2021 Nuffield Biennial Conference

For All Nuffield Alumni and their Partners

Keynote speaker:

Sir Peter Gluckman

Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZ FRS heads Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures (www.informedfutured.org) in the University of Auckland.

He is also chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) and President-elect of the International Science Council (ISC).  From 2009-2018 he was first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Ministers of New Zealand.

He trained as a pediatrician and biomedical scientist, publishing over 700 papers and several academic and popular books in animal science, developmental physiology, growth and development and evolutionary biology and evolutionary medicine. He co-chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

Sir Peter has written and spoken extensively on science-policy, science-diplomacy and science-society interactions. He co-authored the Environment is Now and The Future of Food and the Primary Sector reports released by Koi Tū in 2020. He co-leads the International Covid -scenarios project if the ISC.

In 2016 he received the AAAS award in Science Diplomacy. He holds a Distinguished University Professorship in the University of Auckland, New Zealand and honorary chairs at the University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore.

Featured events

Conference programme

Thursday 27 May 2021

4pm – 7 pm
Conference registrations

Friday 28 May 2021

Conference opened by Chair, Andrew Watters


2018 Nuffield Scholars presentations
Morning tea


Trip to the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Emily Court (GM) to speak on “How does an organisation like Pukaha Mt Bruce help other sectors with biodiversity, environmental management, climate change and food security.”



Wairere Station visit. (Derek Daniell – Farm owner)

Topic: Internationalisation of a Wairarapa hill country farm.

Discussion on hill country farming, genetics, wind farms and alternative land use opportunities.


Cocktail function at Copthorne Solway Park


Panel forum with:
Kiri Hannifin, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Health and Safety, Food Safety, Quality & Sustainability, Countdown

Prof. Dorian Garrick, School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University

Dr Keith Woodford, Honorary Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University

Topic: In 30 years, what does the future of the agri-food sector look like and how can we be change agents to achieve this vision?”,


Buffet dinner – Copthorne Solway Park

Saturday 29 May 2021

2019 Nuffield Scholar presentations
Morning tea
2020 & 2021 Nuffield Scholar insights from their recent tour of New Zealand


NZ Rural Leaders Strategy Presentation – Chris Parsons, CEO, NZ Rural Leaders

Lunch break

Visit to Guscotts, Glen Eden Farms Ltd
“Another Wairarapa property with an international brand”


Drive by Martinborough vineyards, ending at Martinborough Town Hall.

Clive and Ali Paton will give a talk about the history of the Ata Rangi Vineyard

Showcase of Martinborough wines and Wairarapa sourced canapes


7.15  pm

Buffet dinner at the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel

Keynote speaker: Sir Peter Gluckman


Dancing and live music featuring The Noodles

Sunday 30 May 2021


Nuffield New Zealand AGM


Rural Leadership forum hosted by Chris Parsons, CEO NZ Rural Leadership Trust


Conference concludes.

For those who wish to take part, there is also an optional Sunday afternoon walk to the Rocky Point Lookout, en route to Mt Holdsworth (2 hour return trip).

Registration & accommodation

Conference registration is $390.00 (GST inclusive) per person. Partners are welcome.

Thursday 27 May - Sunday 30 May

Nuffield accommodation rates:
Book your stay by phoning (06) 370 0500 using group reference number #71062.
Room rate $155.00/night.