Māori partner with agbio leaders to drive growth through science
WELLINGTON 31st July: The
Federation of Māori Authorities says supporting the world’s top
agricultural biotechnology conference being held in Rotorua in
September is an opportunity to connect its members with the best minds
in the business.
Federation has come on board as a Platinum sponsor of ABIC
(Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference) 2012, which will
bring industry leaders, researchers and scientists, investors and
policy makers from around the world to New Zealand.
ABIC 2012 is hosted by NZBIO, the New Zealand biotechnology industry association.
Federation of Māori Authorities represents New Zealand businesses with
a combined asset base valued at NZ$8 billion, much of which comes from
interests in seafood, forestry, dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and
chief executive Te Horipo Karaitiana says the conference presents an
exciting opportunity for the Federation to grow and advance Māori-owned
agri-business through sharing science and biotechnology knowledge and
have a saying that ‘with your basket of knowledge and ours, the people
will prosper’ and our Federation sees this conference as a step in that
science, the Māori economy will grow, so it is vital that the
Federation, as the largest network of Māori businesses, is a key player
in this conference.”
Mr Karaitiana says Māori also have much to offer international guests attending ABIC 2012.
will bring a unique element to the discussion because of our cultural
and environmental values where taking care of the land that we operate
businesses on is just as important as making a profit.”
NZBIO Chief Executive Dr Suzanne Bertrand has welcomed the Federation’s involvement in ABIC 2012.
is an extremely positive confirmation that Māori agbiotech business
will be playing an integral role in the development of the future
them on board is enlarging our knowledge base and allowing us to have
an all-encompassing view of the industry,” Dr Bertrand said.
ABIC 2012 takes place from 2 – 6 September and its theme is Adapting to a Changing World. The Ministry of Science and Innovation is a major sponsor of the event.
To view the programme for ABIC 2012, visit: www.abic2012.com/index.cfm/programme/
Renee Ritete, Federation of Māori Authorities Tel +64 27 238 8110
Katherine Edmond, ABIC 2012 Tel+64 27 274 0465
first ABIC conference was held in Canada in 1996 and in 1998 the ABIC
Foundation was set up to ensure the continued success of ABIC meetings.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation overseen by a board of
directors with representation from several countries and based in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Its goal is to ensure ongoing opportunities
for continuous learning and networking within the agbiotech community
through the annual Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference.
ABIC conferences are held on a four year rotation in the following
regions: Europe/Africa/Middle East; Asia Pacific; United
States/Canada/Mexico; and South America.
is a vibrant member-based organisation focused on growing New Zealand’s
prosperous bioeconomy. With hundreds of individual and corporate
members from across agbiotech, human health, industrial and
environmental and food bioscience, NZBIO plays a leading role in
providing practical support for companies to grow. NZBIO’s
activities include member events, seminars and conferences, policy
advocacy, national and international outreach and promotion. Our
membership base ranges from start up bioscience companies, to mature
corporates and major multinationals. We also represent New
Zealand research institutes and universities, specialist service
professionals, corporate, institutional, individual and student members
from New Zealand and around the world.
is an important voice of the New Zealand bioscience sector informing
policy makers, enabling collaboration and investment, showcasing New
Zealand’s capability to the world and demonstrating how biosciences can
contribute to societal, economic and environmental challenges.
About the Federation of Māori Authorities
Federation of Māori Authorities is a voluntary, member-based
organisation which represents a nationwide membership of 150 Māori
trust boards, iwi settlement bodies and Māori land entities. The
Federation is the peak industry body of the Māori economic sector. With
an estimated collective asset base of $8 billion, its members are major
contributors to the New Zealand economy, with significant interests in
seafood, forestry, dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture, property,
energy and investments. The Federation’s mission is enabling
sustainable economic prosperity for its members, its communities and
New Zealand by facilitating Māori economic growth through the
utilisation of natural, human and financial capital. Its core business
is advocacy and influence for their members.
About the Ministry of Science and Innovation
Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) has an exciting and ambitious
mandate to coordinate and harness the scientific and innovative
capability of New Zealand. MSI has a strong enabling and
connecting role across the government, business and science sectors
within New Zealand and a role in building New Zealand’s international
profile as a smart country. By increasing collaborations and
connections, MSI aims to create an environment where cutting-edge
science and innovation can flourish.
a major supporter of New Zealand's Bio sector, MSI is proud to support
the 2012 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference