CID and Plant & Food Research: Public Engagement Workshop

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Location: New Zealand Parliament

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 Engagement with the public, supporters and donors is critical for aid agencies. Covid has made it tougher, but also created opportunities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share with your peers, and learn what the research is telling us about what works best when engaging with the public about aid, development, and our impact.

 - Presentations from MFAT on their public polling, social media and communications
 - Address from MFAT's Jonathan Kings
 - Presentation from Robert Oliver, Executive Producer of Maori TV's Pacific Island Food Revolution, about his experience of connecting with the public via mainstream media.

CID has teamed up with MFAT and Crown Research Institute (and proposed CID member) Plant and Food Research to offer this opportunity – free. Share best practice and engage with others on how to successfully connect with New Zealanders.

Workshop attendees are also invited to attend a 5.30pm Parliamentary launch of Plant and Food Research’s photo exhibition - From This Land -  hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta.

Please register below for up to 3 people from your organisation to attend the workshop. It’s free!

When: 4 August. 9.30am-3pm (5.30pm photo exhibition launch)

Where: Grand Hall, Parliament, Wellington

Lunch and afternoon tea will be served.


Present a case study: Would you like to present a 15-minute case study (followed by 15 minutes Q&As) on any of the following:

Recent campaign
Advocacy initiative
Public event
Emergency response
New data on public engagement
Business collaboration
Celebrity ambassadors
Media engagement
Another initiative

Please send a 100 word maximum synopsis of your proposed topic (with a Pacific or global focus) to Luke at by COB on Monday 12 July. One submission per organisation. Contact Luke at if you have questions.


Case study presenters will qualify for a transport cost contribution.

Additional information on the workshop to follow.

Plant and Food Research’s photo exhibition:

From This Land tells the story of the impact in Vietnam and Cambodia of four MFAT and G2G (Government to Government NZTE) supported agricultural development projects involving Plant & Food Research scientists and development staff.