Introducing Our MC: Peter Fraser

I am especially interested in the interface between economic and environmental issues.

Peter Fraser

We’re happy to announce Peter Fraser as our 2020 Conference ‘Master of Ceremonies’; an Agricultural ‘Guerilla’ Economist and a very busy man with many hats! He’ll also be giving our first presentation of the weekend – more details to come.

A living embodiment of flexible labour markets, Peter is an economist by training and is currently employed as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IPGS) at Victoria University.

Prior to the IPGS, Peter spent 20 years as a public servant in a variety of policy and economic roles within The Treasury, MAF Policy (now MPI), the Department of Building and Housing and Department of Labour (both now part of MBIE), and EQC.

Peter is also a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Force) and was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2002 as part of the NATO-led Stabilisation Force.

In 2017, Peter was paroled from government and, in a major career change, established a mobile abrasive blasting business specialising in surface preparation (which he still operates). When not found working on roads, trucks, or building sites (often in the wee hours of the morning!) Peter also operates as an independent economist specialising in agricultural economics – especially relating to the dairy industry and water storage – and can be found on Facebook as “Peter Fraser – Guerrilla Economist”.

Peter is Chair of Whakauae Research Services (NZ’s only iwi owned and mandated public health research provider) and previously the deputy Chair of the Pacific Peoples’ Wellbeing Trust. His iwi affiliation is to Ngāti Hauiti ki Rangitīkei (though he has whakapapa links to Ngapuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa).

The Regenerative Soil Solution Conference 2020

On March 7 & 8th, 2020, we will be holding our Annual Conference at Lincoln University on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The weekend will consist of a full programme of expert speakers – Walter Jehne, Prof Jack Heinemann, Paul Smith, Alistair Humphrey, Phyllis Tichinin, Dr Mike Joy – and regenerative farmers – Simon Osborne, Jono Frew, Peter Barrett, Nigel Greenwood, Hamish Bielski. Agricultural Economist, Peter Fraser will be our Master of Ceremonies. Join us on a guided fieldtrip, and enjoy a catered m­enu of delicious, local organic food.


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