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Blinc Innovation Hub

Discover cutting-edge innovations and start-ups that are transforming agriculture in New Zealand and abroad. Blinc Innovation Hub is a one-stop showcase of new technology, products and services that look to solve challenges faced by our food producers. Seminar sessions on Wednesday morning will explore our changing climate and what the future of food production could look like in Canterbury. The New Wave Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon is designed for secondary students to engage with young rural leaders and learn what the future of work could look like.






Blinc Innovation He Puna Karikari is an established agribusiness facilitating change and innovation through brave conversations and enabling new collaborations.


Wednesday 13th November:
Seminar a | Our Changing Climate – A Global Outlook



New Zealand’s food producers and growers are faced with a changing climate and uncertain future as we transition to a low-emissions economy. This session will explore the global climate crisis, what it means for food production in Aotearoa New Zealand, what the future of brand New Zealand could look like as we respond, lead and adapt to these changes and remain a key food basket that embraces what lies ahead.

8:00am Breakfast & Networking

8:30am Welcome

8:50am Keynote Address 1 – Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Pastoral Agriculture

9:00am Keynote Address 2 – Transforming New Zealand Agriculture

9:10am Keynote Address 3 – Global Trends in Future Proteins: Fad or Here to Stay?

9:20am Panel discussion with audience Q&A

Seminar B | Climate-Smart Food Production



A Climate crisis has been declared across Aotearoa New Zealand and our food and fibre industries are faced with the challenge of how to produce high-value food sustainably, whilst adapting and building resilience to a changing climate. Reducing emissions, finding the best use for land, protecting our water, animal and social welfare and improving biodiversity are all pieces in this very complex demanding puzzle which will be explored in this session. An increase in floods, droughts and pests are all possible – how might we build climate resilience and protect our natural resources and food production for future generations?

10.15am Introduction

10:20am Keynote Address 1 – Water Management for Climate Resilience

10:30am Keynote Address 2 –Choosing the Best Land-Use for Today and Tomorrow

10:40am Keynote Address 3 – Optimising Productivity Alongside Sustainability

10.50am Panel discussion with audience Q&A

11:15am End Session B


New Wave Innovation Tour


The future of agriculture is full of exciting opportunities for our young people to explore. This session will begin with panel discussion to showcase young rural leaders who will share their own career journey. They will share what they see as the future of work and what new opportunities there could be for young people, as well as their top tips for anyone looking to start a career in ag. The panel discussion will be followed by a tour of Blinc Innovation Hub to showcase the cutting edge technology that is helping to transform the future of work in NZ and abroad.

1:00pm Welcome & Introduction

1:05pm Future of work keynotes

1:20pm Panel discussion with audience Q&A

1:30pm End panel and move to Innovation Tour

2:00pm Tour concludes, event ends, students free to continue to explore Hub

We will be updating information on speakers shortly.


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