Primary Talk is a platform designed to bring together speakers from across Industry, Government and Iwi in New Zealand. The topics are aligned to our key areas of focus at Cucumber; sustainability, productivity and innovative technologies. The content is targeted at learning from real people and their experiences tackling and solving complex problems and opportunities that the primary sector are facing.

Our mission at Cucumber is to support the global primary industry to be more sustainable and productive today, to deliver a better world tomorrow.

Our Host: Ian Gray

Meet Ian, he has a 3 pet goats, 2 dogs, 5 horses and a lot of ducks. He has 2 acres of exotic gardens to keep busy at the weekends. He is passionate about the environment and culture and is currently learning Te Reo.

Ian is enthused by embracing of the Maori concept of Taiao, when nature thrives so do our families, communities and businesses. He loves meeting new people and hearing their stories and sharing them so others may also learn and grow. If you would like to be a speaker on Primary Talk, Ian would love to hear from you.

Primary Talk Episodes

Episode 2: November 2020

In this Primary Talk podcast, Ian Gray of Cucumber chatted to Sarah Adams, Global Business Development Manager for eShepherd Gallagher who talks about her role, the challenges facing customers and her inspirational peer organisations.

Gallagher pioneered New Zealand's first electric fencing system in 1938 and has consistently led the way in quality, innovative animal management systems that are made to last.


Episode 1: March 2020

In this Primary Talk podcast, Ian Gray of Cucumber chatted to Arron Judson, GM Marketing & Partnerships of Scion about Scion's strategy and the Circular Bioeconomy.

Scion is a Crown research institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, wood-derived materials, and other biomaterial sectors.