Committee for Canterbury partners with the Canterbury Mayoral Forum Food and Fibre Innovations Project


Tēnā koutou,

As we write the words for this newsletter, we are all weighed down by the tragedy of last Friday and the losses, pain and suffering of our community. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all. At the same time, we reflect even deeper on the specific principles and values of inclusivity, diversity and tolerance that underpin the Committee, and that bring us all together, taking us forward. Interestingly, these same themes are very evident in the words of Tā Tipene O’Regan that we share later in the newsletter.

We believe that the months ahead will be an interesting time for all Cantabrians, and for the role of the Committee for Canterbury. Firstly, signs of economic challenge are evident as construction and infrastructure spending retracts from high earthquake induced levels. Secondly, global markets and export opportunities are troubled by uncertainties. Thirdly, we’re approaching the 2019 local council elections, and the associated distractions and ramifications that result. Whilst these economic and business points may seem somewhat less than positive, we are also buoyed by what we have seen as the growing strength of the Committee for network in Australia, following a collaboration meeting last week in Ballarat. The growing strength of their members, and their success in business and social initiatives was impressive.

In this environment, Committee for Canterbury will continue to driven by our Canterbury wide vision of shared prosperity for all, and to advocate for the debate and discussion on key issues.

Ngā mihi, 

Garry Jackson, Chief Executive
Gill Cox, Chair


Committee for Canterbury partners with the Canterbury Mayoral Forum Food and Fibre Innovations Project 

In late 2018 communications, we referred briefly to the potential for Committee for Canterbury to become involved with the Mayoral Forum’s developing Food and Fibre strategy. The background for this strategy traces back to the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy (CREDS), spearheaded particularly by Dame Margaret Bazley, then chair of the CMF. Under Dame Margaret’s leadership, a number of specific and substantial workstreams were identified, and commenced. One of these focussed on improving productivity and high value manufacturing across Canterbury’s agricultural sector.

Fast forward to today, and this CMF initiative has been refined through an extensive workshop process into the Food and Fibre Innovations Project, guiding and preparing the region’s food and fibre sector towards 2050.

Within this Project, and at the CMF’s invitation, Committee for Canterbury has signed into a partnership with the Food and Fibre Innovations Project, whereby the partners will collaborate and participate to:

  • Build a cadre of food and fibre leaders capable of guiding success for the sector towards 2050.

  • Focus leaders on building economic well being to achieve the CREDS vision of “a region making the most of its natural advantages to build a strong, innovative economy with resilient, connected communities and a better way of life for all”.

  • Establish support mechanisms for emerging food and fibre leaders to grow and succeed in a future environment of increasing change, complexity, and uncertainty.

We’re excited about the partnership, its alignment with the vision and values of CfC, and the role we can play. Interesting, and exciting times! More information will be shared as we move forward.


Tā Tipene O’Regan’s challenge to us all

We are particularly moved and inspired by the presentation made by Ta Tipene at the Ngai Tahu Treaty Commemoration Hui at Ōnuku Marae on Waitangi Day February 6, to the extent that we have included a link to it in its entirety.

You might have seen the brief clips and excerpts in the February 6 news, but the considered thought and insights and the wisdom that pervades the presentation deserve greater exposure and appreciation.

From a Committee for Canterbury perspective, two of our striking impressions are the parallel reinforcement of inclusivity in everything we do (we are one community in an increasingly diverse world), and importance of understanding our history and principles as a foundation for the future, however much that same future will pose new challenges.

Enjoy, absorb Tā Tipene’s wisdom, and share!


Committee for Canterbury & Trees That Count Seminar: April 30

This extremely topical seminar event is being jointly organised and facilitated by the Committee for Canterbury and Trees that Count, which is a programme of the Project Crimson Trust funded by the Tindall Foundation.

Confirmed speakers to date are Adele Fitzpatrick, the CEO of Trees that Count and Ann Smith the CEO of Enviro-Mark Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, and the leading provider of environmental certification in New Zealand.

The seminar will address the current situation, whereby...

  • There is increasing interest in, and initiatives underway, in forest plantings for carbon credits

  • Present plantings range from rotation plantings to permanent forests, ranging from exotic to indigenous

  • There are a variety of players and influencers in the regeneration and biodiversity fields, including councils, trusts, conservation organisations etc

  • Across the various activities there appears to be little coordination and integrated thinking. The Provincial Growth Fund process possibly encourages initiatives to go it alone, rather than taking a strategic a coordinated approach.

  • There is a huge opportunity to achieve closer alignment between carbon offsetting/farming
    and biodiversity objectives and initiatives, and Canterbury could be a leader

Seminar outcomes will target increased alignment across the sector, the pooling on knowledge and sharing of best practice, and the pursuit of increased synergies and shared success.

Further detail will follow in a detailed invitation to attend mail-out. Any members who want to ensure they are on the invitation mailing list should email Garry.

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