5th Annual Future Farms Conference

Agritech, agrifood and innovation – unleashing the potential of the future farmer


Steve Maharey

Independent Director

Steve Maharey Ltd.

Steve Maharey is an independent director, commentator and consultant. He is an enthusiastic champion of New Zealand becoming a “Food Nation” - the world’s leading producer of premium food products. From 2008-2016 he was the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. From 1990-2008 he was a Member of Parliament and served as a Senior Government Minister for nine years holding a wide range of portfolios including Education, Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology and Social Development. He has served as a City Councillor. Earlier in his career he was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a Junior Lecturer in Business Administration. He is a frequently invited public speaker and appears regularly in all forms of media. He was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2008.

Terry Copeland

Chief Executive Officer

New Zealand Young Farmers

Terry Copeland is the CEO of NZ Young Farmers since October 2013, an important Primary Industries membership organisation with over 6500 members and 26 staff focused upon attracting, developing and retaining New Zealand’s best and brightest for the benefit and future growth in agriculture, horticulture, and other significant food and fibre based sectors. In addition, Terry was an inaugural board member for the Primary Industry Capability Alliance (Growing NZ) for 2 years to August 2016, and has previously held senior management positions in the wine industry, as well as being recognised as a notable international wine judge and communicator.

Andrew Sliper

General Manager - Commercial Development

Landcorp Farming

I currently head the Commercial Development division at Pāmu. We are responsible for leading much of the value-add strategy within Pāmu. My great team has a mixture of technical and commercial practitioners and stretches across the milk, meat, fiber product set, as well as new business development. I joined Pāmu in January 2016 after living in Melbourne, Australia where I was the Co-Head of the agricultural investment division of a European based, privately owned investment company. Earlier to this I spent time in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong with a multinational investment bank, eventually becoming the Head of the Agriculture Funds business in Asia. Both roles had me raising capital and investing into the agricultural sector in New Zealand, Australia and South America. Prior to these positions, I held finance roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I was born and bred in Wellington, then headed to the University of Otago to complete my bachelors and post-graduate qualifications. After being away for over 20 years, my wife and I have returned to Wellington with our two pre-school children.

Mavis Mullins


Poutama Trust

Mavis Mullins is one of New Zealand’s distinguished business and community leaders. Her extensive list of national awards, honours and accolades are testament to her governance excellence, her ability to connect people and her inspirational leadership. Her recent achievements include: 2017 Inductee NZ Business Hall of Fame 2017 Outstanding Maori Business Leader – Auckland University, 2017 Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016 Westpac Rural Woman of Influence, 2015 Maori Business Woman Leader Auckland University As a government and private sector governance leader, Mavis has amassed experience in a wide range of sectors from health, environment, agriculture, education and telecommunications and sport. At the heart of her success is her advocacy and commitment to Maori and Maori businesses, strong governance skills, deep personal integrity, strong sense of whanau and her common sense approach. Mavis is on a mission to increase diversity on boards to bring fresh and innovative approaches to strategic thinking that have been the hallmark of successful business. Mavis is also widely respected as a public speaker and thought leader, as she has an innate ability to understand the opportunities and challenges of the future.

Kieran McAnulty

Labour List MP based in the Wairarapa

Kieran McAnulty is a Labour List Member of Parliament based in Wairarapa. He is the Junior Government Whip, and a member of the Primary Production Select Committee. His parliamentary work reflects his strong commitment to regional New Zealand, and wish to see its rural communities and primary industries thrive. Kieran’s family have farmed in Wairarapa for generations. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Kieran worked as Economic Development Manager at the Masterton District Council and also working in the racing industry. Kieran is deeply involved in his community. He has been a volunteer firefighter, is a current board member of Wings over Wairarapa and Golden Shears and a trustee of the Masterton Community Trust.
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