The 2035 Oceania Summit, a new event for 2022 was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event. Organisers say the new summit, to be held in Auckland, will aim to showcase local solutions for global climate impact and embraced New Zealand’s role as a world leader in agri-food-tech.
The new Summit will draw on the experience of New Zealand-based global agri-food-tech consultancy Wharf42, which will co-host the AgriFoodTech Climate Summit at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Wharf42 founder and Oceania Summit organiser, Peter Wren-Hilton, said: “New Zealand is so strong in agrifood because our agriculture and horticulture sector is the backbone of our economy. In addition, the government in New Zealand is very committed to effecting resolution in climate change. The combination of these factors makes New Zealand the perfect destination for an event of this sort.”
Within 48 hours of the announcement, more than 250 people had registered their interest on the Summit’s landing page. The event has the support of Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team, Auckland Unlimited, AgriTech New Zealand, and the Australian AgriTech Association.
Tourism New Zealand general manager for domestic and business events, Bjoern Spreitzer, said: “Hosting this event not only positions New Zealand as a global leader in agritech and agrifood expertise; it opens opportunities for further research and investment that will benefit our local farmers, local economy, and local environment in the longer term.”
Wharf42 hopes to attract 1,000 local and international delegates to the two-day Oceania Summit, which will take place in Auckland in April 2022. It will feature regional and international keynote speakers, breakout panels, an exhibition showcasing current research being undertaken across the region, a start-up hub with a pitch event to global investors, as well as networking opportunities.