Opened by Prime Minister Hon John Key at the welcome cocktail function on Sunday night, the conference promises to bring together delegates from across the red meat industry spectrum.
Packed into a full one-day agenda, primary sector collaboration, ‘meating’ the needs of an aging population and the Māori perspective will be gained from presentations from Graham Stuart, Sealord’s chief executive, Professor David Cameron-Smith, deputy director of the Liggins Institute and chair in nutrition for Auckland University and Traci Houpapa, chair of the Federation of Māori Authorities.
There will be economics aplenty from three speakers: Andrew Burtt, chief economist with the Beef + Lamb NZ Economic Service, ANZ’s rural economist Con Williams and Rabobank’s senior analyst Hayley Moynihan.
Looking ahead at what’s to come for red meat will be popular regulars: Richard Brown, director of European market research agency GIRA, who will cover the global market outlook for beef and sheepmeat; Colin James from Synapsis who will look at the New Zealand political environment; and Professor David Hughes, emeritus professor of food marketing at Imperial College, London.
The conference will be opened and closed by Meat Industry Association (MIA) chairman Bill Falconer and B+LNZ Ltd chairman Mike Petersen. The two organisations have once again jointly organised and are hosting the conference.
In addition to the welcome cocktail function sponsored by Hamburg-Sud on the Sunday evening, the main event – the Maersk Gala Dinner at the Langham on Monday evening – will feature the Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries and Sam Kekovich. Kekovich is an Australian media personality and former Aussie Rules player who, as ‘Lambassador’, has featured in a series of satirical advertisements for Meat & Livestock Australia. Watch his Australia Day address in 2011…
Principal sponsors are ANZ bank and Maersk Line, which has again sponsored the gala dinner. Gold sponsors are Milmeq, Ecolab and Bell Gully. Other sponsors include Rabobank, FMG, Ports of Auckland and Triton.
After the year just gone, the Red Meat Sector Conference promises to be interesting, a good opportunity to network and fun.