DEFIN­ING THE CAUSE

Mem­bers of our food com­mu­nity share some thoughts on what New Zealand food means to them.

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“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

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