Event description

The New Zealand Agri Investment Launch will officially open the week.

  • Wharerata Function Centre, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Tuesday 15th March, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Invitation only event
  • Three young speakers will present a short talk on their ambition for NZ’s agri-sector

The event will bring together many of the high level thinkers involved in the wider agricultural sector, including Government, agricultural companies, Iwi, finance organisations, education providers, NZAI Week partners and sponsors and others. While acting as the launch of the week, the event also provides a networking platform for thought leaders from the agri-sector. The Launch aims to engage the audience with the ideas of our youth as the talented speakers provide a different perspective on what agri in NZ means or could be. Innovative food products and wine from some of our partner regions participating in the Plate of Origin competition will also be highlighted by the event. The three young inspiring speakers have been handpicked to present to the audience their ambitions for the future of agri or how they see themselves contributing to the sector in some way. These speakers will represent secondary students, tertiary students and recent graduates. One VIP speaker will also officially open the week.

Key Note Address
Hon. Nathan Guy | Minister for Primary Industries
Hon. Nathan Guy is the Minister for Primary Industries and Racing as well as the MP for Otaki. Minister Guy will officially launch the New Zealand Agri Investment Week.


Mark Heer | ASB
Mark Heer has had an extensive 30 year career in Rural and Corporate banking. He’s held Rural Manager positions from Otago through to Northland as well as leading ASB’s Rural Corporate division.

Hannah Goodwin | FMG
The majority of Hannah’s time is spent out and about seeing clients, both farming and commercial, to conduct onsite evaluations and produce risk assessment reports specifically tailored to meet their personal risk needs.

Greer Baldwin | St Paul’s Collegiate School
St Paul’s is crafting a new teaching and learning subject that the New Zealand agribusiness sector see as vital; to produce quality, tertiary capable students strong in Sciences and/or Commerce who are interested and engaged in the career pathways and opportunities within the agricultural science and business sectors.

Jack Keeys | University of Waikato
Jack is currently studying a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Agribusiness and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. Jack’s goal is to create a foundation for leadership in the primary industries.