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"The research forum helped me get up to speed with the latest research and was a valuable networking opportunity." - secondary school deputy headmaster
 8.30am Registration
 9.00am Forum opens
 9.10am Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture
 9.20am Keynote
Ben Allomes, Hopelands Dairies Ltd
 10.15am Session 1: What really matters in the workplace?
We all have a different view on what’s important to us in the workplace, and what we need to do to retain our new recruits. This session will explore what we know from research in NZ, and hear from a panel of young professionals about what they see is important.
  What Makes a Job a Good Job?
John MacCormick, Ministry of Education
  The Effect of Job Insecurity on Job Satisfaction
Emeritus Professor Philip Morrison, Victoria University
  Workplace Safety and the Future of Work in NZ
Professor Gail Pacheco, Auckland University of Technology
  Retaining our young talent - young professionals in the food & fibre sectors discuss what they see is important
Hiraina Tangiora, Ministry for Primary Industries
George Hyauiason, Massey University
Paige Harris, Dairy Farm Assistant

Jack Ternouth, The New Zealand Merino Company
Katie Moffat, Bank of New Zealand
 1.00pm Session 2: Understanding each other
This session deals with our preconceptions, attitudes, and styles of communication in the work environment.
  Lincoln University's survey of recent graduates
Nick Prince, Lincoln University
  Bridging the communication gap between older and younger farmers
Hamish Murray, Nuffield Scholar, Bluff Station
 1.40pm Session 3: Doing things differently
This session showcases new and novel approaches to improve workplaces and employment outcomes.
  Rural Employee Support Hub
Jane Muir, DairyNZ
  Tāne Mahuta Learn While You Earn Kaupapa Māori
Tāne Cook, Tāne Mahuta
  B+LNZ Generation Next Programme
Olivia Ross, Beef+Lamb New Zealand
  Pickled! - Gamification for Health & Safety
Myrah Walters & Raewyn Baldwin, WorkSafe
 3.30pm Session 4: Where to next?
There are a number of pan-sector initiatives underway to monitor employment conditions in the sector and provide resources and research to support improvements in the workplace. This session will provide updates on these, and also an opportunity for the group to brainstorm other ideas or initiatives that could be investigated.
  MPI Workforce Data & Forecasting Working Group
Dr Richard Lynch, Ministry for Primary Industries
  Skills Action Plan Employment Project
Monique Williams, Ministry for Primary Industries
  Food & Fibre Center of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) 
Erin Simpson, Interim CoVE Governance Group Member
 4.30pm Forum closes