DEFINING THE CAUSE
Members of our food community share some thoughts on what New Zealand food means to them.
“What’s really important to me is that when I bite into a piece of meat, I have to know that animal has had a good life.” LIZ BUTTIMORE, ARBOUR
“If we had a ministry of food in New Zealand, I don’t think we’d be having a lot of these discussions. I think perhaps that’s the ultimate solution for New Zealand and a cause that ConversatioNZ could drive.” GREIG BUCKLEY, KAI FOODS
“I think if it tastes good and it’s produced locally, and it’s treated well and it’s been cooked well, then it’s New Zealand cuisine.” NALINI BARUCH, LOT EIGHT
“Vote with your dollar, go to your farmers’ market and meet them.” ALIESHA MCGILLIGAN, THE EXCHANGE
“Having food is a gift. We have the opportunity as creative people to put something on a plate that inspires people, that tells a story and gives honour to those raw ingredients.” LAURA VERNER, PASTURE
CUISINE IS PROUD to partner with ConversatioNZ, a collective of chefs, producers, food media and tourism and event operators that is all about the promotion of, and discussion around, New Zealand food. Here is what some of you had to say about what New Zealand food and ConversatioNZ mean to you. If you want to join the conversation, visit conversationz.co.nz or search ConversatioNZ on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
MANIFESTO: CULTURE, KNOWLEDGE, BIODIVERSITY, BALANCE, RESPECT, INNOVATION, AWARENESS, FELLOWSHIP, FUTURE, PRIDE, INTERCONNECTION
“Food is definitely emotions and memories, and connections with other people.” NIKITA KUSCHKE, HILLSIDE KITCHEN CELLAR
“In order for the farmers to change, we need the consumers to think ‘Hey, I don’t really want farming this way’. People have so much power – I think we forget that.” TESSA WILLIAMS, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
“There won’t be anyone who can’t talk about a food experience.” JENNIFER YEE COLLINSON, CULINARY JOURNEYS NZ
“New Zealand food isn’t necessarily a product, it’s an experience.” BEX DE PROSPO, ANTEATER
“To me the most important thing is preserving what we have, and improving what we have.” EMMA GALLOWAY, MY DARLING LEMON THYME