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Programme outline - Muster, Summit, Celebration Dinner, Immersive Tour

Speaker and programme highlights


We’re excited to reveal an impressive line-up of speakers from NZ, Australia and around the globe, who will explore the theme “Guilt free farming – feeding and clothing a hungry world”. They’ll share their personal experiences, shed their light on the topic, impart their wisdom, and challenge your thinking. 


The importance of a great work culture

Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell shares what he’s learned in his role leading the global dairy nutrition co-operative, and his fundamental belief in the power of dairy to make a difference. 


Connecting with our future customers, and turning them into advocates

Amanda Stevens - Australia’s leading consumer futurist and 2018 Speaker of the Year - will combine consumer insights with fascinating research into buying behaviour, providing powerful strategies for connecting with your customers. 


Challenge brings opportunity 

Wayne Langford, President of Federated Farmers NZ and founder of Meat The Need imparts his personal experience through his career in the sector, and how to harness the challenges and be a courageous leader.


Making good food better - guilt-free consumption of red meat

Food scientist Dr Anneline Padayachee is a thought-leader with fascinating insights on food and nutrition from the farm gate to commercialisation before consumption, and the factors that influence nutrition from the tastebuds through digestion to gut health and beyond. Hear about the true value of food, the future of food, the commercial opportunities available to us by truly understanding our consumers, and why nutrition and health starts on farm with farmers.


Climate neutrality - why farmers are part of the solution to climate change

Dr Brad Ridoutt - Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO – shares his learnings on climate neutrality and biogenic methane.


Doing right by farmers and our planet

NZ-American businessman Tom Sturgess, founder of Lone Star Farms and Methane Mitigation Ventures, shares the leadership position he’s taking on methane, and his insights on navigating your business through uncertainty. He draws on his widely varied career, including time serving in the US Marines, 


Tools for the Top Paddock

As founder of Farm Fit, dairy farmer Kane Brisco has used his own experience with depression to help others and support the mental wellbeing of the rural community. He tells us his personal story, the cost of stress and fatigue, and the importance of living well so we can farm well. He’ll also get us moving! 

Young Achievers Muster: Monday 11 March 

The Muster - designed exclusively for our Award Alumni and Award partners - provides a powerful platform to share developments and innovations, and nurture strong connections. Details of the Muster will be provided directly to registered attendees. Built on the success of our first Muster in 2023, this is set to be another fantastic and transformative day.


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2024 Impact Summit: Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 March

With our commitment to elevating thought, challenging the status quo, and inspiring positive change, our 2024 Summit will explore the bold theme “Guilt Free Farming – feeding and clothing a hungry world”. 

The Summit is not a talk-fest, nor a platform for denial. It will bring you together, as the change-makers in Australia and New Zealand's food and fibre sector, and arm you with the tools for what’s coming next, by:


  • Providing vision and inspiration 

  • Showcasing the latest information and innovation from NZ and around the globe

  • Reinforcing credibility, with data and science from leading experts

  • Igniting vital conversations and creating opportunities to connect


Why should we be proud to be a primary part of the supply chains that feed and clothe our world – and where are the opportunities to make the biggest impact over the next 10 years? Join us and be inspired. 


2024 Award 10 Year Celebration Evening: Tuesday 12 March

2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the Award, which is cause for celebration indeed!


Join us for this special evening where we reflect on the past decade, recognise the impact this Award is having on our sector, and crown our 2024 Award winners.


Located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, this stunning location sets the scene for an evening filled with entertainment, socialising and celebration.  The perfect opportunity to put on your Sunday best and raise a glass to our future leaders.

















Immersive Tour: Thursday 14 March (optional)

Visit food and fibre game-changers in an immersive one day tour within the Queenstown Basin. In addition to breathtaking views, the trip includes visits to the iconic Royalburn Station and groundbreaking cherry orchard Forest Lodge Orchard, before a final stop at the legendary Gibbston Valley Winery to sample some of Central Otago’s finest wines.


Royalburn Station:

Royalburn Station is one of the oldest farms in the country, and one of the last operating farms in the region, with a genuine farm-to-plate operation. This historic station was taken over by former MasterCher NZ winner Nadia Lim and husband Carlos Bagrie in 2019, who have a vision to lead the way in regenerative ethical farming, by creating more sustainable and circular solutions to help the land, animals and food sources thrive. Home to one of only two mobile, micro on-farm abattoirs in the country, Royalburn’s lamb operation has the highest animal welfare and ethics practices possible. Click here to find out more. 


Forest Lodge Orchard:

Forest Lodge is a 6-hectare cherry orchard with just over 9300 cherry trees, and is the World's First 100% Electric, Zero Fossil Fuel Orchard. No fossil fuels means the latest in electrification technology, and some fine kiwi-ingenuity is required. You’ll spend time with founders Mike and Rebecca Casey, who left their careers in finance and tech start ups in Sydney back in 2019 to embark on this new venture, to see and hear first hand on their journey and challenges in creating the first zero emission harvest - potentially in the world. To find out more click here

Gibbston Valley Winery

No immersive tour of Central Otago would be complete without a stop at a winery - and where better to visit than Gibbston Valley Winery. Home to the oldest vineyards in the region and NZ’s largest wine cave, Gibbston Valley Winery have been handcrafting premium wines for more than three decades. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting and tour of the iconic cave, before making the trip back to Queenstown. The perfect way to wrap up the week.

Tickets to the Immersive Tour can be purchased separately as an "add-on" when you secure your Summit tickets. The Immersive Tour includes time with Nadia Lim and a barbecue lunch at Royalburn, a tour with Mike Casey at Forest Lodge Orchard, your wine cave experience and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery, and return transport from The Heritage Hotel.



Our location for the 2024 Impact Summit is The Heritage Hotel, Queenstown. 


This is located in central Queenstown, just a short walk downhill to the waterfront, with incredible views over Lake Wakatipu. 


There is accommodation available on site, making it nice and easy. We have negotiated preferential rates for Summit attendees. Please click here to book online, or contact the hotel on +64 3 450 1500 or . Quote the reference ZMA24 to access the special rate.

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