Zealand Food Strategy".



1.0 "We Don't Need a Ministry of Food, We Need a Citizenry of Food."

Tuesday the 23rd June

NB: Please note we had a few tech issues within this recording, you'll find an audio recording of the missing section HERE via SoundCloud.

Joining our CEO Angela Clifford on the panel were major thought leaders including:

Geoff Kira - Aotearoa Food Policy Network
Dr Jessica Hutchings - Co-Author 'Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore’ (Māori Food Sovereignty)
Tric Malcolm - Kore Hiakai (Zero Hunger Collective)
Lindy Nelson - Agri-women’s Development Trust and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agriculture and women
Emily King - Spira & Food Systems Dialogue in Aotearoa






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