March 15th – 17th 2024

Ngawha Innovation Park, Northland

Welcome to Future Whenua Summit 2024!

Future Whenua Summit is a pan-sector event covering everything from regenerative agricultural practices to the cutting edge in technological innovation & the policies and research that underpin them all.

At FWS24 we’ll explore the critical topics of our time:

● How can we best steward our land in New Zealand?

● Who are the people and organisations working towards change?

● Deploying large-scale regenerative food and fibre systems.

● The tools and practises needed to help us towards this goal.

● How can humanity and nature flourish as partners?

● Igniting the significant collective action required of all of us.

Scroll down for all the info you need on speakers, schedules and how to sign up…

We're heading to Northland

This year, we’re excited to announce that Future Whenua Summit will be coming to you from Ngawha Innovation Park in beautiful Northland, a parallel province at the other end of the country from our Southland home base. 

A significant part of our focus is committed to transforming our farm into a facility that nurtures regenerative innovation & entrepreneurship so we couldn’t be more proud to partner with Ngawha Park who have already committed to revitalising a 1000-acre working farm, creating a hub for land-based activities in the far north.

Ngawha is enabling entrepreneurs to create both robust economic and ecological systems whilst showcasing a live demonstration of how regional hubs can empower local, steward-led economies. Serving as a compelling model that can be emulated throughout New Zealand & one we hope to see flourish as our own efforts grow.

The summit will be guided by the broad themes of innovation & biodiversity and our lineup of talks and workshops reflects key aspects of these topics. There will be a spectrum of high-level to grassroots, pragmatic ideas discussed and showcased.

We aim for the summit to leave a meaningful impression, inspiring deep reflections and lasting connections. We hope to see you at Future Whenua Summit 2024!

If you would like to discuss anything about the summit or our work in general please reach out!

Speakers Include

Huhana Lyndon

Victoria Hatton

Rod Oram

Liz Oliver

Daniel Eb

Mike Taitoko 

Future Farmers 

Klaus Lotz

Ko Waitangi te Awa Trust

Hokianga Collectives

Te Hiku Collective

Daniel Schuurman

Andrew Townsend

Eamon Nathan 

Weekend Flow

We ask everyone attending the event on Friday to be present for the Powhiri at 1 pm as an important part of the tikanga for the weekend.

Those who are staying at the A&P showgrounds may wish to arrive early to set up camp and settle in before heading over to Ngawha Park.

Powhiri at 1pm will mark the beginning of our weekend together and flow into a tour showcasing the Ngawha Park innovation facilities.

This will be followed by our opening talks where we will set the scene for the event and gain an ecological and cultural context for the weekend ahead.

On completion of Friday’s timetable, those who signed up for the shared dinner will head across the road to the Kaihoke A&P showgrounds for some delicious kai and a chance for further chats and connection.

Saturday will begin with breakfast and an embodiment exercise at the A&P Showgrounds at 8am before heading back to the Innovation Park.

The day will begin with a session dialing in on New Zealand’s current and potential food systems. We will hear from experts and participate in workshops learning about local initiatives and high level concepts that will affect all of us.

The schedule will leave plenty of space between formal talks for us to yarn with each other and ruminate on the content provided. All morning teas, lunch will be provided and we ask attendees to bring a plate in a classic kiwi potluck fashion of sharing and contribution for our afternoon tea on Saturday.

In the evening we will head back over to the showgrounds for a dinner together with some lite entertainment and space provided for emergent sharing from our participants.

Sunday’s content is all about Te Tai Tokerau. The people, projects, problems and solutions faced by the region. Sharing inspiration and a vision for a thriving future.

Morning Tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided to attendees.

We will finish with the closing panel summarising some of the themes from the weekend and lifting back to a higher level perspective. Content will be completed and people will be free to depart by 4 pm.

Attendance

To support our collective learning journey we have booked out the local Kaikohe A&P Showgrounds. Giving us the opportunity to continue our cross pollination of ideas as the day draws to a close, the conversation and connection can continue into the evening. 

If you would like to camp at the grounds with us at the A&P showgrounds ($20 per site). Please let us know in your attendance form. There are powered sites, and general campsites available. Showers, toilets and a dining hall are available.

If camping is unsuitable, Riverside Lodge is offering a 10% discount for those who are attending the summit https://riversidelodge.nz/ Alternatively you are more than welcome to suss your own accommodations for the weekend. 

If you are sleeping elsewhere you are still welcome to join us for kai and korero in the evening hours after the summit timetable has concluded. Again, just let us know in the attendance form so we can plan our catering needs.

 

See highlights of last year's event here