Summit Information 10 – 11 October 2022

About the summit

Agriculture and the agrifood supply chain provide a significant contribution to the Oceania region’s greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers and growers can play a critical role to address this challenge.

In New Zealand, our major food producers face more regulation and increasing amounts of compliance legislation. Yet whilst much of the discussion to-date has focused on the additional costs that these bring, not enough focus has been given to just how our primary sector can meet the threats posed by climate change.

The 2035 Oceania Summit focused on the role that agrifood technology will play in supporting farmers and growers reduce emissions to net zero, as well as build more resilient growing systems to address the ongoing impact of our rapidly changing climate.  

Addressing these issues today is not only good for the environment, it's also an economic imperative. As global consumers and the extended supply chain demand a reduction in food production’s carbon footprint, the region’s ability to reach international markets will be put under severe strain without implementing change.   

The Summit successfully addressed many of these major challenges and the opportunities that this conversation brings. Thank you to all the speakers, moderators and delegates for helping make this happen.

The Programme

The 2035 Oceania Summit brought together the region’s scientific & research community, its industry leaders, its agribusiness & agritech companies, its farmers & growers, its regulators and its policy makers to discuss how best to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and build more resilient growing systems to address the ongoing impact of a rapidly changing climate.

The Summit was more than just a two-day meeting. It’s part of a longer-term platform designed to focus on actionable outcomes that will create positive global impact. These outcomes will include:

  • Leveraging the scientific advances being developed by our research community
  • Taking decisive action to protect and conserve our oceans
  • Working with indigenous communities by harnessing the power of traditional knowledge, science and technology
  • Encouraging investment into our region’s growing agrifood tech sector
  • Empowering our farmers to adopt news ways of sustainable agricultural production

The Summit featured plenary sessions, breakout sessions, delegations from Australia, the Pacific Islands and the USA, together with a line-up of major local and international speakers.

Plus ‘The Festival of Food’. It was an opportunity to explore and taste the amazing fresh produce to be found in the Auckland region and across Aotearoa New Zealand. We had asked Peter Gordon, New Zealand's best-known chef to curate a delicious and memorable menu. Conference food will never be the same again!

The 2035 Oceania Summit Programme was designed to connect key stakeholders across the Oceania region and beyond, to finally address the impact of climate change on the agrifood industry. The time for talking is over. The time to take action and make a real difference has come. This Summit delivered.


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Maria Jose Alvarez

Maria Jose (MJ) is an Investment Manager at WNT Ventures, New Zealand’s longest-standing deep-tech incubator

Temarama Anguna-Kamana

Mrs Temarama Anguna-Kamana, Secretary of Agriculture, Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture.

Geoff Bates

Geoff Bates is founder and Managing Director, Pastoral Robotics.

Clare Bradley

Clare is a Director and Head of R&D for AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd. A Māori owned, and family operated business that has been making products from seaweed for 25 years.

Nigel Bradley

Nigel is the CEO, Envirostrat

Prof. Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell is the Chief Executive of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2016.

Aimée Christensen

Hillary Laureate, Aimée Christensen, is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies and the founding Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience.

Professor Michelle Colgrave

Professor Michelle Colgrave is the Future Protein Lead at CSIRO Agriculture and Food, in Australia

Kaitlin Dawson

Kaitlin Dawson, Executive Director for NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3.

Dennis Donohue

Dennis is the Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Elizabeth Fastiggi

Elizabeth Fastiggi is the Head of Worldwide Business Development for the Agriculture vertical at AWS.

Andrew Fisher

Andrew is a Director, Ecogas & Eco Stock

Dr Victoria Hatton

Victoria is Director of the Sustainability & Climate Change practice, PwC NZ

Bridgit Hawkins

Bridgit is Chief Sustainability Officer, CropX

Nick Hazell

Nick is CEO & Founder of Australian startup v2food

Richard Heath

Richard Heath is Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent agricultural policy research organisation.

Nancy Irwin

Nancy is the co-founder and Managing Director of Kamapim Ltd, a Papua New Guinean sustainable agriculture company.

Murray Hemi

Murray Hemi, General Manager, Tahitanga Consulting

Jo Kelly

Jo Kelly is the CEO of the Australian Seaweed Institute

Dr Tanira Kingi

Tanira is an Emeritus Scientist (Scion) and a Climate Change Commissioner

Ethy Levy

Ethy Levy is the Founder of Impact Innovation Israel

Steve Meller

A Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, Steve is the CEO and founder of CH4 Global

Dana Muir

Dana is Head of Natural Capital, BNZ

Dr Richard Newcomb

Chief Scientist, Plant & Food Research

Minoru Nishi

Socially responsible, Minoru seeks to contribute to the strengthening of Tonga and the livelihoods of its people.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah is the CEO of Agthentic and co-Founder and Partner at Tenacious Ventures

Brendan O'Connell

Brendan is Chief Executive of AgriTech New Zealand

Hon Damien O'Connor MP

Hon Damien O'Connor is New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Land Information, and Minister for Rural Communities.

Dr Anna Okello

Dr Anna Okello manages the Livestock Systems Program at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Robert Oliver MNZM

Robert Oliver is a New Zealand chef who was raised in Fiji

Matthew Pryor

Matthew Pryor is co-founder of AgThentic / Tenacious Ventures, and a founding board member of the Australian AgriTech Association.

Professor Steven Ratuva

Steven is the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Dr Gavin Ross

Dr Gavin Ross is Group General Manager, Marketing & Innovation at Plant & Food Research

Secretary Karen Ross

Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 9, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom

Guy Royal

Guy Royal is Director, Tuia Group and advisor to the Māori primary sector

Unasa Nomeneta Saili (Nome)

Co-Founder, Director and Chief Technology Officer, Skyeye Samoa Ltd

Bren Smith

Bren co-founded GreenWave to promote the co-existent aquaculture of kelp and shellfish by local communities.

Bruce Smith

Bruce is the co- founder of Eko360 and recently established Tnue Ltd

James Shaw MP

James Shaw MP is New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister.

Robert Waterworth

Rob is currently leading the development of new international monitoring tools for forestry and agriculture, including FLINTpro, the world's first SaaS-based integration and reporting system.

Dr. Stephan Weise

Dr. Stephan Weise is the Managing Director of Asia at the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Introducing the Summit Steering Committee

Roger Robson-Williams

Roger is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Plant & Food Research.

Roger has extensive experience of leading science aimed at enabling more sustainable horticulture and arable farming. Roger is hopeful about humanity’s capacity to create food systems that will deliver great nutrition while restoring the world’s life-sustaining natural systems to within safe limits. Our capacity to work collaboratively and respect different knowledge systems will determine whether we achieve this ambition.

Alice Beilby

Alice Beilby is a First Nations women of Gunggari and Kamilaori descent and is the Managing Director of her own consultancy company.  Her science background and indigenous heritage gives her a two ways perspective around land management and sustainable practices.  She is an Alumni of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Murra Indigenous Business Program, Melbourne Business School.

Belinda Allitt

Belinda Allitt is the General Manager of Communications and Capacity Building at AgriFutures Australia.  AgriFutures Australia is a research and development corporation that aims to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries. With twenty years’ experience in marketing, communications, events, public relations, brand, project management and community engagement, Belinda connects her knowledge and experience to AgriFutures programs such as AgriFutures growAG. and evokeAG., AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award and Horizons Scholarship – just to name a few.

Belinda grew up on a property in Deniliquin, NSW and manages a small sheep and cropping farm in Wagga Wagga, NSW with her husband.  Belinda is passionate about the local and global innovation system and the important role innovation plays in Australian agriculture, climate, global food security and farm productivity. Belinda aims to attract capable people into careers in agriculture, building the capability of future rural leaders, supporting change makers, and driving thought leadership through the exciting brands and programs under her direction.

Debbie Barwick

Deb Barwick is the CEO of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Deb is also an national and international award-winning Aboriginal Entrepreneur and Business Owner who believes that Aboriginal people themselves are the solution to social and economic parity and that “enabling Aboriginal leadership regionally, nationally and globally is a strategic and wise investment toward a stronger Australian Economy and Nation.”

Dr. Anna Okello

Dr Anna Okello manages the Livestock Systems Program at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, part of the Australian government’s foreign aid portfolio. Anna has almost 20 years’ experience in livestock development and public health programs for a range of international and academic organisations. Since completing a PhD in political science at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, Anna maintains a keen interest in understanding the interface between agricultural research, technology development and global policy.

Ethy Levy

Ethy is the Founder of Impact Innovation Israel, a strategic consultancy firm focusing on tech and innovation in sectors where there is a substantial impact on society and the environment. Ethy is also a co-Founder and Israel CEO of the Bridge Hub, a global Agrifood tech innovation hub based in Australia & Israel. Ethy works across multiple technology sectors and provides tech and innovation adoption advisory to multi-national corporations as well as to academia and government.

Guy Royal

After a long legal career advising on investment in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the UK, Guy now specialises in the Māori commercial sector in NZ. He currently sits on boards in venture capital, climate tech, fishing, Iwi investment and retail. His passion is working with Māori primary sector to produce a better standard of living for Aotearoa particularly through innovation and climate-change technologies applied to Māori primary sector assets.

Prof. Owen Atkin

Professor Owen Atkin is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT). Launched in August 2018, as a collaboration between the Australia National University, CSIRO and the ACT Government, CEAT’s goal is to build an agri-tech innovation ecosystem where world-class research and technology are applied to address complex agricultural challenges. Owen is also a faculty member in the ANU Research School of Biology where his research focuses on the impacts of climate change on plant metabolism.

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter was the founding Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and co-founder of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council. 

Peter’s consultancy, Wharf42, is hosting the 2035 Oceania Summit. By bringing together key stakeholders from across the region, Peter is developing a culture of cross border collaboration to ensure AgriFoodTech can address some of the world’s most significant long-term challenges.

Pip Grant

Pip is a community engagement specialist with a focus on innovation systems and global collaboration – working largely with tech developers and corporate innovators - to drive investment in agrifood innovation. With a background in not-for-profit, social impact, research, and partnerships, Pip mentors start-ups, connects innovators to investors, and identifies innovation gaps in the supply-chain. 

Addressing sustainability from a grassroots level, Pip works at Loam Bio, where the world's smallest organisms are used to solve the world's biggest problems - working with 4.5 billion years of evolution to address the climate crisis. 

Pip has previously worked at Ag Innovation Australia, AgriFutures Australia, and Cancer Council NSW. 


Rahul Chopra

Rahul is a Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant to the public and private sectors including agriculture, dairy, electricity, ports and local councils. Rahul has worked with the NZ Parliamentary Services and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is an active member contributing to Society 5.0. He holds a Masters in Climate Policy, is a certified Project Manager and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified professional.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah is an internationally recognized agriculture innovation expert and a co-founder of the Agthentic Group, including Agthentic Advisory and Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s only specialist agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah is also the host of the AgTech...So What? podcast, and co-founder of Farmers2Founders, a national innovation program that supports Australian primary producers to commercialize inventions and new businesses, as well as gain early access to emerging technologies.

Dr. Victoria Hatton

Victoria is Director of the Sustainability & Climate Change practice at PwC and brings over a decade of experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation, both in NZ and globally. Victoria is a systems thinker who has demonstrated success in driving ambitious climate change action working with governments and business leading initiatives on sustainable finance, nature-based solutions, and clean technology. Victoria was instrumental at negotiating the Koronivia outcome in the UN climate change negotiations.

Traci Houpapa

Traci Houpapa MNZM JP is an award-winning company director and is recognised nationally and internationally for her business and industry leadership. She is also trusted advisor to Māori, government, the public and private sectors on strategic and economic development. She has been named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand.

Traci won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award and has been named on Westpac’s New Zealand Women Powerbrokers list. She has been awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Māori, and has been named amongst the BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women in the World.  Traci has an MBA (Massey University) and is a Member of the NZ Order of Merit and a marriage celebrant.

Michelle Cole

Michelle is the Strategic Alliance Lead at Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) who's mission, and its many Fellows who are committed to partner with Aotearoa NZ, is to find and build solutions to NZ's toughest challenges. This is so Aotearoa NZ inspires global leadership and solutions for future generations while committing to recognise and honour its responsibility as Tangata Tiriti (People of Treaty) and to nurture the pioneering spirit and values of Sir Edmund Hillary in us all.

With 25 years experience in international marketing and over a decade in the investment ecosystem working with NZ's startup and growth technology companies including agritech, Fintech and F&B sectors. Her passion is in reshaping impact investment and rethinking ownership models.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there parking at the venue?

The best parking option is the Civic Car Park located at 299 Queen Street, under Aotea Square. Entry is from Greys Ave or Mayoral Drive and you can access the Aotea Centre directly from the car park. View car park rates. For those with electric or hybrid vehicles there are 6 electric vehicle charge points, located on level 1.  

Is there parking and access for disabled or mobility impaired delegates?

Yes, at the Civic Car Park during standard hours, the first 2 hours of mobility parking are free with usual rates applied afterwards. After 6pm, mobility parking is free. Take your mobility card and entry ticket to a pay machine, and press the help button. There are 20 mobility parking spots available, with locations as below: 

Level 1 opposite Aotea Centre entry doors - 5x spaces, numbers 244 -248 

Level 1 opposite Aotea Centre entry doors (next to the yellow booth) 4x spaces, numbers 207 - 210 

Level 1 Town Hall corner 1x large space, number 271 

Level 1 Sky Metro corner 5x spaces, numbers 9-13 

Level 2 Town Hall corner 2x spaces 

Level 3 Town Hall corner 3x spaces 


Information to note: 

Vehicle height clearance is 2.08m  

The car park is underground, but well lit 

Lift access is available from Aotea Square to all levels  

For more information about the car park, visit the Auckland Transport website 

Are there virtual registration options?

No, at this stage the Summit is being planned as an in-person event only. A decision on whether travel restrictions require the Summit to be held as a hybrid event will be made closer to the time. 

Where will the Summit be held?

The  2035 Oceania Summit will be held at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland.  

What will happen if Covid-19 restrictions mean that the Summit can’t be held in person?

We feel that the Summit requires an in-person element to successfully achieve its objectives and therefore if we are unable to provide this then the Summit will be postponed to a later date. Delegates will be given the option to transfer their registration to the rescheduled Summit or receive a full refund. 

Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend the Summit?

In the interests of the health and safety of everybody attending the 2035 Oceania Summit and in keeping with current government guidelines for an event of this size, the Summit Hosts require all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and to abide by any additional protocols that might apply at that time. We will advise of any further requirements regarding the use of vaccination certificates during the Summit closer to the time.

Are meals included in my registration?

All full registrations include mid-morning and afternoon tea breaks and lunch each day. Catering will be served in the exhibition at the Aotea Centre.

Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes, the caterers will be able to accommodate dietary requirements. Please complete the relevant section during the registration process so these can be accounted for. 

What accommodation is close by?

There are a number of hotels and accommodation options in close proximity to the Summit venue. At this stage a number are unavailable due to being used as quarantine hotels. Some recommended options within walking distance of the venue are available to book during the registration process. These are SkyCity Hotel, The Grand at SkyCity, Cordis Hotel and Quest Queens Street. 

What Visa do I need to enter New Zealand?

(Dependent on ability to fly to NZ) 

As of August 2019, it is now mandatory for all visitors to New Zealand to obtain an electronic Travel Authority (eTA).  Visit for more information and to complete the online application form.   

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. 

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor’s Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on: 

If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing. 

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do still need to apply for an eTA and you must: 

* Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry 

* Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand 

* Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand 

* Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival 

If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia, you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at  

Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft. 

How do I get from the airport to Auckland CBD?

(Dependent on ability to fly into Auckland) 

The airport is only 40 minutes from the CBD. Taxis are available at all times of the day from the front of the airport terminal. 


A regular airport bus is a cost-effective way to travel from the airport to the city centre. The fares: $16 one way, $28 return. Click here to find out more.  


Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city is $33 for one person and an additional $8 for each extra person. The shuttles operate from the Shuttle rank at the airport (not the taxi rank). Bookings can be made on the Super Shuttle website   


A taxi fare from the airport to the centre is around $75. Both Regency Cabs and Co-op Taxis offer a meet and greet service. To access this service, fax or email details of your arrival to them (date of arrival in Auckland, flight number, arrival time and number of passengers) and they will arrange for the driver to meet you at the “Meet & Greet” area in the Arrivals Hall. He or she will have a sign-board with your name on it. Regency Cabs can be contacted by email, by telephone +64 9 377 8844, or by facsimile +64 9 634 0494. They also have a website at Contact Co-op Taxis by, by telephone +64 9 300 3000 or by facsimile +64 9 300 3111. Bookings can also be made on their website: 

What can I do in Auckland?

There are numerous activities to do in Auckland in your free time or if you wish to extend your stay. Visit our Auckland page for suggestions on activities and trips that you can do.  


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Our Venue: Aotea Centre

Designed with flexibility in mind, Aotea Centre is a purpose-built, contemporary convention centre in the heart of downtown Auckland.

The Aotea Centre houses New Zealand’s largest modern tiered auditorium, seating more than 2,000 people over three levels.

Whether you are holding a conference, seminar, exhibition, award ceremony, product launch, cocktail party or gala dinner, the Aotea Centre has a space to suit.

Aotea Centre’s stylish new interior provides a fitting backdrop for any event. The open design, expansive foyers and function spaces make it an ideal place for collaboration and business gatherings.

The building boasts the latest cutting-edge technology throughout. All spaces feature both cabled and wireless connections with room data-linking options, making the venue ideal for large conventions requiring multiple rooms.

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“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.”
Bjoern Spreitzer — Tourism New Zealand

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