Food, for good
Fireside chat

Food, we all need it, and many of us are quite passionate when it comes to our choices of nourishment. But how can it be used as a sustainable force for good? Join us to hear from a diverse panel who are doing just that.

Tuesday 9th November 2021
Free to join via Zoom

Event overview

It’s nourishment, a socialising tool, a creative activity, and the cornerstone of some of the largest global industries. It comes in all shapes and sizes and colours and from all corners of the earth. We all need it to survive but we also all know it can be so much more than that.

We’ve gathered a buffet of interesting people who are working to make food more sustainable – from distribution to utilising waste, to packaging, innovation and education.

Join us as we unpack this interesting topic together, and learn about how we can keep leading sustainable change, across industries, for good.

Meet the panelists

Lisa Booth

Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Kete Kai, the meal kit on a mission to end hunger in Aotearoa by 2030. Frustrated with the food system, Lisa believes Kete Kai is the catalyst for people to have access to healthy food. A company embedded in Kaupapa Māori and determined to reduce food wastage and make sure food is accessible and plentiful for all. Learn more about Kete Kai, or connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.

Christina McBeth

Christina McBeth is the founder and self titled Food Rescue Queen of Nourished for Nil. Her organisation started in early 2017 rescuing 112 items of food a day, to now rescuing and redistributing 3 to 6 tonnes of food a day.

Jacqui Yip

Jacqui was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Aotearoa, spending time around various parts of Tāmaki Makaurau and Dunedin. In her role with the Healthy Families South Auckland team based at The Southern Initiative, she works in the systems change space with particular focus on local food sovereignty and wellbeing in local government. Jacqui works alongside community and Auckland Council colleagues to prototype how local government can support local-led food systems (Papatoetoe Food Hub), upskill food entrepreneurs to bring back good food to their communities (The Kitchen Project), and support partners to work with a systems change approach (Good Food Road Map).

James Denton

James is the Founder and Managing Director of GoodFor. A Dunedin born entrepreneur with a passion for how business can help build a healthier and better environmental future. GoodFor began in 2017 with the first store in Ponsonby, Auckland and has now grown to 7 stores throughout New Zealand. They’re on a mission to inspire circular change in the world – one person, one adventure and one community at a time.


  • 7:00pm – 7:10pm: Karakia, welcome and introductions
  • 7.10pm – 7.45pm: Facilitated panel discussion
  • 7.45pm – 8:00pm: We open up for questions from the floor
  • 8:00pm – 8:25pm: Stay online to hear more about our courses; Leading Change for Good and Leading Beyond Sustainability
  • 8:30pm: Event ends

This fireside chat is designed for

  • Those who are keen to make positive change in their community, business, industry, or wider.
  • Those who have an idea for sustainable change they want to lead, big or small, for the benefit of others and/or the the planet – or can see where change is needed.
  • Varied industries from self-employed, SME’s, large corporates, government, not for profit, anyone who wants to lead innovative and sustainable change for good.
  • Anyone who has previously attended and enjoyed our previous fireside chats in this series

Meet our facilitator

Saskia is a devoted fighter for a better world. One that is socially just, economically inclusive and environmentally restorative.

In her role at The Mind Lab as Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good, she’s able to leverage her 25+ years experience in various international senior and executive roles including as Chief Responsible Management Officer for Tourism Holdings Limited in Auckland.

The details

  • Fireside chat: panel of speakers with our facilitator asking questions, and opening the floor to audience questions
  • Tuesday 9th November, 2021
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Free online session delivered via Zoom

What is 'Leading Change for Good'?

The Mind Lab’s Leading Change for Good is a Postgraduate Certificate that focuses on leadership and transformation for real, lasting impact where it matters the most. It’s a 34-week programme, the first of it’s kind in New Zealand.

The programme aims to provide people from diverse industries and communities with the knowledge and skills to effectively instigate and lead collaborations and partnerships, and apply environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable practices for positive impact in times of change.

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