Hosts and Speakers

Celebrating genuine Canterbury hospitality, tonight's menu has been carefully curated to represent the region and its outstanding produce.  


Your Hosts tonight are David Downs (New Zealand Story) and Charlotte Read (New Zealand Winegrowers)

David Downs

The CEO of The New Zealand Story and Chair of The Icehouse, is a multifaceted individual with experience in comedy, television, radio, and authorship. He has published books including "No.8 Re-wired" and "A Mild Touch of the Cancer.

Charlotte Read

Charlotte, GM Brand, New Zealand Winegrowers, retains a deep affection for her early years as the daughter of one of the first growers in the Hawke’s Bay region. For 20 years she gained rich experiences in both the UK and Asia, bringing New Zealand exports to market.


Oz Clarke

Oz is a prominent wine expert with an irreverent style, celebrated for his palate and wine predictions. He's an award-winning author, TV, and radio host, known for Food and Drink and Oz and James. Oz was honoured with an OBE in 2020.

Dr John Barker

As the southern hemisphere’s first OIV Director General,
John is well placed to address global wine industry challenges with a modern approach.




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