4 March 2021

 - 6 March 2021

Kai Kōrero pop-up event at Northland Field Days

Address: SH12 Dargaville

We are hosting an incredible line-up of guest speakers at our site during the Northland Field Days, happening between March 4-6 in Dargaville.

The Kai Kōrero pop-up event will showcase a range of industry leaders who will share their aspirations to support kai production in Te Tai Tokerau. The topics will cover water storage, emerging crops, workforce development, regenerative agriculture, and market access.

In addition to the event at the field days, Kaipara Kai Hub is organising a visit to the Te Kopuru trial site on Thursday, March 4 from 10am -12 noon. Plant & Food Research, with assistance from Kaipara Kai Hub, is evaluating peanuts as a potential commercial crop on Northland’s sandy soils. Production costs, yield and taste are being evaluated in two trials, on farms near Kaipara’s west coast. The project is being funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Pic Peanut Butter.

On Thursday afternoon, Dr Bruce Campbell and Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust will give an overview of water storage initiatives in Northland and the opportunities this brings for food production in Kaipara.

A panel discussion on Friday morning will bring together local farmer Allister McCahon, Declan Graham, from Plant and Food Research, Matt Punter, Manager of the Kaipara Kai Hub and Isopo Samu, founder of Harvest Northland workforce cooperative. They will discuss diversification and emerging crops and how different groups must work together to develop emerging crops into thriving industries that make a real difference for the Kaipara.

For food producers who want to get their goods out there and selling, looking to sell to consumers, a workshop on Saturday morning will explore “Selling to supermarkets and sales opportunities for Northland food producers”. This will be delivered by Northland-based business advisors, Jesse Henderson and Kate Greenaway from Get Better Problems.

On Friday and Saturday, Erin Crampton and Carli Davis, from Calm The Farm will be on site. Calm The Farm helps farmers transition to regenerative agriculture and they are keen to understand the challenges and successes for Northland farmers moving to Regen. They will share their story, what they do, the benefits of regenerative farming, and their insights into the science and data behind it.

The Kaipara District Council will have a presence at the site, providing information about their water demonstration site project which is part of the Kaipara KickStart programme.

Download the event schedule here.