Find out why NZ’s biggest food and fibre summit is coming back to Ōtautahi Christchurch
E TIPU: The Boma Agri Summit is returning to Christchurch on 21 and 22 June and is set to connect Aotearoa’s food and fibre sector with the world.
Over two days, E TIPU will feature extraordinary speakers and changemakers who ignite conversations and share insights to help shape the future of Aotearoa’s primary industries.
According to Boma co-founder and CEO Kaila Colbin, Canterbury is an “absolute leader in food, fibre and agritech”. Kaila explains the five reasons why E TIPU is once again being hosted right here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
#1 Canterbury Is Leading The Food, Fibre And Agritech Sector
“Canterbury produces almost a fifth of New Zealand’s agricultural GDP – that’s over 13 billion dollars. Canterbury creates products ranging from meat and dairy, to horticulture, wine, seafood, arable farming – you name it. The region has incredibly fertile soils and a temperate climate that allow the production of some of the best products on the planet.”
#2 The Depth Of Research & Development
“Canterbury has three university campuses – Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago, and two polytechnics - Ara and Tai Poutini. Crown research institutes base themselves here such as AgResearch, NIWA (NZ Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research) and Scion plus many independent research organisations, for example, Manaaki Whenua, Cawthron Institute, Aqualinc Research Ltd and more. These are fuelled by an incredible eco-system of entrepreneurs, mentors and industry experts who are focused on high-value food and fibre products, agritech, productivity growth and sustainability.”
#3 The Incredible Array Of Talent In The Region
“You’ll see this come through at the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge grand finale and awards ceremony which is hosted at the end of the first day. This is a competition that seeks to find the most cutting-edge and innovative ideas in Canterbury and support them to become world-class businesses. Winners will receive a share in over $70,000 in cash and in-kind prizes as well as access to the incubator network. You’ll see them showcase their ideas for how to make the food and fibre sector more efficient, more sustainable and more compeititve on a global scale.”
#4 Christchurch’s Legacy Of New Ideas And Bold Thinking
“From early boundary pushers like Kate Shepperd and Ernest Shackleton, right through to our very own E TIPU speakers. Innovators like Logan Williams – Director of the NZ Merino Company, Grant Ryan – founder of a number of tech companies, and the Bayuable team – a group of young female innovators who made waves with their sustainable soluble fruit sticker. They all got their ideas off the ground right here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.”
#5 An Amazing Host City Experience
“Christchurch is an awesome place! Come and enjoy this modern host city. It’s got incredible street art, night life, adventures, open spaces, surfing, skiing, shopping – this list goes on. Come for E TIPU and make sure to experience everything that Christchurch has to offer.”