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Vicki Compton

Principal Adviser, Science and Skills Team, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Wellington, New Zealand

“Te Ao Tūroa: Harnessing the value and power of data”

Dr. Vicki Compton, Principal Adviser, MPI

New Zealand



The Ministry for Primary Industries released Te Ao Tūroa – the Primary Sector Science Roadmap, in June 2017. The Roadmap aims to provide a long-term view (10-20 years) of primary sector science and technology needs. It provides guidance on key priorities for all those investing in research and development related to the primary industries in New Zealand. It covers all of New Zealand’s primary industries across the whole of the value chain, including food and fibre, and land and water-based production systems. The Roadmap opens up many future opportunities that will be reliant on digital technologies and the collection, manipulation, integration and interpretation of data collected and connected in ways never before imagined. In this presentation I will outline some of the key needs of the primary sector in New Zealand and internationally as they relate to food supply and security, biosecurity, environmental sustainability and climate change management and adaptation. I would then like to open up the floor for discussion as to how we need to move forward to best harness the value, and realise the potential power, of data for a preferred future.

Thursday 8th February 201810:45 am – 11:20 am

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Vicki has been working in the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries since 2014. She is currently a Principal Adviser in the Policy & Trade Branch providing advice and guidance in the area of future science, technology and education needs of the primary sector. She also provides research and evaluation, and extension support across the organisation. Vicki was a member of the writing team for the Primary Sector Science Roadmap: Te Ao Tūroa, and led the development of the ‘Innovation Through Kaupapa Māori’ theme in this document.


Vicki worked in the field of technology education from 1993 to 2014. She was involved in the New Zealand technology curriculum and qualifications development and in a range of national and international research and professional development programmes. From 2007 she was a research director with UniServices, University of Auckland and served as the principal researcher for a number of classroom-based projects funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. In 2011, she was awarded the Technology Education New Zealand Outstanding Contribution to Technology Education Award.

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