NZIFST - The New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology Inc.

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NZIFST Annual Conference

Our Structure

The Institute is a non-profit making incorporated society, run mainly on a voluntary basis.

The President is elected annually, and is supported by the Vice President and Honorary Treasurer who are also elected annually.

The Institute is managed by the Executive Committee which consists of the above three people plus the Past President and Chairman of the Dairy Division. Executive may co-opt other members as deemed necessary. An Executive Manager manages the day-to-day matters of the Institute.

The Institute is governed by the Board of Direcetors which comprises the Executive Committee and Board representatives from the branches and divisions.

President Auckland delegates x 2
Vice-President Waikato Delegate
Honorary Treasurer Nelson Delegate
Immediate Past-President Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay Delegate
Elected members x 2 Central Delegate
Executive Manager (ex-officio) Canterbury Delegate
  Otago Southland Delegate

The Board may also co-opt further members as deemed necessary.

The Board & Executive Committee work to a STRATEGIC PLAN which is updated annually.

The NZIFST also has members appointed to national positions responsible for Ethics & Advocacy, Privacy, Careers & Education, liaison and representation with IUFoST (the International Union of Food Science & Technology) and management and editorial policy for Food New Zealand magazine.

See the Our Executive & Board page for current representatives.

The Executive Committee and the Board meet regularly either by teleconference link or face-to-face.

The Institute is governed by its Rules and Constitution:
 Constitution & Rules (2015) Click to Download Reader

The Institute adheres to a CODE of ETHICS:
Code of Ethics - SUMMARY Click to Download Reader
Code of Ethics - FULL Version Click to Download Reader

Branches, Divisions and Special Interest Groups of NZIFST

The Institute is divided into Branches (by geographical region), Divisions and Special Interest Groups (SIG), each administered by voluntary officers. Division members have an interest in a specific sector of the food industry while Special Interest Groups cater for members with an interest in a particular area of food science or technology. Divisions and SIGs are organised on a national basis and may convene specialist technical sessions at the annual conference of the Institute, or organise technical workshops, seminars or courses at other times, on subjects of particular interest to their members

See the BRANCHES, and GROUPS pages for current officeholders.

The Divisions of the Institute are:


The Special Interest Groups of the Institute are:

Food Safety
Sensory Evaluation


The Institute is currently affiliated to the following organizations:

Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)

International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)

The Institute's Journal

Food New Zealand is the Institute's official journal, and is endorsed by the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand.

For over 20 years the Institute's journal has provided a common forum for members throughout New Zealand and overseas. With seven publications per year, Food New Zealand offers news and features on research and science from around New Zealand and the world, usually including a Peer Reviewed paper. There is coverage about the manufacture of food, technology, packaging, processing, food safety and training issues and a section dedicated to branch and division news.

The journal is published by Peppermint Press in Auckland, editor Anne Scott (phone 09 577 1936)

Annual Conference

Held in June/July every year at major convention centres, the Institute's Annual Conference is a focal point for the food industry. Top local and international speakers present papers and workshops on key issues related to food science and technology. Members' successes and achievements are celebrated at our prestigious awards dinner. The conference is well supported by trade displays and sponsorships.

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