Te Mahi Kai Symposium

“Te Mahi Kai Symposium;
The Language of Food.”

10am, Wednesday 28 July Room 501 Railway West Wing, Victoria University
Nau mai, haere mai!

The theme for Te Wiki o te Reo – Māori Language Week for 2010 is “Te Mahi Kai –  The Language of Food”. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in partnership with the Institute of Policy Studies are hosting a Symposium to celebrate. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday 28 July, 2010 at the Railway West Wing, Victoria University, Wellington.

The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together a range of speakers from community based, commercial, research and policy backgrounds to highlight issues around Māori and food.

‘Māori Agribusiness’ has been identified as one of the eight key Government priorities for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). MAF recognises that Māori have an integral part to play in the sustainable development of New Zealand agricultural and food sectors.


10am              Karakia/Whakatau

10.15am         MAF Policy, James Palmer, Director, Strategy Development. To provide a forward-looking analysis of some of the key strategic issues for MAF that may relate to Maori and food.

10.35am         Tuaropaki Trust, Tumanako Wereta, Chair. To discuss the work of the trust who’s mission is to be at one with their customary land and taonga, provide sustainable wealth and benefits to the owners, support community initiatives and meet the challenges of the global and local markets.

11.05am         Kapu Ti/Waa whakataa

11.15am         Te Waka Kai Ora, Percy Tipene, Chair. To discuss initiatives of Te Waka Kai Ora, a collective that is committed to promoting Hua Whenua, Hua Maori and Hua Kaiora.

11.45am         Tahuri Whenua, Dr Nick Roskruge, Chairperson and Senior Lecturer at Massey University. To discuss the implications of the resurgence of Māori vegetable growers.

12.15pm         Te kai o te ra nui

12.45pm         NZFSA, Raniera Bassett, Programme Manager. To discuss the newly published ‘Te Kaimanawa Ora’; a Marae Food Safety Guide which provides step-by-step guidance on procedures to keep kai safe while maintaining its sanctity from a tikanga Māori perspective.

1.15pm Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hine, Tui Shortland, Researcher. To discuss their iwi based research that has built the capacity of the Runanga to monitor the health of their shellfish.

1.45pm           Kapu ti/Wa whakataa

2pm                FOMA, Simon Phillips, Policy and Business Development Manager. Will provide an overview of the FOMA membership from a food perspective and will showcase the members that are leading the way in their respective fields.

2.30pm           MAF Maori Strategy Unit, Lisa Kanawa, Senior Advisor, MAF. Stocktake Project: Realising Productivity Gains from Māori Land

3pm                Whakarapopoto/Karakia

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