The future of farming with One New Zealand

This Friday evening One New Zealand is hosting a talk series event in Wānaka, which offers insight into the future of farming. 

The trust organisation believes the rural sector is at the cusp of a new era. With farmers adapting and innovating throughout New Zealand, and the government aiming to drive world-leading policy around agricultural emissions.

Vicky Spearing of One New Zealand said, “Jacinda Adhern and Minister James Shaw last week jointly agreed with the agricultural sector a commitment to legislate to reduce agricultural emissions under the Emissions Trading Reform Bill. While some would say it is not enough, it is a good start.”

The four guest speakers at the event—Steve Canny, Blake Holgate, Kate Scott and Adele Fitzpatrick—will collectively address a variety of topics including the latest international market trends, soil mapping, diversification of food systems in the regions, sustainability in farming and ‘right tree, right place’ practices. 

Canny is Great South’s business and strategic projects general manager. Spearing commented that Canny was instrumental in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)’s $6million project to acquire and analyse aeromagnetic data for specific parts of Southland, Otago and Marlborough, in order to provide subsurface mineral and water data for the areas.

Holgate is a sustainability and agriculture analyst for Rabobank. She will provide practical information on water and nutrients management strategies to help develop systems that are environmentally and financially sustainable.

Spearing said “Kate Scott [...] will discuss how New Zealand is performing from an agricultural/environmental perspective compared to elsewhere in the world, the role technology has in reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture, and how we might approach policy with a view to changing systems”. 

Fitzpatrick is the CEO of The Crimson Project and Trees That Count. She intends to share her passionate views about planting more native trees and to explain how farmers can get assistance for the funding and planting of trees. 

The ‘Future of Farming’ is at the Lake Wānaka Centre on November 1 from 6.30pm to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Spearing added, “Friday night’s discussions promise to be of interest to many people, not just farmers.”


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