Building a collaborative New Zealand agritech framework with the UK

Less than 24 hours ago, the UK Parliament rejected Theresa May’s Brexit ‘deal’ with the European Union. A few hours later, I sat down with Laura Clarke, the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, to discuss opportunities to develop long-term collaboration with New Zealand's agritech sector. The business of business goes on. Whatever the final 'Brexit' outcome, the need to [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|International|0 Comments

Have you entered the 2018 Fieldays Innovation Awards?

Wharf42 is delighted to be a partner of the 2018 Fieldays Innovation Awards. Two weeks ago, Jacqui and I joined Peter Nation, CEO of National Fieldays, and his team at the Grand Hall in Parliament to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Fieldays. Last Thursday, Peter spoke at the Agritech New Zealand Auckland event where he highlighted the importance of [...]

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

New Zealand AgTech intensifies its focus on the US market

Supporting the commercialisation of New Zealand AgTech is at the heart of much of what Wharf42 does. That task is being much easier by the increasing collaboration we are witnessing between New Zealand government agencies and the wider agribusiness sector. One clear example of this is the intensification of the sector's focus on the massive opportunities being offered in the [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|International|0 Comments

NZ AgTech companies can win a business trip to the UK

I have been asked by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to reach out to the New Zealand AgTech sector to talk a little bit about an opportunity to fly business class to London, courtesy of Qatar Airways; participate in a tailored business programme and receive a complimentary ticket to attend the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on 17-18 October. [...]

By |July 2nd, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Calling all NZ AgTech Entrepreneurs: Enter today!

Calling all NZ AgTech entrepreneurs! I have just received a call from James at the NZ Innovation Council, asking me to reach out to the New Zealand AgTech community to help promote the 2017 NZ Innovation Awards and the Innovation in Agribusiness and Environment category. I needed no encouragement. The NZ Innovation Awards were created to give smart, innovative NZ [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Fieldays 2017: A Time to Celebrate New Zealand AgTech

This week, New Zealand hosts the southern hemisphere’s largest agricultural show. Jacqui and I will be joining the more than 130,000 others, expected to attend 2017 National Fieldays . It's four days of high-profile AgTech goodness. Fieldays is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural show Fieldays really is a show for everyone. With its tractor pulling competitions, wood chopping, [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|AgTech|0 Comments

Meet up with Wharf42 at Fieldays

A quick post as we pack our bags and head off for three days of AgTech goodness during Fieldays in Hamilton. It’s been an interesting few days. On Friday and Saturday, I caught up with a number of great Maori AgTech entrepreneurs and businesses at the Matariki X event in Rotorua. Innovation was its major theme and it is very [...]

By |June 14th, 2016|Wharf42|0 Comments

Telling New Zealand’s AgTech Story to the World

One of my six key takeaways from the recent Kiwi AgTech sector tour of Silicon Valley was that whilst our innovation and technology competes with the world’s best, we are not great at promoting ourselves offshore. I guess that distance, together with our natural modesty, both play their part. This has been reinforced with discussions I have had with a [...]

By |June 10th, 2016|AgTech|1 Comment

Crossing the Chasm (that’s San Francisco to Tauranga)

I’ve spent this morning going through my recent posts and two themes seem to stand out. An obsession with AgTech and an obsession with the Valley. The truth is, I have no problem with that. They have become core to my DNA. The reality however is that for the first time in five years, it looks as though I will [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|Tauranga|0 Comments

Join Wharf42 at the INZBC AgTech Summit – Auckland, 13 June

Following the recent successful Kiwi AgTech Immersion Program and Conference in Silicon Valley, Wharf42 has been approached by the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) to assist build out the program and agenda for the INZBC AgTech Summit. This is taking place on 13 June at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. India New Zealand Business Council AgTech Summit next [...]

By |May 9th, 2016|AgTech|0 Comments