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The NZHIA iHemp Investment & Discovery Tour: Christchurch

The NZHIA iHemp Investment & Discovery Tour: Christchurch

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  • Wed 13 Jul, 7:00pm – 10:00pm


Webtools Agriculture - The Loft, 146A Lichfield Street, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission (in-person): $15.00
  • Virtual livestreaming: $10.00


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About this event: What can hemp do for you? We explore hemp’s economic and sustainability potential by focusing on the processing capabilities within the region and the innovative opportunities available.

How can hemp be used in FARMING:
Farming as an alternative land use and cash crop plus phytoremediation, heavy metal removal and soil cleaning/conditioning. Use for nitrogen uptake, and climate change mitigation. Crop rotation and break cropping in collaboration with other primary industries.

How can hemp be used in the FOOD INDUSTRY:
Seeds for food and utilising local circular economy by-product streams to make new and innovative products. Hemp seed nutritional products for humans and animals as well as seed multiplication for northern hemisphere hempseed companies. Future uses of hemp leaf, sprouts and roots.

How can hemp be used in the FIBRE INDUSTRY:
Investment in decortication and primary processing would enable enterprises to scale and enter markets for high and low tech industrial uses, producing a diverse variety of end products such as geotextiles, apparel fabrics, construction materials, and composites. Collaboration with other primary sectors, such as forestry and wool.

How can hemp be used in the HEALTH Industry:
Female plant cultivation for the emerging health and wellness industry, utilising minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as high-value fractions from locally grown crops for global niche markets. Working with Manuka, Kakawawa and other native botanicals grown in New Zealand.

Event speakers:

Richard Barge (NZHIA)
The NZHIA Chair presents a history of hemp in Aotearoa New Zealand and a new iHemp industry for Canterbury.

Craig Carr (Carrfields)
Carrfields and NZNF journey in Hemp, where we come from, where we are at and where we going.

Ryan Cosgrove (Carrfields)
Hemp fiber processing and the NZ Natural Fibres approach.

Brad Lake (Tapapa NZ)
Presenting four ways to make hemp a foundation of New Zealand agriculture.

Jo Townshend (Midlands)
Pioneering Hemp in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melissa Baer (Webtools Agriculture)
Hemp compliance and reporting app that Webtools built with NZHIA to enable farmers to be easily compliant and do reporting to the Ministry of Health.


Join us from 7:00pm for networking, then the event will formally commence at 7:30pm.

7.30pm Mihi whakatau/Welcome

7.50pm Introduction/What is iHemp

8.00pm NZHIA and the business plan

8-9pm Local iHemp business

8-9pm EDM, council

8-9pm Sponsors/Expert

9.00pm Question and Answers

10.00pm Event finishes

With thanks to our hosts Webtools Agriculture, event sponsors Agmardt & NZHIA and a special thank you for the evening's spot prize sponsors Hemp NZ & Pure Heart Aotearoa.

Online or in-person:
This event and all events in The NZHIA Discovery & Investment Tour will be available for you to attend either in-person or online using the zoom option. You may choose which option you would prefer when registering.

General admission (in-person) $15.00
(Please note that this venue is on the first floor and does not have lift access for those with limited mobility; however, you can still virtually attend the event by selecting the virtual livestreaming option).

Virtual livestreaming $10.00

Health and safety:
Please note due to restrictions under orange traffic light settings this is a controlled-access event and only registered people can attend the event. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, are awaiting a Covid-19 test result or have been at a location of interest please stay at home.

Cancellations or change of plans?
If you are no longer able to attend this event, please let us know and update your registration as spaces are limited to 100 people per event.
You can also opt to join this event via our online Zoom option.

Event Details:
The event will be recorded and may be used for training and publicity purposes. By registering, you acknowledge this and consent to be added to the NZHIA Public Newsletter distribution.

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