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Sustainable Protein : Healthy People & Planet

  • Tai Tapu Community Centre 722 Old Tai Tapu Road (Rhodes Park) Tai Tapu, Canterbury New Zealand (map)
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Dinner plates across the world are evolving as conscious consumers are thinking about the impact their choices are having on the planet. As habits shift and environmental challenges present themselves, what is our role as food consumers, growers and producers? Stressors on our current food system are increasing as we look ahead to feed close to 10 billion people by 2050. What is the “right” food to eat if you prioritise sustainability? What will a dinner plate look like in 2050? How do we produce enough food whilst achieving our national sustainability goals and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?  

We will explore this hot topic and what steps we can take to co-create a healthy world. The panellists will challenge the audience to consider the future of food through the lens of government, food production and plant-based versus an omnivorous diet. Bring your questions and curiosity for an event bound to make you think before the next time you eat. 


Please click following links to access;

Rod Oram (slides)

Caryn Zinn (slides)

Maury Leyland Penno (slides)

Wednesday 29th May
8.45am - 11.00am
Tai Tapu Community Centre


8.45am : Breakfast and networking

9.15am : Welcome and Introduction

9.30am : Opening address and keynote presentations

10:10am : Panel Discussion

10.30am : Interactive Q&A session with Audience

10.50am : Wrap up and closing remarks

11.00am : Event finishes, book signing with Suzy Amis Cameron


The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Dame Patsy Reddy was born in Matamata and moved to Hamilton when she was six, completing her schooling at Hillcrest Primary School, Peachgrove Intermediate and Hamilton Girls High School. Dame Patsy went to Victoria University of Wellington where she studied for a law degree.

She has had extensive experience in governance and consulting roles, both in the private and public sector. In addition to Air New Zealand and Sky City Entertainment she has served as a non-executive director of Telecom Corporation, Southern Petroleum and New Zealand Post. Other governance roles include Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, Deputy Chair of New Zealand Transport Agency, Chair of Education Payroll Ltd and independent director of Payments NZ Ltd. She has also served as a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and as a member of the Risk and Assurance Committee for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Major consulting roles have included as an Independent Reviewer (with Sir Michael Cullen) of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand, Independent Facilitator of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity, Senior Reviewer for Performance Improvement Framework Reviews of government agencies, and as a Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru.

Dame Patsy has also had significant involvement in governance of creative and charitable organisations, including as Trustee of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and Sky City Community Trust. She was a founding Trustee and advisory board member for New Zealand Global Women and has chaired the Board of the New Zealand Film Archive.

In 2014 she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) for services to the arts and business.

Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne and they divide their time between Wellington and the Wairarapa. Her interests include the arts in all forms - but especially film, the visual arts and opera - gardening, cooking and her miniature poodle, Coco.


Rod Oram, MC

Business journalist Rod Oram contributes weekly to Newsroom, Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, and innovation. Rod is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, which brings together people from here and abroad who seek to contribute to global change from Aotearoa.

 In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year. In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his Newsroom columns.

 Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Ākina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.


Suzy Amis Cameron

A noted environmental advocate, author and mom of five, Suzy Amis Cameron is focused on plant-based food solutions to address climate change. She is the author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health and Save the Planet and the founder of the OMD Movement to transform eating habits and the food system. In 2005, she founded MUSE School CA, with her sister, Rebecca Amis. MUSE is the first school in the U.S. to be solar powered, zero waste, with an organic, plant-based lunch program. Based on MUSE’s pedagogy and curriculum, MUSE Global is franchising the model worldwide. In 2012, she founded Plant Power Task Force, focused on showing the impact of animal agriculture on climate change, with her husband James Cameron. Suzy and her husband have also founded Verdient Foods in Canada and Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics in New Zealand, along with OMD Foods, a vertically-integrated seed-to-fork food company. In 2009, she launched Red Carpet Green Dress, showcasing sustainable and ethical fashion annually at the Academy Awards. Suzy has produced documentaries, including The Game Changers, a film on world-class, plant-based athletes. As an actor, she was featured in more than 25 films, including The Usual Suspects and Titanic.

Suzy would be delighted to sign books at the end of the event. Please purchase prior and bring your book to the event. Books can be purchased online here. 

Maury Leyland

 Maury has a passion for working with organisations that have the potential to bring change that is good for Aotearoa New Zealand.

 She has investments in, and is actively involved with, a number of privately held primary sector start-up businesses in areas including plant protein, nutrition and hops.  She is on the steering committee of Te Hono Movement, a major primary sector leadership initiative and is an active participant in various predator-free and forest restoration initiatives.

 She is on the board of Genesis Energy and is the chair of The Education Hub, a non-profit organisation focused on bridging the gap between research and practice in school level education.  Maury worked at Fonterra from 2005 until 2016 most recently as a member of the executive team in the role of Managing Director for People, Culture and Strategy. She also held leadership roles in risk and crisis management, supply chain management and for the listing of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund.  Maury has been a Director of Spark New Zealand and Transpower New Zealand. She is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

 Earlier in her career, Maury worked as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where she provided strategic and operational advice across many industries. She was with Team New Zealand as a member of the design team during the successful 1995 campaign. She has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Auckland.

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Dr. Caryn Zinn

Dr Caryn Zinn is a NZ Registered Dietitian and a Senior lecturer and researcher at AUT, with 23 years of experience in the nutrition and health industry. She has established herself globally as a leading dietitian and advocate of a whole-food, low carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF) nutrition approach for optimal health and disease prevention and management. She has co-authored four books as part of the What the Fat? Series, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Her research and clinical practice focus on the application of an integrative approach to metabolic health and sports performance.

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