The Ministry for Primary Industries sponsors a range of community events and awards. Click on a subject box for more information.
Events sponsored by MPI
MPI is proud to once again be a gold sponsor of the 'Dairy Business of the Year' competition in 2017.
Entrants in the competition are judged on farm profitability, as well as environmental and people management. Each farm is analysed and benchmarked against others in their region – providing valuable information about their business strengths and weaknesses.
Entrants engage with and learn from other leading dairy farmers through a series of events, including field days held on finalists’ farms.
MPI also sponsored the competition in 2016 and the supreme winner was announced at an awards dinner in Hamilton on 23 June. The 2016 winner was Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm.
MPI is proud to once again support the Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award in 2017.
The award acknowledges and celebrates Māori excellence in farming and the significant role Māori play in New Zealand's primary industries.
The competition is held annually, alternating each year between 'dairy' and 'sheep and beef'. This year the competition is for Māori sheep and beef farmers. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner on 26 May at the ASB Leisure Centre, Whangarei.
MPI is proud to have once again sponsored the Champion New Cheese at the 14th annual NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. The 2017 Champion New Cheese was awarded to Meyer Smoked Goat Gouda from Meyer Gouda Cheese.
The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are run by the New Zealand cheese industry to honour technical excellence in the manufacture of New Zealand cheese. The awards also aim to raise awareness and promote New Zealand cheeses.
The awards were presented at the Gala Dinner at the Grand Millenium Hotel, Auckland on 14 March 2017.
MPI is proud to sponsor the keynote speaker of the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards in 2017.
This is New Zealand’s only timber design award event. It allows engineers, architects, architectural designers, students and builders to showcase innovation using New Zealand timber.
The NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards evening will be held on 9 March 2017 at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. The keynote speaker is Daryl Patterson, a New Zealand born architect who is working for Lendlease Australia. Daryl is a leader in the design of tall timber buildings in Australia and North America.
MPI’s sponsorship will also support Daryl’s travel to present in Wellington and Christchurch following the awards evening.
Encouraging career exploration
The Enterprising Primary Industries Careers (EPIC) challenge is a competition managed by the Young Enterprise Trust and sponsored by MPI and DairyNZ. The aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of the exciting range of careers in our primary industries, such as:
- farmers and farm managers
- engineers and scientists
- environmental planners and resource managers
- product developers
- trade officials, marketing consultants, and lots more.
The competition is open to Year 10 students in New Zealand. They have to identify different jobs in the primary industries and develop a marketing strategy to promote them to their classmates.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org