Our Network

With collaboration at the heart of PlantTech, we are proud to have official relationships with a number of organisations working to advance New Zealand’s interests in science, technology, artificial intelligence and the success of our primary industries.


Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital 

Members of TMBC are committed to ‘leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence’.

We recognise pests and diseases can devastate our region and that it takes a community to successfully tackle biosecurity threats – that we all need to be vigilant and play our part, whether that’s in our ngahere, at the Port, in our orchards, in our back yard, or out on the water.

Let’s protect our Tauranga Moana together.

IRANZ – Independent Research Association of New Zealand 

PlantTech is delighted to join the ranks of independent, or non-Government owned research organisations making vital contributions to a broad range of scientific fields in New Zealand.

IRANZ engages with policymakers and ensures its members are kept abreast of new developments in Government and its agencies. It provides Government with feedback on policy development and works to increase awareness among policymakers of the role that the scientific sector can have on innovation and economic development.

Agritech NZ

Agritech NZ connects innovators, investors, regulators, researchers and the public. Its members share a passion for the opportunities that agritech can generate.

It promotes opportunities and economic growth for New Zealand’s agritech sector and advances the eco-system through advocacy, collaboration, and building international connections.

AI Forum

The Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand (AI Forum) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that is funded by its members.

It brings together a community of artificial intelligence technology innovators, end users, investor groups, regulators, educators and entrepreneurs to work together to find ways to use AI to enable a prosperous, inclusive and thriving future for New Zealand.

AI Forum promotes the economic opportunities raised by AI and works to ensure that our society can adapt to the rapid and far-reaching changes that AI technology can bring.

ASABE – American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organisation dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907, its headquarters is in Michigan and boasts members from  more than 100 countries.

IAgrE – Institution of Agricultural Engineers

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers is a professional membership organisation for all those working, or with an interest in, engineering, science and technology within agriculture and the environment.

A registered charity working for the public benefit, IAgrE brings together academics, practitioners and industry to share knowledge and promote professionalism in the advancement and application of technology in the land-based sector.

PlantTech’s research director, Professor Ian Yule, is a Fellow of the IAgrE.

NZ Tech Alliance

The NZ Tech Alliance represents organisations from across the technology eco-system. It aims to connect, promote and advance tech eco-systems and support growth in the economy through the creation of a prosperous, digital nation.

PAANZ – Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand

PAANZ connects participants in the Precision Agriculture value chain, including land users,  researchers, commercial companies, regional councils, primary industry organisations, rural professionals and students.

Members are focussed on increasing the uptake of PA technologies in land-based primary production systems, accessing funding for research and the development of PA technologies, building capability within the sector and promoting adoption of PA through industry events.

Blueberries NZ

Blueberries NZ (BBNZ) represents the interests of the New Zealand blueberry industry. It is made up of commercial growers, exporters and associate members who collectively seek to grow the industry through promotions and marketing, greater export market access and the importation of new genetics for growers.



PlantTech is proud to sponsor STEMfest, a world-class festival held in Tauranga in conjunction with the Groundswell Festival of Innovation.

The annual event is designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.