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Countdown to E Tipu 2022, new lineup confirmed

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AgResearch quantitative geneticist Suzanne Rowe will be speaking on her world-first research of breeding low methane-emitting sheep.
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With less than a week to go before E Tipu 2022 kicks off, the powerful summit programme has revealed some legendary personalities rounding off the lineup of speakers set to appear.

Run over two days, the Boma Agri Summit supports leaders and changemakers to be more intentional, intelligent and courageous about the future.

The action-packed programme will showcase extraordinary insights from more than 30 local and global leaders in food and fibre. 

The ultimate place to zoom out, connect and collaborate on what is shaping the future of New Zealand’s primary industries, the summit will take place at the Christchurch Town Hall and virtually on June 21-22. 

Through mainstage talks, expert panels, interactive workshops and innovative exhibitions, E Tipu 2022 tackles major topics shaping the future of food and fibre head-on.

A key focus will be: how do we get ahead of climate change and turn sustainability into an opportunity; what are the key innovations disrupting the primary sector; how is our freshwater environment changing, both on the ground and in governance; and what is the future of data in food and fibre?

Newly confirmed for the summit lineup is AgResearch quantitative geneticist Suzanne Rowe, a passionate advocate for climate science and helping agriculture adapt to meet the challenges of climate change. 

At E Tipu 2022, Rowe will be speaking on her world-first research of breeding low methane-emitting sheep.

Another agriscience champion joining the summit lineup is AgResearch scientist and early career ambassador Louise Hennessy (Ngāti Maniapoto), speaking on agricultural science and driving efforts to encourage more rangatahi into the realm of natural sciences. 

Also confirmed is CarbonCrop founder Nick Butcher who will speak about climate tech and how blending technology and rethinking models of collaboration will give solutions to even the most historically intractable of problems.

Joining them on the summit stage is AgriSea chief executive Clare Bradley. 

Bradley believes Aotearoa has the opportunity to live up to its international image of being a clean, green, high-value economy providing quality products while achieving the best living standards in the world. 

She will speak on building sustainable and ethical businesses.

Adding to the powerful programme is University of Auckland senior lecturer and protein biochemist Laura Domigan, climate tech investor and clean energy advocate Ramez Naam, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) chief transformation officer Jenny Cameron and NZ agribusiness leader Lain Jager.

Along with the legendary speaker list, E Tipu 2022 will host panels focused on some of the most pertinent topics facing the food and fibre sectors. 

Summit master of ceremonies Rod Oram will facilitate a Freshwater Futures panel to explore the critical questions – how is our freshwater environment changing, both on the ground and in governance and how do we need to adapt our approach to water in order to thrive? 

Joining the Freshwater Futures panel are Te Aukaha Māori agribusiness expert and Pakihiroa Farms Ltd general manager Hilton Collier (Ngāti Porou), NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research principal scientist Brent Clothier, water resource management expert Christina Robb and freshwater and resource management reform specialist Mike Jebson.

The Food, Fibre and Agritech Challenges (FFAC) finale showcase and awards ceremony follow day one of the summit with 12 cutting-edge ventures battling it out for a share of $70,000 worth of prizes. 

As a truly hybrid summit, attendees from around the world are set to join E Tipu 2022 for an immersive virtual experience. 

Delivered through a full-service event platform, virtual attendees have live access to all mainstage talks and panels as well as exclusive speaker Q&A workshops and virtual networking sessions.

To join primary industry leaders and changemakers at Aotearoa’s biggest food and fibre sector summit of the year go to to get tickets.

Special ticket rates are available for farmers, not-for-profits, start-ups, groups, students and youth. For more information visit

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