ExportNZ Breakfast

Join us to hear about the latest in sensing technology that is revolutionising the way farms can operate now and into the future. The exciting application of this sensing technology is a tangible example of IoT delivering real results. We'll also hear how innovative automation is solving problems and optimising processes in horticulture. 

Innovative agri-tech helps NZ farmers to produce better quality products, and Craig Piggott, CEO of Halter, has changed the game. Halter has designed and produced a GPS-enabled, solar-powered cow collar that uses sound stimuli to manage cow health and movement. Halter links tablets and Smartphones allowing farmers to direct individual cow or whole herd movements, while also monitoring individual cow health, and alerts farmers to any concerns. Winner of the Innovation Systems and Performance Improvement Award at the 2017 NZ Innovation Awards, and with Peter Beck as an investor and mentor, Craig and Halter are ones to watch.

Craig will cover:
- Taking sensor technology to the next level in Primary industries, backed by SA Venture Capital
- The Halter journey and why his product is so unique
- Attracting an investment partner
- What the future looks like

Robotics Plus Ltd emerged from the need to solve the growing challenges in the primary industry globally such as: labour shortages, sustainability for growers, pollination and yield security. Steve Saunders, Owner/Chairman of Robotics Plus, combined vision and industry knowledge with technical know-how when he met the then PhD candidate Alistair Scarfe. Their collective aim was to develop technology and capability with a focus on automated systems for horticulture to address the growing challenges in the industry. 

Steve will cover:
- Robotic, automated and autonomous – Bringing cutting edge science to traditional agricultural systems
- How Robotics Plus is using innovation and development keeping commercial success at the heart of strategy
- Bringing design, development and collaboration to the heart of what you do


Craig Piggott, CEO, Halter
Craig grew up working on my family’s Waikato dairy farm. In 2016, while he was completing his Mechanical Engineering degree, he took a role at the satellite launch company, Rocket Lab. In that role he saw technology being used to completely revolutionise an industry. He reflected on this, and that dairy – the industry he knew best – had seen little change since the advent of the milking machine. 

In 2016, Craig founded Halter – a company set on modernising the dairy industry and bringing the best of technology back to the farm. Halter has grown a team of 25 employees, whose work has received widespread recognition, investment from both New Zealand and American venture capitalists, and took home awards at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Craig is a finalist for the 2018 New Zealand Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award and EY Entrepreneur of the year award.

Steve Saunders, Owner/Chairman, Robotics Plus
Steven Saunders (Ngati Ranginui) has 34 years’ experience in the Horticultural and food sector and is the founder, owner and Managing Director of the Plus Group of companies, specialising in horticulture management consultancy, orchard ownership, global pollen production, Robotic development (Robotics Plus ltd), international ventures, applied technology, environmental research, innovation and science. 

Steven is the co-founder of Newnham Park Innovation Centre in Tauranga (NZ), which hosts eight local export award winning independent companies predominately in the food sector, a major stakeholder in the Kiwifruit Industry, an active Angel investor, a Director of many privately-owned companies and tech startups, an elected member of the executive board for Priority One (driving economic growth in the Bay of Plenty, NZ), independent director Lincoln Hub, Agrigate, Maori Economic Development Advisory Board and founding shareholder and Director of Rockit Global Limited.



Member Individual: $65 + GST     Member table of 8: $480 + GST
Non-Member Individual: $130 + GST   Non-Member table of 8: $960 + GST

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29/11/2018 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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