Apply today and join the 2035 Vision Investment Pitch event

Apply today and join the 2035 Vision Investment Pitch event

Introducing the 2035 Vision Investment  Investment Pitch event


The 2035 Vision platform has been established to support New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Island AgriFoodTech and ClimateTech start-ups accelerate and scale their solutions to enable farmers and growers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as develop more resilient growing systems to mitigate the impact of our changing climate.

Whilst time is short, the region’s start-up community has the ambition and the innovative mindset to meet the challenge. To support and accelerate that ambition, 2035 Vision is launching a major new Investment Programme that will kick off with a Start-up Investment Pitch event. We believe the region’s start-up community holds the key to delivering real change. Whilst our scientific community and major agribusinesses are working hard to develop new technologies to reduce emissions, history has shown that it is the start-up entrepreneur that will often deliver the most disruptive and impactful solution.

Are you one of Oceania’s key disruptive start-up businesses developing solutions to meet the challenge?

You are ambitious. You have an experienced team. Your product and service has a strong market fit. You are ready to scale. You are not just looking for dollars. You are looking for connected capital and the global networks that will accelerate your growth.

Are you ready to step up and make a difference? The time is now.

Apply here: 2035 Vision Start-up Investment Pitch Event – Gust

The 2035 Oceania Summit is all set for launch on Friday 12 November!

The 2035 Oceania Summit is all set for launch on Friday 12 November!

Mark the Date!

Wharf42 is delighted to advise that we will be launching the 2035 Oceania Summit during the APEC CEO Summit on Friday 12 November.

On the 11th and 12th of November 2021, New Zealand will host the APEC CEO Summit.  APEC brings together the political leaders from 21 economies and attracts significant numbers of CEOs from across the Asia Pacific region. The APEC CEO Summit will be an innovative online broadcasting experience, with the opportunity to connect and network with business leaders across the Asia-Pacific.

Featuring thought-provoking keynote speakers and presentations from global leaders across a number of sessions including:  

  • The state of the world, with and post Covid including economic recovery and trade.
  • The digital disruption opportunity including technology and innovation, digital transformation, and the importance of digital equity.
  • The primacy of trust, including sustainability and business as a force for good.
  • The sustainability imperative, including sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability, and provenance.
  • The future of energy, including clean tech, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.

Wharf42 will be launching the 2035 Oceania Summit during the afternoon session on Friday 12 November. We will be sharing the Preview Summit video across our social media platforms on that day.

We will also be updating the Summit website at

It will be great to finally share much of the work that the team have been working on over the past few months. Exciting times ahead!


The 2035 Oceania Summit Advisory Committee met today

The 2035 Oceania Summit Advisory Committee met today

I was delighted to host the first meeting of the 2035 Oceania Summit Advisory Committee this morning. Despite New Zealand going into COVID-19 lockdown Level 4 overnight, it was an honour to be joined by such a committed group of globally-recognised AgriFoodTech and Climate Change experts. You can learn more about the team at

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the developing Summit programme. The Advisory Committee represent a diverse range of stakeholders and that was reflected in this morning’s meeting. I believe the lessons and conversations that emerge from the Summit will have a lasting impact on how the world looks at agrifood technology and its ability to help address climate change.

Over the past few months, we have been working with both Auckland Unlimited and the Business Events team at Tourism New Zealand to deliver a fantastic experience for delegates. Over the coming weeks, I expect to be able to announce several additional partnerships which will help take the event to the next level.

The Advisory Committee will be meeting again next month as the Summit programme builds. If you want to keep up to speed with developments, please sign up to the Summit newsletter. You can find that on the Summit landing page here.

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

Today’s UN IPCC Climate Change report sets out a stark message on the state of the climate crisis. If we do not accelerate our efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, the consequences for future generations look dire. The sober assessment of our planet’s future has been delivered by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists whose findings are endorsed by the world’s governments.

When Jacqui and I decided last year to focus all our efforts on promoting agrifood technology’s ability to help farmers and growers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as well as design new and more sustainable growing systems, we did so against the growing, indisputable evidence of climate change. Increased extreme weather events continue to impact geographic regions and peoples across the world. Without urgent action, they are simply a foretaste of what is to come.

Next April, we will be hosting the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland. The Summit has been designed to enable the region’s scientific & research community, its industry leaders, agribusiness & agritech companies, farmers & growers, regulators and policy makers to meet and discuss how agrifood tech innovation and on-farm application can help address the existential threat posed by climate change.

Over the coming days, we will be announcing a number of Summit partnerships and associated initiatives that we will be running in preparation for the Summit.

To register your interest in the 2035 Oceania Summit, please visit the landing page here.

To learn more about today’s sobering UN Climate Change Report, please download a copy here.

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand expertise serves up new agri-food-tech event

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand expertise serves up new agri-food-tech event

This media release is reproduced with the kind permission of Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand is embracing its role as a world leader in agri-food-tech with the launch of a new event, the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland.

The regional follow-up 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 Summit organiser Peter Wren-Hilton says: “New Zealand is seen as a key global agri-food-tech hub. One of the reasons we’ve been contracted to help other nations in this area is because the New Zealand model is seen as being the gold standard.

“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.

“There is great science being done by our universities and Crown Research Institutes. The objective is to provide farmers and growers with the tools they need to clean up the environment, address climate issues and reach net zero emissions targets.

“By bringing together the region’s scientific and research community, agritech companies, farmers and growers, investors and policymakers, the 2035 Oceania Summit has been designed to showcase local solutions for global climate impact.”

The 2035 Oceania Summit event was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event.

Within 48 hours of the announcement, more than 250 people had registered their interest on the Summit’s landing page, a very positive indicator, Wren-Hilton says.

The event has the support of Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team, Auckland Unlimited, AgriTech New Zealand, and the Australian AgriTech Association. Wren-Hilton is currently undertaking a roadshow around New Zealand to secure the involvement of other key players in the agrifood ecosystem.

Tourism New Zealand General Manager Domestic & Business Events, Bjoern Spreitzer says: “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.”

The two-day Oceania Summit, which will take place in Auckland in April 2022 will feature regional and international keynote speakers, breakout panels, an exhibition showcasing current research being undertaken across the region, a startup hub with a pitch event to global investors, as well as extensive networking opportunities.

He says: “If the borders are open, we’re hoping to attract delegates from around the world to come and share what is happening in this important space.”

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Introducing the 2035 Oceania Summit Steering Committee

Introducing the 2035 Oceania Summit Steering Committee

I am delighted to be able to formally introduce the members of the 2035 Oceania Summit Steering Committee.

The members represent key stakeholder groups engaged in both agrifood tech and climate change. This includes industry, research, government and investment. No single entity can address the existential threat posed by a changing climate on the world’s ability to produce nutritious and affordable food for its rapidly growing population. It requires a coordinated and collaborative response.

Introducing the Summit Steering Committee members:

Professor Owen Atkin: Owen 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.

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 New Zealand 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.

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.

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.

Pip Grant: Pip is a community engagement specialist with a focus on innovation systems and global collaboration. Managing Australia’s evokeAG. program, Pip works largely with start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators to drive investment in agrifood innovation and research. With a background in not-for-profit, social impact, and research extension, Pip uses community mobilisation and marketing strategies to increase awareness of innovation, opportunities to collaborate, and invest in technology and research.

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.

Dr Anna Okello; Anna manages the Livestock Systems Program at the Australia 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.

Aulani Wilhelm: Aulani is the senior vice president for Oceans at Conservation International. Her work bridges culture, community and science to drive innovations in ocean conservation. Aulani has played a pivotal role in shaping the emerging field of large-scale ocean conservation, leading the design and establishment of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi, and as founder of Big Ocean, a network of the world’s largest marine managed areas.

Finally, I make up the tenth member of the Summit’s Steering Committee.

The Summit is fortunate to have such an experienced and diverse group of individuals working together. We intend to deliver a programme that will make a real difference and build on the opportunity of showcasing local solutions that will have global impact.

For more details and to register your interest in the 2035 Oceania Summit, please go to