Annual Conference Programme

'Working together for a sustainable future'

21 July 2021
Te Papa Tongawera
55 Cable Street, Wellington


Register your attendance at the registration desk.

Mix and mingle until conference starts at 9.00 am

As well as Agcarm President, Gavin manages the Nufarm New Zealand business where he enjoys developing great teams, driving strategic innovations, solving problems, creating value-added customer solutions, and developing planned and proactive solutions for a rapidly changing industry.

Having started his career as an agronomist, he has first-hand experience of the value these solutions can provide for growers in the field. This experience has helped him to keep the end-user front of mind when developing any innovative solutions and opportunities.

Gavin is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne.

Associate Minister for the Environment with responsibility for the EPA; Minister for Disarmament & Arms Control; Minister of State for Trade & Export Growth; Associate Minister of Immigration; MP for Te Atatū.

Hon Phil Twyford 2020 Headshot


Hon Phil Twyford was born and raised in Auckland. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatū, where he lives. Phil’s vision is for New Zealand to deliver hope and opportunity to all people.

After studying politics at Auckland University, Phil worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Phil’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC.

Upon returning to New Zealand, Phil was elected to Parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In Opposition, he held the portfolios of Housing, Transport, Auckland Issues, and Disarmament and Arms Control.

Phil is currently the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Immigration.

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Dr Allan Freeth, EPA Chief Executive

Allan Freeth took up the role of Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority in September 2015.

He has extensive experience of both governance and management, and is well-known across New Zealand’s business, cultural, and public sectors.

Dr Freeth’s previous managerial roles include seven years as Chief Executive of TelstraClear Limited (2005–2012), and five years as Chief Executive/Managing Director of Wrightson Limited (to 2004). Prior to that, he held senior management roles in Wrightson Rural and at Trust Bank New Zealand Limited.

He was Chair of Triplejump until October 2018, and Housing New Zealand Corporation until July 2015, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Film Solutions until April 2017. He is also active in the not-for-profit sector with previous roles as Chair of Queen Margaret College, and Save the Children New Zealand, Deputy Chairman of Film NZ, and a Director of the Malaghan Institute.

At present he is Acting Chairman of Crimestoppers, a Trustee on the Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum Trust, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University.  He also acts as an advisor for a number of charities associated with child and youth organisations.

Dr Freeth holds a BSc (1st class Honours) degree in Zoology, a Doctorate in Philosophy in Population Genetics, and an MBA with Distinction.

Launch of Agcarm's inaugural animal health report, including KPMG's key findings from the New Zealand animal health sector.

Light refreshments, heading back to the main conference for next speaker at 11:20

Mike is an experienced New Zealand director with extensive governance experience in the agribusiness sector. Until recently, he was New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy for six years, where he advocated for New Zealand’s agriculture trade and market access interests and identified opportunities for New Zealand to commercialise its agricultural expertise offshore.

These days, Mike is busy as Chairman of Nui Markets, an agri-food digital marketplace, independent chair of Pastoral Genomics, an independent director of ANZCO Foods and several privately-owned companies. He was previously chair of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Mike is the current Chair for the Food and Fibre Partnership Group – ‘Fit for a Better World’.

'Fit for a Better World' focusses on providing the world’s most discerning consumers with outstanding, ethically-produced food, natural fibres, drinks, co-and bioproducts while embracing environmental challenges.

We will conduct our Annual General Meeting and elect nominees to fill any vacant positions on the board.  Yearly financials and any other general business will be discussed with the membership.

NB: This is a member-only session.  All non-members will be asked to leave the room.

Lunch and an opportunity to network in the breakout room, before our next speaker at 13:30 (TBC)

Tackling plastic waste through a circular economy


As General Manager Forests to Biobased Products Florian is responsible for Scion’s projects, programmes and impact delivery around replacing petrochemicals and non-sustainable materials with products from trees and other biomaterials. These activities are aiming at the design of biomaterials to create products for the rapidly growing sustainability-conscious market enabled through distributed manufacturing and biorefineries across New Zealand.

Read about Florian on the SCION website.

Light refreshments, heading back to the main conference for next speaker at 15:30 (TBC)

Māori world and farming - Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Professor Adds teaches topics relating to Māori history and ‘prehistory’, and the Treaty of Waitangi with Te Kawa a Māui (School of Māori Studies) at Victoria University.

Professor Peter Adds

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Agcarm President, Gavin Kerr, will reflect on the key findings and take aways of the day.

Network with colleagues, politicians, regulators and other invited guests.

Drinks and canapés provided.

Seated dinner in the Te Marae room at Te Papa.

Special awards attributed to members for the Life Membership Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, and the Golf Cup.

The conference ends at 10 pm.