Summit Information 26 – 27 April 2022

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About the summit

Agriculture and the agrifood supply chain provide a significant contribution to the Oceania region’s greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers and growers can play a critical role to address this challenge.

In New Zealand, our major food producers face more regulation and increasing amounts of compliance legislation. Yet whilst much of the discussion to-date has focused on the additional costs that these bring, not enough focus has been given to just how our primary sector can meet the threats posed by climate change.

The 2035 Oceania Summit will focus on the role that agrifood technolgy will play in supporting farmers and growers reduce emissions to net zero, as well as build more resilient growing systems to address the ongoing impact of our rapidly changing climate.  

Addressing these issues today is not only good for the environment, it is also an economic imperative. As global consumers and the extended supply chain demand a reduction in food production’s carbon footprint, the region’s ability to reach international markets will be put under severe strain without implementing change.  

The Summit will address the major challenges and opportunities that this conversation brings. Your role in helping our producers meet these targets is critical.

The Programme

The 2035 Oceania Summit is bringing together the region’s scientific & research community, its industry leaders, its agribusiness & agritech companies, its farmers & growers, its regulators and its policy makers to discuss how best to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and build more resilient growing systems to address the ongoing impact of a rapidly changing climate.

The Summit is more than just a two-day meeting. It’s part of a longer term platform designed to focus on actionable outcomes that will create positive global impact. These outcomes include:

  • Leveraging the scientific advances being developed by our research community
  • Taking decisive action to protect and conserve our oceans
  • Working with indigenous communities by harnessing the power of traditional knowledge, science and technology
  • Encouraging investment into our region’s growing agrifood tech sector
  • Empowering our farmers to adopt news ways of sustainable agricultural production

The Summit will feature plenary sessions, breakout sessions, an exhibition, a start-up hub, an investment pitch event and a line-up of major local and international speakers.

Plus ‘The Festival of Food’. An opportunity to explore and taste the amazing fresh produce to be found in the Auckland region and across Aotearoa New Zealand that’s footprint is carbon neutral.

The 2035 Oceania Summit Programme is designed to connect key stakeholders across the Oceania region and beyond, to finally address the impact of climate change on the agrifood industry. The time for talking is over. The time to take action and make a real difference has come.

Frequently asked questions

Is there parking at the venue?

The best parking option is the Civic Car Park located at 299 Queen Street, under Aotea Square. Entry is from Greys Ave or Mayoral Drive and you can access the Aotea Centre directly from the car park. View car park rates. For those with electric or hybrid vehicles there are 6 electric vehicle charge points, located on level 1.  

Is there parking and access for disabled or mobility impaired delegates?

Yes, at the Civic Car Park during standard hours, the first 2 hours of mobility parking are free with usual rates applied afterwards. After 6pm, mobility parking is free. Take your mobility card and entry ticket to a pay machine, and press the help button. There are 20 mobility parking spots available, with locations as below: 

Level 1 opposite Aotea Centre entry doors - 5x spaces, numbers 244 -248 

Level 1 opposite Aotea Centre entry doors (next to the yellow booth) 4x spaces, numbers 207 - 210 

Level 1 Town Hall corner 1x large space, number 271 

Level 1 Sky Metro corner 5x spaces, numbers 9-13 

Level 2 Town Hall corner 2x spaces 

Level 3 Town Hall corner 3x spaces 


Information to note: 

Vehicle height clearance is 2.08m  

The car park is underground, but well lit 

Lift access is available from Aotea Square to all levels  

For more information about the car park, visit the Auckland Transport website 

Are there virtual registration options?

No, at this stage the Summit is being planned as an in-person event only. A decision on whether travel restrictions require the Summit to be held as a hybrid event will be made closer to the time. 

Where will the Summit be held?

The  2035 Oceania Summit will be held at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland.  

What will happen if Covid-19 restrictions mean that the Summit can’t be held in person?

We feel that the Summit requires an in-person element to successfully achieve its objectives and therefore if we are unable to provide this then the Summit will be postponed to a later date. Delegates will be given the option to transfer their registration to the rescheduled Summit or receive a full refund. 

Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend the Summit?

In the interests of the health and safety of everybody attending the 2035 Oceania Summit and in keeping with current government guidelines for an event of this size, the Summit Hosts require all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and to abide by any additional protocols that might apply at that time. We will advise of any further requirements regarding the use of vaccination certificates during the Summit closer to the time.

Are meals included in my registration?

All full registrations include mid-morning and afternoon tea breaks and lunch each day. Catering will be served in the exhibition at the Aotea Centre.

Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes, the caterers will be able to accommodate dietary requirements. Please complete the relevant section during the registration process so these can be accounted for. 

What accommodation is close by?

There are a number of hotels and accommodation options in close proximity to the Summit venue. At this stage a number are unavailable due to being used as quarantine hotels. Some recommended options within walking distance of the venue are available to book during the registration process. These are SkyCity Hotel, The Grand at SkyCity, Cordis Hotel and Quest Queens Street. 

What Visa do I need to enter New Zealand?

(Dependent on ability to fly to NZ) 

As of August 2019, it is now mandatory for all visitors to New Zealand to obtain an electronic Travel Authority (eTA).  Visit for more information and to complete the online application form.   

All visitors to New Zealand must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. 

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor’s Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on: 

If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing. 

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do still need to apply for an eTA and you must: 

* Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry 

* Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand 

* Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand 

* Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival 

If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia, you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at  

Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft. 

How do I get from the airport to Auckland CBD?

(Dependent on ability to fly into Auckland) 

The airport is only 40 minutes from the CBD. Taxis are available at all times of the day from the front of the airport terminal. 


A regular airport bus is a cost-effective way to travel from the airport to the city centre. The fares: $16 one way, $28 return. Click here to find out more.  


Super Shuttle offers a shared ride option. The approximate cost for the trip from the airport to the city is $33 for one person and an additional $8 for each extra person. The shuttles operate from the Shuttle rank at the airport (not the taxi rank). Bookings can be made on the Super Shuttle website   


A taxi fare from the airport to the centre is around $75. Both Regency Cabs and Co-op Taxis offer a meet and greet service. To access this service, fax or email details of your arrival to them (date of arrival in Auckland, flight number, arrival time and number of passengers) and they will arrange for the driver to meet you at the “Meet & Greet” area in the Arrivals Hall. He or she will have a sign-board with your name on it. Regency Cabs can be contacted by email, by telephone +64 9 377 8844, or by facsimile +64 9 634 0494. They also have a website at Contact Co-op Taxis by, by telephone +64 9 300 3000 or by facsimile +64 9 300 3111. Bookings can also be made on their website: 

What can I do in Auckland?

There are numerous activities to do in Auckland in your free time or if you wish to extend your stay. Visit our Auckland page for suggestions on activities and trips that you can do.  


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Our Venue: Aotea Centre

Designed with flexibility in mind, Aotea Centre is a purpose-built, contemporary convention centre in the heart of downtown Auckland.

The Aotea Centre houses New Zealand’s largest modern tiered auditorium, seating more than 2,000 people over three levels.

Whether you are holding a conference, seminar, exhibition, award ceremony, product launch, cocktail party or gala dinner, the Aotea Centre has a space to suit.

Aotea Centre’s stylish new interior provides a fitting backdrop for any event. The open design, expansive foyers and function spaces make it an ideal place for collaboration and business gatherings.

The building boasts the latest cutting-edge technology throughout. All spaces feature both cabled and wireless connections with room data-linking options, making the venue ideal for large conventions requiring multiple rooms.

Stay in the heart of the city

Auckland’s central business district alone offers more than 7,000 rooms from 2 to 5-star.


Quest Apartment Hotel

SkyCity Hotel

The Grand Hotel by SkyCity

Summit Partners & Sponsors

“Hosting this event not only positions New Zealand as a global leader in agritech and agrifood expertise; it opens opportunities for further research and investment that will benefit our local farmers, local economy, and local environment in the longer term.”
Bjoern Spreitzer — Tourism New Zealand

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