Winter Lectures 2012

The 2012 series brought together a range of people and perspectives. Great debates, commonalities and new knowledge from linking diversity.

1. Maori Values in Food Production Systems: Friday 3 August

Speaker: Dr Nick Roskruge, Massey University; Tahuri Whenua, Ngakaihautu Tikanga Taiao (Environmental Protection Agency)

How do whakapapa, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga relate to food production? Incorporating distinctly Maori perspectives on food production systems is part of a move to raise Maori economic output from Maori owned resources.

Nick, of Atiawa and Ngati Tama iwi (Taranaki) descent, is Kaiarahi Maori & Senior Lecturer at Massey University. He has a background in horticultural technology and cropping systems. Nau mai. Haere mai.

2. Sustainability – Tree Hugging or Common Sense?: 10 August 12 noon

Speaker: Graeme Norton, 3R Group, Sustainable Business Council for New Zealand

So what does sustainable development mean for NZ Inc and Hawke’s Bay in particular? Graeme Norton will give his perspective, throw some rocks in the pool and welcome debate.

Graeme is Executive Director of 3R Group, a local firm that operates nationally and links internationally in product stewardship. Graeme is also Vice Chair of the Sustainable Business Council for New Zealand. “Business as usual” is not an option in a world with increasingly constrained resources and a degrading environment.

3. Principles for Native Planting Projects: 17 August 12 noon

Speaker: Marie Taylor, Plant Hawke’s Bay

How do you choose plants for your Hawke’s Bay property? Which native species will thrive here? 13 of Marie’s 15 years working with QEII National Trust were based in Hawke’s Bay. This gave her a good working knowledge of the distribution of native species within Hawke’s Bay, and an understanding of how they fit into the landscape.

Marie will share her knowledge of rare and uncommon naturally occurring Hawke’s Bay plants.

4. The Keys to New Technology Adoption: 24 August 12 noon

Speaker: Dan Bloomer, Page Bloomer Associates

Why are some technologies rapidly adopted while others falter, despite offering major benefits? Some say farmers look over the fence, see a good idea and pick it up [Insert Beer Slogan here]. Dan believes differently.

Dan thinks 10% adoption indicates extension failure, and 20% take up will turn into 80% with minimal effort. The key for an entrepreneur or extension agent, salesman or tech developer is in understanding the different relationships people have with new technologies.

5. The Picture That Saves a Thousand …: 7 September 12 nooon

Speaker: Aaron Bryant, Infrared Solutions Ltd

Thermography allows us to see infrared radiation (heat) in the same way a digital camera sees light. From traditional applications of finding faults in electrical & mechanical systems, waterleak sources & heat loss surveys to new and developing fields such as imaging variation in plants, animals and low cost aerial applications this technology is seeing a myriad of applications evolving almost daily.

Seeing the diagnostic potential of thermography while living in Canada led Aaron Bryant to train as a certified thermographer. Aaron presents an introduction to the science of thermography and examples of current and future applications.

Previous series

2011 Lectures

2010 Lectures