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 sponsoring the 15th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants. The event brings researchers from around the world together to discuss science and management of freshwater aquatic plants. The 3 themes for the 2018 event are:
- biodiversity, conservation, and bio-monitoring
- management and invasive plants
- ecosystem response and restoration.
The event will feature a one-and-a-half day session on invasive aquatic plants, which links in with MPI's focus on biosecurity.
MPI is once again supporting the Young Enterprise Trust’s Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.
The programme is held annually and helps secondary students to develop their business potential as entrepreneurs. It provides real-life experience with running a business, managing money and opportunities, and connects students with established business people. In 2017, MPI will be supporting the Food and Fibre category.
The awards ceremony will be at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington.
MPI sponsored the Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture, which was one of the 3 conferences featuring at the International Tri-Conference for Precision Agriculture in 2017.
The event featured a one-day programme for New Zealand primary sector practitioners. This provided hands-on education with new digital agriculture technologies. Presentations focused on diversity and advancement, automisation, hands-free robot fields, and proximal and remote crop sensing.
The venue for the conference was the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.
MPI sponsored the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG).
The IFQRG annual meetings provide a forum to discuss important forestry quarantine issues and their impact on global trade. They bring together specialists to help coordinate scientific research on this topic. The 2017 meeting helped to clarify work plans and priorities, review current solutions, and enable multi-disciplinary collaboration.
This meeting was at SCION's Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park in Rotorua.
MPI is a sponsor and programme partner of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, which is run by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust. The programme works at developing leaders for rural and agri-food sectors. Its main focus is on building leadership ability, confidence, and critical thinking skills, and on understanding economic, environmental, and industry contexts.
The programme is run 2 times each year. The deadline is 16 October 2017 for the January 2018 programme, and 19 March 2018 for the June 2018 programme.
MPI is a sponsor and programme partner of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship, which is run by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust. The programme offers entrants a global learning experience, with a focus on leadership, collaboration, networking, and mentoring. It is a part of an international agri-food network which promotes a global outlook for the sector.
The scholarships award ceremony will be held at the New Zealand Parliament, in Wellington.
MPI sponsored the Science Protecting Plant Health conference, which focused on the latest science and practices relating to plant biosecurity, plant pathology, and entomology. The conference brought together the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Attendees included researchers, policy makers, educators, and students.
The venue was the Brisbane Convention Centre.
MPI has sponsored Doug Avery, a well-known New Zealand farmer, to trial a series of short videos. The videos will share Doug’s experiences with getting through tough times, and encourage farmers to adopt new farm management practices. They’ll promote resilience, and encourage farmers to prepare for future agriculture challenges. These are presented under Doug’s brand, Resilient Farmer.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org