About Peter Wren-Hilton

Wharf42 is a reflection of my passion to scale and build New Zealand's agritech sector at home and offshore

Welcoming Fonterra: Sponsor of the ’10 billion mouths’ Start-up Showcase

I’m delighted to confirm that Fonterra is sponsoring the ’10 billion mouths’ Start-up Showcase, Techweek18's headline agritech event, at the ASB Arena in Tauranga on Wednesday 23 May. Agritech start-up businesses from across New Zealand are being invited to apply to join the Showcase. With prominent angel and venture capital investors attending the event, together with representatives from many of [...]

By |March 8th, 2018|Techweek'18|0 Comments

Leading agritech venture capitalist, Arama Kukutai, to present keynote speech at Techweek18’s headline event, ’10 billion mouths’

I’m delighted to confirm that leading agritech venture capitalist, Arama Kukutai, is to present the keynote speech at Techweek’18's headline event ’10 billion mouths’.   Arama is a co-founder and Partner at Finistere Ventures a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sector. Finistere was started in 2005 with Dr. Jerry Caulder and is currently investing from its second fund.  Finistere is [...]

By |March 6th, 2018|Wharf42|0 Comments

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow is coming to Wellington & Auckland.

I’m delighted to be able to confirm the dates and venues for the Agritech New Zealand Wellington and Auckland (CBD) roadshow presentations. Thanks go to NZTE for hosting the Wellington event at their Majestic Centre HQ. You can meet and hear from some of the Agritech New Zealand team and reserve your (free) ticket now by clicking on the Eventbrite [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand is coming to Tauranga, Hamilton & Palmerston North

The Agritech New Zealand roadshow kicks off this coming Thursday in Tauranga. We are in Hamilton on Tuesday week and then Palmerston North during Central District Fieldays. Supported by NZTE, Callaghan Innovation, NZVIF and some of New Zealand’s major agribusinesses, Agritech New Zealand is committed to fostering a collaborative culture within the country’s wider agritech sector to accelerate innovation and [...]

By |February 25th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Agritech New Zealand. The eagle has finally landed and what this means for New Zealand’s wider agritech ecosystem

The eagle might have finally landed, but the journey started some 9 months ago. This is the background to that flight. During last April’s 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program which was attended by 23 Kiwi agritech companies and May’s Farming2020 event in Hamilton, a number of stakeholders in New Zealand’s agritech sector shared their thinking about the sector’s overall [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

Introducing Yamaha Motor Ventures: Techweek18’s major ’10 Billion Mouths’ sponsor

As we prepare to start promoting Techweek18’s headline agritech event ’10 Billion Mouths’, it’s great to be able to announce our first major sponsor. I’m also delighted that the event has attracted one of Silicon Valley’s most active investors in the agritech, robotics and automotive space to New Zealand. Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) has, roll of [...]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Techweek'18|0 Comments

New Zealand AgriTech: Going global in 2018

Whilst most Kiwis remain focused on a wonderful summer vacation, I am writing this first Wharf42 2018 post from the UK. The festive break has provided a fascinating perspective on some of the challenges facing farmers and growers in a very different economic and political environment to that currently being experienced in New Zealand. With Brexit’s trade talks looming and [...]

By |January 8th, 2018|AgTech|0 Comments

‘10 Billion Mouths’ – The 2018 NZ Agritech event is launched

I’m delighted to be able to finally talk about what is shaping up to be a premier New Zealand Agritech event in 2018. It's the first headline event for Techweek’18 to be announced and tickets are now on sale. More details about 10 Billion Mouths can be viewed at the event web page at https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/2018/10-billion-mouths-39/. 10 Billion Mouths will showcase [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Techweek'18|0 Comments

Are you ready for a NZ and US ‘Dual Hemisphere R&D Agritech Initiative’?

One of the benefits of partnering with some of Silicon Valley’s key agritech ecosystem players is the access it provides to some ‘big’ strategic thinking. Right now, one active topic of conversation revolves around the opportunity for a Dual Hemisphere R&D Agritech initiative. Essentially, the ‘Dual Hemisphere Strategy’ would see US-based agritech companies conduct R&D in New Zealand during the [...]

By |November 13th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

London Calling. Is the NZ AgriTech sector up for it?

Whilst Wharf42 is probably best known for its connectivity with Silicon Valley’s rapidly growing AgriTech ecosystem, our global connections go a little further. During Fieldays in June, many farmers and agribusinesses will have visited the different UK exhibitors taking part in the Great Britain Pavilion. The Pavilion was funded by the UK Department of International Trade (UKDIT), its first such [...]

By |October 24th, 2017|International|0 Comments