Conference 2017

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20 June 2017

Hurry, hurry ... last chance to register for Conference

NZPPI’s inaugural conference is not to be missed - join us and REGISTER NOW, programme and registration form here.

We have a keynote speaker from Tainui with the opening address "The rising role of Maori Agri-Business – Applying the principles of Kaitiakitanga in agri-business: a Tainui perspective"

In the Science slot, we'll hear from:

  • University of Waikato’s Mike Duke and Michael Cree on a robotic mobile platform with insect pest remote sensing
  • AgResearch’s Maureen O’Callaghan on a large biopesticides research programme that will inform future pest and disease control
  • Bill Dyck provides a review of the Science and Innovation Summit and progress towards NZPPI science and innovation strategy.

The Young Achiever finalists will present their speeches on the topic 'Biosecurity - plant producers responsibilities' just before lunch.

Concurrently, Industry Partners (retailers and suppliers) will be "Blue-sky brainstorming" for a model for the Retailer Special Interest Group and the core priorities Go Gardening, gift cards, awards and consumer engagement.

Myrtle Rust will feature in the afternoon with Geoff Gwyn (MPI), Andrew Harrison and Malcolm Woolmore presenting an overview of the response and an industry perspective.

Sue Pickering, Horticulture NZ will lead a panel discussion on workforce capability with input from members both young (Shanna Hickling and Dave Harris) and 'old' (Greg Kitson and Grant Hayman).

Wednesday night's Gala Dinner will feature guest speaker Roger Milne, Manager of Trees for Survival; plus the Young Achiever 2017 winner will be announced.

Thursday morning kicks off with NZPPI Sector meetings, followed by a discussion on the NZPPI Strategy with the Board, and an independent perspective from Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Before lunch, Linda Newstrom-Lloyd and Stuart Fraser will discuss the important role the nursery industry can play in providing nectar & pollen sources for bees, and Clive Thomson from EMA will bring us up-to-date on current employment issues.

The AGM and business follow lunch. Then Angie Williams from OSHbox gives a refresher on workplace health and safety with members Grant Eyre and Lisa Ogilvy providing some real on-site H & S experiences with quad bikes and chemical storage.

The day is rounded off with Sean Newland from Beca, on the benefits of taking ownership of environmental issues.

There is time to check out the Trade exhibits, mingle and natter with your friends, peers and colleagues, take a break, and get ready for what’s next.

We’ve much more detail in the Conference Handbook.

The programme and registration form are here.

Register today!


13 June 17

You’re invited to join us in Hamilton 5 & 6 July - Register Now

Stepping Up – NZPPI’s inaugural conference is fast shaping up as a defining point as our new organisation builds momentum. 

For producers, Wednesday’s sessions look at key issues facing industry and growers – it’s a powerful mix of biosecurity, myrtle rust, science and workforce capability – there’s something for every grower in these sessions … essential tips, tools and plans that will help you make your business better and more resilient.

Retailers and other industry partners also gather on Wednesday.  In the morning they’ll brainstorm consumer engagement, Go Gardening, awards and gift cards – teasing out core issues for these programmes and how they might work in the future.  Delegates catch some fresh air after lunch and head off to Hobbiton for a private tour of this incredible movie location and tourist centre.

Closing the day, delegates gather for an evening dinner and a celebration as this year’s Young Achiever is announced.

NZPPI’s strategy, it’s future capability and producer sector developments kick off day two.

Emerging industry issues and opportunities follow - our role in, and the impact of, efforts to mitigate risk to bee and other insect pollinators, the opportunity for an industry-led collaboration environment management system that will front-foot interaction with regional councils, updates and discussion on employment and workplace health and safety issues and the NZPPI AGM.

Please join us ... for an inspirational and informative two days, to catch-up with friends and colleagues, customers and suppliers, for some time "away from the office" to reflect and re-invigorate, for a couple of fantastic social evening and to help build NZPPI.

The programme and registration form are here.

Getting to Stepping Up is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  • Put 5 & 6 July in your diary
  • Register now with NZPPI - programme and registration form attached
  • Book flights and accommodation

See you there.

Thanks to our sponsors, they help make conference happen.


March 2017

We're booked and planning's underway for a superb inaugural NZPPI conference at the Novotel in the heart of the Waikato.

Save the date ... 5 - 6 July 2017, with a social gathering on the evening of Tuesday 4 July.

We’ve a lot to talk about at conference.  NZPPI’s well underway. In less than a year we’ve a new model in place.  We’re stronger, more resilient and about to release a new strategy; it focuses strongly on improved engagement with members, influence among those who impact how we all do business, building a toolbox that delivers results and services that add tangible benefit to our members, growing a passion for industry and business innovation, and building recognition of our industry as a group of professionals.

“Stepping Up” will strongly advance some of these matters, with plant producer and grower sessions on biosecurity, workforce capability, science and R&D, continuous improvement and more.  Industry partner members will join producers for some of these alongside a parallel programme of specific interest to retailers and industry suppliers.


Sponsorship & Trade opportunities are now available

Sponsorship & trade brochure Sponsorship & trade booking form

NZPPI is a step change for our industry and we are seeking your help please to make our inaugural conference a huge success.
Simply put, we ask that you consider sponsorship across a range of options.  Each will provide exposure for your products and services, firstly to conference delegates, and secondly to our wider industry through our conference publicity campaign.  Additionally, your sponsorship goes a long way to helping conference financials, and our ability to establish a conference fee that is not onerous for delegates.

I do hope that you can support us, and we're happy to discuss the options, or variations with you.

If you'd like to help or know more as planning advances, please contact Frances Palmer , ph 04 918 3511.

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