Food Matters Aotearoa conference 2015


Information on the upcoming "Food Matters Aotearoa conference" was presented at our December 2014 meeting.
See below for the full details on this important conference.

"Food Matters Aotearoa conference, 14 and 15 February 2015, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.
Food Matters Aotearoa Conference welcomes overseas speakers including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Prof. Gilles-Eric Seralini, and Prof. Don Huber.

Food really does matter, especially when it comes to addressing the problems of an increasingly vulnerable global system. Listen to top scientists and other respected speakers, both national and international, speak on the challenges we face. Join stimulating discussions on indigenous and sustainable solutions for New Zealand’s food and agriculture. Register now at and help guide decisions that will set the course for our environment and the nature of food for coming generations. Food Matters!

Register now! Whether a consumer, farmer, scientist or government delegate, you will have the opportunity to hear and discuss issues that will influence future food production. Now is the chance for all members of NGOs, organic and community organisations to take advantage of a group discount.  The organisers are making it much easier for members of NGOs and community organisations to register by offering a special 20% discount on bookings of 5 or more tickets for the full conference in Wellington until Monday 5th January. You can register five people and one person can go free, be sponsored or each member receive a discount.

This is an unique opportunity for those interested in farming systems and quality food production to hear expert speakers and take advantage of the significant networking offered by the conference. Please extend this invitation to all those groups with an interest in food production and quality. It is in all our interests that we make this exciting and vibrant event a success.

Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future. Ōku whenua, Āku kai, Ōku mō ake, tonu atu. All details can be found on the website as well as posters to download. Help spread the word.  See

This is your only chance to see these excellent international speakers! We are bringing these renowned scientists to New Zealand with the help of our sponsors, some of their comments follow:

Mayor Wade-Brown, Wellington City Council welcomes the Food Matters Aotearoa conference to the Capital. "Food is a fundamental life issue, a health matter and its production has considerable environmental and welfare implications.
The Food Matters Aotearoa Conference is supported by the Council as it will contribute positively to the debates about food production and safety that are essential to the New Zealand economy. "

There are related events (listed below) in Christchurch, Hawkes Bay and Auckland.

9th February 2015. 7.30 -10.00 pm. Canterbury University Central Lecture Theatre C-1, Arts Road [off Clyde Rd], Ilam, Christchurch.
Speakers: Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini and Jérôme Douzelet and Emeritus Prof. Don Huber.

Hawkes Bay
16 February 2015 1-5.30pm Havelock North, Conference Centre -Emeritus Prof. Don Huber, Dr. Vandana Shiva
17 February 2015  8.30-11.30am Sessions - various locations around Hastings.  Sessions with international speakers.

19 February 2015 7.30 -10.00 pm Rutherford Room Alexandra Park  Epsom, Auckland.
Gilles-Eric Séralini and Jérôme Douzelet's talk on “Culinary pleasures or hidden poisons?”
Dr Vandana Shiva's talk on "Preserving seed integrity and food sovereignty."

Please contact us if you have a query.

Food Matters Aotearoa
Susie Lees: 021 054 3492

Claire Bleakley: 027 348 6731

Julie M Collins: 06 3089412, 0274 869464 "