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A Taste of Tomorrow: Next Generation Food & Farming

What might our future look like if today's students become the innovators and change-makers for Taranaki's food, fibre and pharma industry?

This event does not require registration.

Tuesday 25 May
1:30pm - 3:00pm

New Plymouth Boys' High School, Ryder Hall,
107 Coronation Avenue, Welbourn, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Free event
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What's it all about?

Think NZ's food and fibre industry is all about grass and cows? Prepare to have your mind opened.

Technology is changing the way we eat, the materials we use, and is addressing some of the world's biggest environmental problems.  This event will highlight the opportunity for our young people to prepare for, and help create, next generation food, fibre and pharma ventures for Taranaki, that will nourish our land and our people, as well as the world.

Presenters from Massey University and BECA will showcase how the application of science and technology is changing this important industry and is helping our region's food production sector to be world class. A panel of recent graduates will also talk about their exciting career paths to date, with a Q & A session to conclude the event.

This is an event open to Taranaki High Schools only. If you would like your school to attend, please register your interest ASAP at and advise student numbers.


This community event listing is made possible with the support of NZTech




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Prof Johan Potgieter

Professor of Robotics and Automation at MAF Digital Lab, Massey University

Johan has a well established reputation for his work in mechatronics and robotics. Aside from teaching , Johan is involved with companies throughout NZ as part of the NZ Product Accelerator, bringing their ideas and projects to life, as well as helping students do the same.

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Hamish McCook

Food & Life Sciences Market Segment Leader, BECA

Hamish trained as a process engineer, and has been a consultant for BECA for several years. His career has revolved around large scale food production, including process engineering, product development, food safety and automation. He has travelled globally examining Food and Agribusinesses.

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Will Lightbody

(New Plymouth Boys' High School)

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Annie Lines

(St Mary's College, Auckland)

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Ashleigh Weir

Process Project Engineer, PDV Consultants
(New Plymouth Girls' High School)

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Andrew Boot

Greenfern Industries
(New Plymouth Boys' High School)

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Leon Power

Founder/General Manager, Nanobubble Agritech
(Francis Douglas Memorial College)

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Shikeale Harris

Fonterra Palmerston North
(Inglewood High School)

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