That's a wrap!

Grow 2019: the Boma NZ Agri Summit was delivered by Boma New Zealand.

600 attendees working in the food and fibre sectors heard from over 30 national and international speakers about the unprecedented ways our world is changing and used interactive sessions and workshops to tackle huge questions these changes present for the future of food and fibre in Aotearoa, such as:

  • How is technology going to transform the way we grow and sell? Every piece of the supply chain is up for disruption.

  • How is the market changing? Consumer tastes are evolving, and so are their expectations: of quality, transparency, and social responsibility. What business models should we be exploring? How can we focus less on volume and more on value?

  • How is climate change going to affect our primary sector? It’s not just changing weather—it’s changing government policy and customer expectations.

  • What does our social license to operate look like going forward? How can we shift away from the unhelpful friction between urban and rural? What is our actual responsibility when it comes to land use, or clean waterways—and who should pay?

Our vision was to help Aotearoa’s food and fibre sector become more innovative, sustainable, collaborative, and profitable, now and into the future.

Attendees were empowered to take tangible action—so they are ready for what comes next.


Grow 2019 Speakers


Abi Ramanan

Co-founder & CEO, ImpactVision

Tim Cannon

Founder & CEO, Livestock Labs

Bayuble Woodford House

2018 Hawke’s Bay YES Company of the Year

Harry She

Head of Data Science, Halter

Roger Beattie

Managing Director, Wyld

Wayne Langford

Founder, YOLO Farmer NZ

Kay Baxter

Co-founder, Koanga institute

Johnathon Meichtry

Principal Solutions Architect

Raymond McCauley

Principal, Exponential Biosciences

Kerensa Johnston

CEO, Wakatū Incorporation

Andrew Priest

CEO, Ngai Tahu Farming

Amy Keller

Co-founder, PurePlus+

Penny Clark-Hall

Social licence consultant

Dr Bill Kaye-Blake

Chief Economist, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bailey Peryman


Dr Stewart Collie

Science Team Lead, AgResearch

Grant Ryan

Founder, The Cacophony Project

MC Sarah Perriam

Rural Broadcaster

Lain Jager

Chair, Primary sector council

Con Williams

Head of Investment Research, MyFarm Investments

Peri Drysdale

Founder & CEO, Untouched World

Dr William Rolleston

production director, South Pacific Sera Limited

Hon Craig Rowley

Mayor, Waimate District

Zenia Tata

Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE

Rachel Taulelei

CEO, Kono

Steven Saunders

Owner and Chair, Robotics Plus Ltd

David Davies

Co-Founder & Director, escaVox

Bernadette Casey

Founder & Creative Director, THe Formary

Richard Barge

Deputy Chair, NZHIA

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Director, Beef + Lamb New Zealand



Key Themes for 2019:

  • Disruption: Emerging technologies and ideas with the potential to disrupt the status quo

  • Transformation: How technology is transforming the food and fibre sector

  • Kaitiakitanga: Sustainable practices for today and tomorrow

  • Adaptation: New products and new business models for the changing face of the market

  • Action: Workshops and conversations to turn ideas into action

Attendees learned about the future trends that are impacting the food and fibre sector and what to do about them—not based on marketing fluff, but on practical experience from people on the ground.

They engaged in robust conversation about some of the thorniest issues facing the primary sector today, with a focus on practical solutions and outcomes.

Valuable networking time was provided for attendees to connect with a group of like-minded individuals and organisations who are working to help Aotearoa’s primary industries to understand, adapt, and grow in a future that looks nothing like today.

We didn’t just share what’s coming—attendees learned about case studies from credible people on who’s tried it, what worked, what didn’t, what’s temporary, and what’s going to be sustainable into the future.


Who should attend the next Summit?

Grow 2019 was designed to bring together people who work across New Zealand’s entire food and fibre sector, from the start of the supply chain to the finished products.

If you’re a farmer, producer, innovator, researcher, educator, student, government or finance worker looking at how to grow Aotearoa’s agriculture industry amidst exponential changes, you won’t want to miss our next event.


Grow 2019 Brain Trust

Although Grow 2019 is hosted by Boma New Zealand, producing the summit would not be possible without the expertise, knowledge, and guidance of these gracious individuals.