Our 2023 Conference was held on May 24 and May 25 in Auckland.
More than 100 attendees joined us for an unforgettable event that brought together the brightest minds and most innovative thinkers in the industry. We had a one day conference at the Sudima Auckland Airport on the 24th followed by our awards dinner then a nursery bus tour on the 25th.
Check out the programme and our dedicated Conference 2023 website, which has all the details of our speakers, sessions and sponsors.
Our Conference 2022 and Awards Dinner was held at the Napier War Memorial Centre on October 12 and 13. Our lineup of fantastic speakers included:
- Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Dame Juliet Gerrard
- Professor & Ellison Chair of Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, Dr Charlie Hall (via Zoom)
- Horticultural scientist and Associate Professor at Lincoln University, Clive Kaiser (speaker and workshop facilitator)
- Circular Economy specialist, Sandy Botterill
- Samuel Williamson of data productivity company, Knode
- Executive Director, Trust Alliance Klaeri Schelhowe
- Hawke's Bay Regional Council Right Tree Right Place project lead Michael Bassett-Foss
- Michael Jamieson, Programme Director at Te Uru Rākau NZ Forest Service
- Nathan Hewson, Managing Director of Advanced Horticulture
- Industry leader and agribusiness leadership developer, Sue Pickering (workshop facilitator)
- Opera singer and founder of Prima Volta, Anna Pierard (business breakfast speaker)
The conference and awards dinner was MC'd by the ebullient Karen O'Leary aka Wellington Paranormal Detective O'Leary.
Our Awards dinner was an emotional event with the late Carol Fraser being awarded an NZPPI Life Membership (accepted on her behalf by her sons) and the announcement of the Fraser Industry Training Award, which was presented to our 2021 Young Achiever Dani McBride. Other Life Memberships went to Carol's husband Peter Fraser, Malcolm Woolmore and Vince Wylaars.
NZPPI Conference Programme.pdf (designed to be printed onto A4 and folded to A5)
A huge thanks to our Conference Partner Daltons for their support in making our conference happen. We also thank our other generous sponsors, Egmont Commercial, Te Uru Rākau, ICL, Custom Mix, Advanced Hort, Knode, HortBase, Egmont Seeds, Plant Pass, KiwiFlora, PrimeHort and Norwood.
NZPPI Conference 2019
Check out the 2019 programme here: Conference Handbook 2019.pdf
NZPPI Conference 2018
Check out the 2018 programme here: Conference Handbook 2018 (compressed for web).pdf