Register for the Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners – Friday 30 October

Register for the Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners – Friday 30 October

Wharf42 is delighted to be an official sponsor of the Bridge Hub 2020 trans-Tasman Water Challenge. At 2.00pm this Friday (30 October), you can join us online as we announce the winner of the New Zealand start-up category.

We will be joined in person by the other New Zealand official sponsor, Zespri, who will be announcing the winner of the New Zealand research category.

The Water Challenge has attracted an amazing array of start-ups and research projects from around both Australia and New Zealand. Water is one of our most critical natural resources and with climate change creating more extreme weather events, including extended periods of drought, it is one of agriculture’s #1 issues. The 2020 Water Challenge has produced a wide range of exciting solutions designed to tackle the key issues of water availability, management and quality.

On Friday, we will not only be announcing the winners of the two key New Zealand categories, we’ll be announcing the Australian category winners. You will have the opportunity to hear their pitch and also hear from Vic Crone & David Thodey, co-leaders of the Innovation Sector Group within the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. It promises to be a an inspiring virtual event.The 2020 Water Challenge Finale and the Announcement of Winners runs from 2.00pm – 2.30pm (NZT).

To join us on Friday, simply register your (free) spot at We look forward to seeing you (virtually of course) then.

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Save the Date: The 2020 NZ Young Farmers Annual Conference

Save the Date: The 2020 NZ Young Farmers Annual Conference

It’s time to get out the diary and lock in the dates. I’m excited about the opportunity of speaking at the 2020 NZ Young Farmers Annual Conference.

The conference will take place at the Novotel Tainui Hamilton on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November. On Friday, I’ll be talking about The Global Landscape for New Zealand Agritech. It maps the key theme of this year’s conference; The Future of Food and Fibre – a focus on global drivers of change (consumer, social, political, financial, environmental), and the local implications of this for our future farmers and industry leaders.

About New Zealand Young Farmers

New Zealand Young Farmers is a national membership organisation. It provides opportunities for young people with an interest in the rural and primary industry sectors to reach their potential through participation in social, education and leadership development activities and events throughout New Zealand at community, regional and national levels. Formed in 1932, New Zealand Young Farmers is a registered charitable organisation governed by a Board made up of Young Farmer members and strategic primary industry partners.

The New Zealand Young Farmers’ membership is the lifeblood of the organisation. Most of its members are spread across  70+ Young Farmers Clubs with members aged between 16-31 years, its TeenAg Clubs (14-18 years), and AgriKids members (8-13 years). The organisation also have connections with New Zealand Young Farmers Alumni who remain engaged with New Zealand Young Farmers.

Last month, I was inspired to take part in AgriFuture Australia’s Horizon Programme Virtual Summit. This was designed to support the next generation of leaders that will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities. I expect to be similarly inspired in November. The NZ Young Farmers Annual Conference provides a great platform for meeting and engaging with some of New Zealand’s future farming leaders.

Tickets go on sale on 6 October. I’ll be publishing a link to the Registration page on that date.