to gain

Maintaining our international
market position

9.30am  |  15 December
Invercargill Workingmen’s Club

If there is one farming event you need to attend this year…this is it!
Everything to gain – maintaining our international market position will set up you for 2023.

Is the future of farming positive? 
We believe it is.

Would you like to hear directly from people who can connect you to our international markets and customers, who know what opportunities exist nationally and internationally.

Event Info

Join us from 9.30am to 2.45pm (prompt 10am start)

15 December  |  North Lounge, Corinthian Centre at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk Street.

It’s free and there’s food! 


What do global customers actually want…
and expect?

Tesco's Sustainability Agricultural Manager Alice Ritchie

This session will look at some of the big challenges and big opportunities ahead for farmers in New Zealand and globally. Tesco's Sustainability Agricultural Manager Alice Ritchie will help you gain a better understanding of what global customers actually want, with invaluable insights into food buying expectations and desires.

About Alice

Alice leads the environmental sustainability work within Tesco’s agricultural supply base across climate, biodiversity, water and soil, both in the UK and internationally. She has previously worked as the Climate Change Lead at the Country Land and Business Association across England and Wales, and prior to that was based in New Zealand working for the Ministry for Primary Industries on climate change and agriculture.

NZ science and the global 
research perspective?

Sinead Leahy NZAgrc

In this session, Sinead will share insights on global research, challenges and targets to help show where New Zealand is at from mitigation and adaption perspective. This will help identify some of the big challenges and the big opportunities.

About Sinead

Sinead Leahy, originally from Ireland, came to New Zealand in 2006 to work with the Rumen Microbiology team at AgResearch.

The team has a focus to develop practical and cost-effective approaches to reducing methane emissions from livestock.

In 2016, Sinead moved to the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Research Centre (NZAGRC) to support the international work programme of the Centre.

More recently, Sinead has been working to support the Centre’s domestic science programme and in working with rural professionals to help raise awareness of agricultural greenhouse gases on farm.

Meeting global
customer demands

Simon Tucker, Director of Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Affairs and Trade, Fonterra

How have global customer demands changed over the last couple of years? Simon Tucker will share the feedback Fonterra gets from international customers like Nestlé and Danone and will offer some clarity on what the global markets require and how that affects our practice.

About Simon

Simon leads teams responsible for Fonterra’s global trade strategy, its corporate sustainability, environmental partnerships and community and social investment programmes, the company’s relationships with local and central government in New Zealand and with foreign governments, and Fonterra’s industry partners.

Simon has spent over twelve years in the New Zealand dairy industry including in leadership roles at the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, DairyNZ, and with Fonterra’s US-based business.

During his career, Simon has also spent considerable time working for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with assignments in Tehran, Washington and as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Canada.

He also spent several years working in Parliament as adviser to the Minister for Trade.

Farmer resilience

Climate Change Commission Chairperson Rod Carr

This session, led by Climate Change Commission Chairperson Rod Carr, will focus on the opportunity to create a line of sight of resilience for farmers moving forward.

About Rod

Rod’s grandparents, on both sides of the family, owned farms; one in Tauranga and the other in Central Otago. His grandfather, Ivo Carr, lived in Southland and sold life insurance for AMP after returning from the First World War where he flew for the Royal Flying Corp. His father graduated with a BAgSci from Lincoln College and worked for Dalgetty, selling grass seed in Kenya before doing his PhD at Chicago University in the 1950s.

Rod spent his summer holidays in the 1960s staying in the shearer's quarters at Lauder, Cecil Peak and Braemar stations, and as an Otago university student he worked summers hay making and wool pressing on farms just out from Balclutha.

He has a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management, MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, MBA in Money and Finance, an Honours degree in Economics, an Honours degree in Law, and a Diploma in Export Administration.

His career spans commercial and central banking (BNZ, National Australia Bank, deputy Governor, acting Governor and later Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, now ASB bank director), software company CE, University Vice Chancellor and founding Chair Climate Change Commission. He was a director of Taranaki Investment Management Ltd for five years during the period it operated dairy farms in North Western Tasmania, running around 12,000 dairy cows.

He spent five years as the founding chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, ten years as a director of the Lyttleton Port Company and ten years as a director of the Canterbury Employers'.

He most recently served as one of 17 expert advisors to the Secretary General of the United Nations on how to improve the credibility of net zero emissions claims by regions, cities and businesses, or in effect, how to limit greenwashing. The report was released at COP27.

He ran 23 Marathons between 2003 and 2019 including Antarctica, Polar Circle in Greenland, Pyong Yang North Korea, Easter Island, and the fun ones - Boston, New York, London, Paris, Athens. He also did the 6 km open ocean swim from Kapiti Island to Paraparaumu beach three years in a row.

And he’s been legally blind since birth.

Sustainability trade expectations – what you need to know to thrive

Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic Vangelis Vitalis

What is the international context in which New Zealand farmers are operating? This presentation by Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic Vangelis Vitalis will look at the expectations required from New Zealand agriculture and what the unique challenges and opportunities for the farming community are.

About Vangelis

Vangelis Vitalis is Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic. He was the APEC2021(external link) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Chair for New Zealand’s host year and in 2023 Vangelis will be chairing the Senior Officials' process that supports the CPTPP Ministerial meetings.

Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of negotiations for the New Zealand European Union Free Trade Agreement. In 2007-9, Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who concluded the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) and the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA).

Prior to taking up his role in Wellington in 2017, Vangelis was New Zealand’s Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva where he chaired the agriculture negotiations in a personal capacity. In this role he helped draft the text of the historic Nairobi WTO Ministerial Decision(external link) to eliminate agricultural export subsidies. Vangelis has also been the Ambassador to the European Union and NATO in Brussels and has had postings to Canberra and Moscow.

Vangelis has worked outside the Ministry including as an economist in the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is a past member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on Trade and is currently a member of the WEF Trade and Investment Action Group and is also on the Steering Committee for the WEF Climate Trade Zero initiative.

A keen saltwater land-based fisherman, Vangelis is married with three children and speaks Greek, German and Russian. He is a longstanding (and suffering) supporter of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club.

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