An­gela Clif­ford re­ports on big changes at the third Con­ver­sa­tioNZ Symposium

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Symposium, held on the fi­nal day of Visa Welling­ton on a Plate, brought to­gether some of the great­est thinkers in New Zealand food to lis­ten to the likes of Ben Shewry, owner/chef of At­tica in Mel­bourne; Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-win­ning food critic for the Los An­ge­les Times; and a fas­ci­nat­ing line-up of home-grown speak­ers.

The day be­gan with the big an­nounce­ment by move­ment founder Gi­ulio Sturla that Con­ver­sa­tioNZ was chang­ing its name to Eat New Zealand. “This bet­ter re­flects our goals: a com­mit­ment to en­cour­ag­ing the world to eat New Zealand, to ex­plore our food cul­ture, give re­spect to the food we have and build a sus­tain­able fu­ture,” he said.

This was fol­lowed by the news that Eat New Zealand will be work­ing with the NZ Res­tau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion, af­ter the two groups were col­lec­tively awarded tourism fund­ing to build a dig­i­tal plat­form for New Zealand food.

The symposium in­cluded a panel chaired by Cui­sine editor Kelli Brett that raised some fas­ci­nat­ing per­spec­tives on what a recipe for fu­ture suc­cess might look like. Food HQ founder and former Massey vice-chan­cel­lor Steve Ma­harey pre­sented his case for New Zealand to be­come a “food na­tion”, while KPMG Agribusi­ness Agenda com­men­ta­tor Vanessa Nelmes ex­posed some of the fu­ture trends in food, The

Lis­tener’s Lau­raine Ja­cobs chal­lenged us to be­come the first waste-free food na­tion, and Richard Hall from Kai Pasi­fika asked, “Why isn’t New Zealand all about food tourism?”.

Fur­ther thoughts from the day were cap­tured by Stone Soup Syndicate and can be viewed on the Eat New Zealand Face­book and In­sta­gram pages (@Eat.NewZealand).

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