Wellington Programme

Te Papa Tongarewa,

Museum of New Zealand,


Saturday 14 February












Welcome - M.C. Dr. Jessica Hutchings.




Opening - Fiona Lady Elworthy.


9.30 - 9.45


Morning Tea


9.50 - 10.20


Moana Jackson – Lawyer, lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, on Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), sovereignty issues and indigenous rights.  


Food Safety and Risk Assessment  - M.C. Dr. Jon Hickford


10.25 - 11.25


International speaker - Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini – Professor of Molecular Biology at CRIIGEN and leading researcher for CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) "Chemical pollutants and GMO's in food: their effects on health". 


11.30 - 12.00


Simon Terry & Stephanie Howard – Directors of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand “GM 2.0 - The New Generation of GMOs”


12.00 - 12.55




Agricultural Intensification and Ecosystem Sustainability.


13.00 - 13.35


Dr. Meriel Watts - Co-ordinator of Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa / NZ Senior Science Advisor to PAN Asia and the Pacific “Pesticides: silencing the ecosystem and silencing our children”.


13.40 - 14.35


Professor Jack Heinemann – Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences and Director of the Centre for Integrated in Biosafety Research (INBI) " Comparative sustainability of intensive GM and non-GM agroecoystems."


14.40 - 15.15


International speaker - Bob Mackley - Fourth generation farmer, convener and co-negotiator of a locally based grain marketing group designed to empower local small farmers “Soil conservation, a thinking farmers perspective.”


15.20 - 15.35


Afternoon Tea


 The Value of Food Quality


15.40 - 16.40


International speaker – Professor Don Huber – Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue University leading microbiologist in nutrient and disease interactions. “Modern agriculture and food nutrition today?


16.45 - 17.15


Dr. Anna Goodwin – Heads the Braemar Hospital's oncology unit  -"Overweight, undernourished, sterile, and dying of cancer. Our food is it sealing the fate of humanity?"


17.20 - 17.30


Review of the day's proceedings - M.C. Dr. Jon Hickford


Dinner 7.30 pm - seated.

 Guest speaker – International speaker Chef M. Jerome Douzelet owner and head chef of a 16-century hotel and restaurant, Le Mas de Rivet in southern France. Le Mas de Rivet cuisine is made with natural fresh organic produce.



Sunday 15 February








Welcome - M.C. Dr. Jon Hickford.


Food For Health and Nutrition


9.05 9.30


Dr. Jessica Hutchings - Manager of Te Wāhanga, research unit and is actively involved with Te Waka Kai Ora (the National Maori Organics Authority) -"Hua Parakore – A kaupapa Māori food sovereignty project."


9.30 - 9.55


Phyllis TichininBiological soil consultant across a range of agricultural enterprises – dairy to kiwifruit. "Growing Soils for Nutrient Density and Humus"


9.55 - 10.25


Mark Christensen – Research director of the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust into the health benefits of heritage fruits and vegetables. “The Best Apples and High Health Tomatoes, heritage varieties for real nutrition!”    


10.25 - 10.35


Frederic Guerin and Claire Chauvet, STOP OGM Pacifique  and Adam Breasley Mantasa: GMOs in the Pacific and banana biopiracy case.


10.40 - 10.55


Morning Tea


Intellectual Property and Food Security - M.C. Dr. Jessica Hutchings.


11.00 - 12.00


International speaker – Dr. Vandana Shiva – Founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology and Navdanya, India, “Beyond Industrial Agriculture, Towards Agroecology”.


12.05 - 13.00




13.05 - 13.50


International speaker - Professor Gu Xiulin – Professor of Finance and Economics, at Yunnan University, China. “Traditional Chinese agriculture, economics and technology. Who cares?"


13.55 - 14.25


Localising Food Robina McCurdy from Earthcare Education,

Science behind the food you trust  - Heli Matilainen of Helix Organics. 


14.30 - 14.45


Afternoon Tea


14.50 -15.40

WORKSHOPS (each workshop will cover two topics).

Workshop 1


 How do we ensure public policy serves the public?

 Breakdown questions.  

"What are the solutions to systemic failure in food policy and regulation?" Food quality is synonymous with food safety, or is it? We will discuss government policy and the underlying problems of our present regulatory systems, and recommend solutions.

"How do we ensure quality food production underpins our economic advantages?" Any food safety threat to our exports is now a focus of world attention. We will discuss the risks and successes of various farming systems and recommend the best ways to ensure that our food is produced to the highest quality standards.


Workshop 2


 How do we ensure food safety and agricultural sustainability serves the public for the future generations?

Breakdown questions.  

"What do we need to ensure food safety now and into the future?" Concerns are being raised by health professionals over food toxicity and an increase in related illness. This workshop will discuss and recommend agricultural methods for food production that will ensure our future health.

"How do we implement agricultural methods to ensure seed biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems?" Seed and biological diversity have declined with modern agricultural practices. This workshop will discuss and recommend policies and management systems on a national level for the protection of ecosystems, biodiversity and heritage seed.


15.45 - 16.00


Workshops Report back


16.05 - 16.50


Panel of International speakers.


M.C. Dr. Jessica Hutchings and Dr. Jon Hickford.


17.55 - 17.10


Conference statement


17.15 - 17.25






Closing Karakia.


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