SpeakersiHemp Summit, Mac's Function Centre, Wellington, 4th, 5th & 6th July 2018
MC & Speaker
Mack is enthusiastic regarding the next generation of folk entering the ihemp industry and sincerely hopes MoH can be persuaded to view ihemp as exactly what it is, an economic opportunity. Mack has been growing and refining his NZ genetic cultivars of ihemp in Tawanui (bottom SE corner SI) since 2004. Mack considers himself an idealist “Greenie persistent lobbyist, ideas person and motivator”. He is a strong believer in the “little people/primary producers“.
Greg is excited to support and be part of the inaugural iHemp Summit and looks forward to joining the event in July.
At the Summit we will hear how iHemp is a sustainable source of food, fiber and medicine and how this can become part of your future business plans. Learn about the past, what is happening in the present and hear from experts about the potential for the future. This is a brand new primary industry for New Zealand and with your involvement we will make it a success.
Andrew has led Midlands involvement in the hemp seed supply chain in both New Zealand and Australia, and this involvement dates back to the companies first hemp seed harvest in 2002.
During this time, Midlands has researched, developed and implemented vertical integration for locally grown hemp crops. This has also included actively lobbying with government to develop legislation for hemp production in New Zealand, and more recently legislation for the sale of hemp foods in New Zealand and Australia.
The development of this New Zealand hemp seed industry by Midlands has been secured alongside the development of a wider range of specialty oilseeds and superfoods for health for domestic and export markets. This means that Andrew brings a wealth of experience on crop production, processing technology, product development, and the marketing and sales of nutritional ingredients, that can now be applied to the local production and global distribution of New Zealand hemp products.
Andrew joined Deloitte in 1986 and his experience includes postings with our member firms in London, Poland, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.
Andrew also has a wide experience in investigation, project management and advisory work performed in connection with outsourcing, feasibility studies, business change and planning in the public and private sectors.
He is the Chair of Craigmore Farming, one of New Zealand’s largest corporate farmers, and recently appointed a director of Craigmore Dairy II GP Limited, a board member of Taratahi Agriculture training, NZ’s largest agriculture training organisation, and an advisor to the board of Baker and Associates. Andrew has recently been appointed Chair of Henergy Cage-Free Eggs, a barn-raised egg production in the Wairarapa. In addition, he sits on a number of programme boards for large complex assignments in the agriculture sector including several primary growth partnership programmes.
Wayne is a professional director and trustee. He is involved in several Iwi and Maori businesses. Including chairing his Wellington iwi’s post settlement entity. He is director of the Wellington Regional Economic Agency (WREDA), Genomics Aotearoa, NZ Festival Trust, Anagenix Group, Midland Regional Health Charitable Trust and is the chair, of a Taranaki based Maori health entity, Tui Ora Limited. He is a shareholder in and advisor to HoneyLab.
Wayne’s passion is creativity and building new business models that will see less reliance on commodities. He is chairman and shareholder of NUKU ki te Puku™, a collective of 7 Maori entities (with 14 companies behind it) that have co-invested. NUKU ki te Puku™ brings together, scientists, investors, land owners, technologists and marketers. This collaboration is launching plant-based nutrition products.
Bryan’s background is in regulation across a range of industries. He spent 2 years with Aurizon Network in Brisbane and 10 years in leadership roles within Telecom. He has also held various positions with The Treasury, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand Employment Service, and Department of Internal Affairs.
He is responsible for the MPI’s regulatory activities and functions across the food safety, biosecurity, and primary production systems (including animal welfare).
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and was recently awarded the R J Scott Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 patents and has more than 2000 citations.
Owner & Chairman
New Zealand Government
Steven is the co-founder of Newnham Park Innovation Centre in Tauranga (NZ), which hosts eight local export award winning independent companies predominately in the food sector, a major stakeholder in the Kiwifruit Industry, an active Angel investor, a Director of many privately-owned companies and tech startups, an elected member of the executive board for Priority One (driving economic growth in the Bay of Plenty, NZ), independent director Lincoln Hub, Agrigate, Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and founding shareholder and Director of Rockit Global Limited. Steven is an active member of the Te Hono Stanford Business School Alumni, Nuku Ki Te Puku (Māori food and beverage cluster) and Te Tiro Toi Whakangao (Māori tech cluster). Steven is a founder, shareholder and Director of “WNT Ventures” tech incubator and a founding member of PlantTech, Tauranga (NZ) recently awarded Regional Research Institute, a Private sector – Government initiative.
Damien’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector. Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a Minister in both the fifth and sixth Labour Governments, and Spokesperson in Opposition for a variety of roles, including Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Tourism, Immigration and Health.
Damien is an active sportsman and represented Buller at athletics. He has won West Coast Young Farmer of the Year and enjoys sports including skiing, white water rafting, jet boating, motorsports and playing rugby for the New Zealand Parliamentary Team.
Senior Forensic Toxicologist
Director of Operations
But prior to that, for 14 years, she was part of the illicit drugs group of DSIR/ESR analysing exhibits from police seizures. This was back in the 1980s when cannabis was a major drug of concern for the police. With research experience in the areas of the potency of cannabis and cannabis product in New Zealand, she was involved in discussions with MOH and Police prior to hemp being allowed to be grown in NZ. She also analysed the hemp grown in the first few years to determine the THC levels. More recently Dr Poulsen has been part of a committee evaluating the impact of hemp seed based foods on roadside oral fluid testing.
ESR has developed methods for extracting cannabinoids from various matrices, looking at levels of THC, CBD and CBG and their acid forms.
Jeff was the Manitoba provincial contact regarding hemp agronomy and was the project lead for Hemp research trials in Manitoba. Jeff and the Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation have been involved in Hemp research since it was legalized in 1998. Jeff’s current focus with HGI continues to be the lead in Hemp research both in Canada and abroad, along with Managing the Pedigreed seed production program, seed sales, production contracting and actively farming with his brother in law in Hemp seed production.
Jeff studied Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, business at Athabasca University, is a member of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and a Certified Crop Adviser. Jeff’s presentation “Hemp Agronomy 101” will cover results of his 19 years of experience in hemp production as a research agronomist, consultant and farmer.
Panapa Ehau and Manu Caddie
Founder & CEO
Panapa Ehau is a co-owner in a number of Māori land blocks in the ancestral estate of Te Papa Tipu o Uepohatu. With more than two decades of business experience in housing development, environmental services and social enterprise, Panapa is focused on developing sustainable inter-generational economic pathways that utilise and enhance local natural resources. Panapa is a co-founder of Hikurangi Enterprises, the charitable company established as a job creation and economic development venture for the East Coast and oversees local landowner and grower relationships for Hikurangi Cannabis Company.
For 20 years Phil has been developing Hemp varieties viable for latitudes, 40 to the tropics. Phil’s team has amassed the world’s most diverse cannabis genetic seed bank – models for co-operative farming systems – new processing systems – markets for hemp food, fibre products and cannabinoid now used in the USA, and South America and Australia. In 2014, Phil received the first DEA pre-approved permit to import hemp seed into the US in over 80 years.
Having been involved in the hemp business in Australia and China, Europe, and the Americas, Phil’s understanding hemps politics, legislation and technical capabilities is unique in the world. Phil has written for and co-authored many professional journals and publications on Hemp. His depth of knowledge of this industry makes him one of few hemp industry architects globally.
Medical Research Fellow
The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) is an independent medical research organisation and is a charitable trust. It has become internationally recognised as New Zealand’s leading independent medical research organisation, with a particular focus on undertaking medical studies that have the potential to lead to improvements in clinical management. The MRINZ enjoys strong collaborations within New Zealand and internationally, and has had multiple innovative articles published in high impact journals.
The most recent research programme to be developed is the medical cannabis programme. This programme aims to undertake Phase I trials to provide tolerability and pharmacokinetic data for two New Zealand grown and manufactured pharmaceutical grade cannabis/hemp medicines. This data is essential for determining the dosing schedules for the subsequent Phase II clinical trials of the products which will be undertaken. Based on a global collaboration, the MRINZ is well positioned to conduct Phase I to III clinical trials in a range of diseases where therapeutic potential exists.
Jo is a Research Agronomist by trade and has over 20 years’ experience in applied agronomic research trialling for grain and seed production in more than 30 species. Jo has been the R&D Manager for Midlands for the past 13 years, every year of which Industrial Hemp trials or productions have been conducted. Jo’s work aims to produce Best Crop Management guidelines covering all aspects of crop production for growers. Jo has published peer review papers with the likes of the Agronomy Society of NZ, NZ Plant Protection and the American Phytopathology Society. Jo is currently Vice President of the Agronomy Society of NZ after being Treasurer for several years.
Senior Research Engineer
Dr Tallon’s research team at Callaghan Innovation has a comprehensive pilot development facility, including extensive experience in the use of supercritical fluid extraction and related technologies for producing medicinal extracts and concentrates.
Anna is an advocate for using technology throughout the value chain to lift New Zealand products out of commodity markets.
NZ Hemp Brokers
Chris has a very personal link with the difference cannabinoids naturally found in hemp plants can make when added to a nutritional diet. He began learning about hemp in 2011 to help a close friend manage Chron’s Disease. At that stage it was just a hobby, but things changed in 2015 when he received a phone call from his mother advising him that his sister had been diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia and given just two weeks to live. She undertook chemo and a bone marrow transplant immediately, saving her life, but she had a long road to recovery ahead of her. Chris suggested she use hemp as a supplemental food to aid her recovery but at the time he found it difficult to articulate the benefits to many the doctors and nurses involved in her care.
This experience challenged Chris, and he vowed to learn more so he could explain the benefits of hemp in a way doctors would understand. He traveled the world attending seminars, courses and expos to meet with and learn from the world’s leading experts in cannabinoid research. He gained an understanding of the endocannabinoid System found in all vertebrates and the ability of cannabinoids to strengthen neuropathic pathways and aid the brain in maintaining homeostasis. Chris obtained a license to grow, trade in and process industrial hemp and was able to convince his sister of the benefits of hemp as a functional food, aiding her recovery and helping her to continue living a happy life.
Chris is now recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost cannabis and hemp innovators and educators. In 2017 he was part of a team educating doctors at the NZ Medical Association’s General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition events in Rotorua and Christchurch. He took part in the NZ Hemp Industry Association’s 2016 Hemp Awareness Week and toured New Zealand for two months the same year to run a roadshow for farmers and other people interested in hemp’s economic, nutritional, health and environmental potential.
Miriana was born in Motueka and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (NZ History) and a Law Degree. She was awarded the 2016 Aotearoa NZ Māori Woman Business Leader award in recognition of outstanding success and excellence in business.
Miriana is currently a director of Aotahi which is a Māori-owned and managed business that specialises in developing and managing educational programmes in the areas of small business and money management for communities throughout Aotearoa. She is also a director for Wakatū Incorporation (Wakatū), its subsidiaries and various committees. She is currently coordinating the innovation and research & development programme across the group of Wakatū to create a people, land and water wellness framework as well as a portfolio of food and ingredient applications with scientifically validated health benefits which are aligned with consumer demand and Te Pae Tāwhiti, the 500 year intergenerational plan of Wakatū.
Miriana is a trustee on Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rarua, and the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa NZ. She is also a member of Nuku ki te Puku (a national Māori Food and Beverage cluster), the MPI Primary Sector Council, an assessor on the MBIE Endeavour Fund Impact Panel and an alumni of Te Hono (NZ agribusiness leaders).
Innovation Liberation Front
In 2018, 2017 and 2016 he was listed in Intangible Asset Management magazine’s IAM Strategy 300 – the World’s Leading IP Strategists.
He believes that like the morphine poppy industry (which went to Tasmania in the 1950’s), that New Zealand is likely to miss out being a part of what is projected to be a $NZ75 billion world industry by 2025!!!
Director Protection, Regulation and Assurance
Ministry of Health
Anne’s career has focused largely on business development and science commercialisation activities for organisations such as Creative HQ (Wellington’s business incubator), the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and Izon Science Ltd, a nanotechnology start-up. She has also successfully run her own business providing marketing, business development and strategic consulting services for science and high tech sectors.
Having gained a BSc from the University of Canterbury, Anne completed Honours at the Australian National University, and a PhD in Physics at MacQuarie University. She has also studied at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and worked in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Stewart’s experience within the Ministry of Health demonstrates he is an articulate advocate of pragmatic risk management. Stewart has a unique perspective on the cultural, ethical, linguistic and political challenges that face regulators and public health officials when communicating about risk and risk management.
Stewart has been directly involved in dealing with complex public health issues such as the New Zealand response to Ebola, and other major public health and regulatory issues relating to medicines and medical device safety, tobacco control, water fluoridation and rheumatic fever. Internationally, Stewart is one of the Western Pacific’s representatives on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization and is Chair of the General Assembly of SNOMED CT International – the International Standards Organisation that developed the standardised medicines and medical devices terminology used in New Zealand and over 30 other countries.
She practised as a solicitor until 2000 when she diversified into governance & strategy consultancy. She works with private companies, government and non-government organisations. She has significant experience in the design, start-up and development of organisations, strategy formulation and implementation as well as governance. Carmelle has significant governance and strategy expertise in relation to non-profit organisations. She has held governance roles within and worked with numerous non-profit NGOs.
Since 1996, Carmelle has advised Maori and Iwi organisations on how to build tribal frameworks that will ensure good governance, build long term strategy for, and ensure the longevity of collectively held assets.
Carmelle currently works part-time in Lincoln University’s Business Development Team: helping to create long term education pathways for Maori and other students in land-based activities.
Carmelle is an independent director of Christchurch based Maori trade cooperative Te Kaihanga Coop.
Director of Business Innovation & Strategy
Lecturer & Researcher
Western Sydney University
Dr Davidson has been a co-investigator for studies on worker health and wellbeing on U.S. and Australian dairy farms at the High Plains Intermountain Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, as well as studies on worker exposure to inhalable biological aerosols including bacteria, virus, fungi and endotoxin.
Cameron Sims, Founder of Plant Culture – Premium hemp seed food company, host of the pop up hemp based restaurant, specialist in hemp seed recipe development. We are targeting mainstream b2b and b2c customers to selling hemp seed into retail, food service, food manufacturing.
His creative leadership has played a pivotal role in the success of co-founded enterprise/social movement – Organic Mechanic (established 2013) which has grown to become a leader in the health & wellness collective in Aotearoa.
Being actively involved in the Cannabis/Hemp movement, Graedon founded Hemp For Victory in 2014 to help to educate people about Hemp’s many different uses and applications – in particular it’s positive contribution to human nutrition and environmental regeneration.
In 2017 he co-founded Aro Hemp Aotearoa (ARO HA) which is a sponsor of the 2018 NZ Hemp Summit Event.
Director – Corporate Finance
My career has been at the nexus of public policy and politics. I have developed, led and negotiated policy across a range of social and economic portfolios as a former Prime Ministerial senior advisor. I now assist clients with strategies, policies, analysis and decision-making driving New Zealand’s public sector.
It’s been one heck of a ride since the days where I’d drive around Christchurch in my little van to distribute cookies to glass jars on dairy counters! Since then, I’ve created One Square Meal which has become New Zealand’s favourite fully balanced meal in a bar, and more recently, I’ve launched Nutrient Rescue: a company which helps people get more micronutrients from plants.
But my focus now is much bigger than just building businesses. I want to build a better New Zealand and I’d love and appreciate your help.
Hemp International Australia
Hemp Technologies Global
Bob holds a Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons). He was the inaugural Chair of Paterson and Allyn Valley Landcare, a former President and current Committee member of Gresford District Landcare Group and a previous member of the NSW Landcare Working Group (Ministerial appointment). Bob is current President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance. Bob, Susan and their adult children operate a beef cattle/horse agistment enterprise on ‘Eden Vale’ at Vacy, with over 400 head of cattle and 20 horses. Their grandchildren are eighth generation on the farm. The Doyles first grew industrial hemp in 2009.
Together with Greg Flavall and Rob Eady we have been pioneering the construction of Hemp Houses in New Zealand.
My own background has been residential, commercial, and industrial real estate after completing a Diploma in Urban Valuation at Auckland Architecture School. I saw the light some fourteen years ago, and moved to Taranaki for a lifestyle change and retirement. Presently I am bringing up two young boys to men in Opunake on the Surf Highway 45, coastal Taranaki.
For the last five years I have been a “walking and talking” billboard for Hemp products from super foods, homes, and construction to industrial landscaping.