HOMEGROWN Conference

We live in an era of global interdependence. But remote little New Zealand also needs to build a truly 21st century resilient, independent economy. This will safeguard our unique selling point to the world, and give us something to fall back on in turbulent times.

At SBN’s annual conference you will discover how a home grown future is emerging. NZ businesses large and small have identified unique opportunities, developed innovations, implemented solutions, and are reaping the benefits of sustainable practice. We are a creative nation, a bold and brave people, and this work sets the tone for our aspirations.

This is an opportunity to be inspired by local success stories and learn from our courageous business community. It’s a chance to reflect on what success might look like for you, your business, and for NZ in years to come.

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The conference will be held in one of NZ’s finest cultural settings – Orākei Marae at Bastion Point, the cultural centre for the Ngāti Whātua Orākei people.

On attending the marae, you will experience a powhiri (sacred welcoming ceremony) and learn some of the Ngāti Whātua tikanga (values). Once the formalities have concluded we will join together for a hakari (feast), before beginning conference proceedings.


  • Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change
  • Ngarimu Blair, Trust Representative Director for Whai Rawa, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
  • The Loop Crew – Campbell Sturrock and family
    A family house bus adventure into the world of sustainability with their 100% electric Nissan Leaf “Little Miss Sunshine” in tow
  • Sherwood
    A Queenstown hotel renovated with the utmost respect for the environment and the people within it
  • The Headwaters Camp Glenorchy
    NZ’s first net zero energy accommodation, in the heart of the South Island mountains
  • Glen Herud, Owner, Happy Cow Milk Co.
    After a four-year fight for more sustainable dairy, Glen made the hard decision to give up. But the incredible support and encouragement that followed this announcement galvanised him to give it one more go.
  • Rodney and Angela Sharp, Owners, Progressive Group
    A down to earth, true blue Kiwi, zero waste business. Sustainability is woven into the Progressive Group culture at every turn.
  • Matt Morrison, the Karma Cola Foundation
    The New Zealand organisation taking on global giant, Coca Cola
  • Jacinta Gulasekharam, Co-founder, Dignity
    Young entrepreneur on a mission to provide access to sanitary items for all women in New Zealand
  • Mark Roberts, Group General Manager and Gavin Smith, Business & Product Development Manager, Alsco New Zealand
    Connecting with our planet, our people, our community
  • Deborah Manning, KiwiHarvest
    Collecting good food before it goes to waste and distributing it to those in need to nourish the wider community

View the speakers’ bios.

View the Homegrown Conference programme

The conference will be followed by networking drinks at Bird on a Wire (on the train line) in Orākei Bay Village.


$350 – SBN members

$1000 – non-SBN members

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Non-member? Find out more about joining the Sustainable Business Network.


Bus transport CBD > Orakei > CBD (with a drop off at the networking venue) will be supplied on a first come first served basis.