Conference 2017

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10 July 2017

NZPPI’s inaugural conference was a huge success. The day opened with a karakia from Tainui kaumatua and a welcoming address from Mayor Andrew King.

Keynote speaker Donna Flavel from Tainui opened with "The rising role of Maori Agri-Business – Applying the principles of Kaitiakitanga in agri-business: a Tainui perspective"

In the Science slot, we heard from:

  • University of Waikato’s Michael Cree on a robotic mobile platform with insect pest remote sensing and a video presentation by Professor Mike Duke (who was unable to attend at the last minute) on the use of robotics in the field.
  • AgResearch’s Maureen O’Callaghan on a large biopesticides research programme that will inform future pest and disease control
  • Bill Dyck with a review of the Science and Innovation Summit and progress towards NZPPI science and innovation strategy.

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

Concurrently, a small elite group of Industry Partners (retailers and suppliers) were "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 featured in the most well-attended session 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 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).

Unfortuantely the invited guest speaker for Wednesday night's Gala Dinner, Roger Milne, Manager of Trees for Survival, was unable to attend. However there was a very heart-warming presentation to John Liddle by Andrew Harrison, Malcolm Woolmore, Peter Fraser and Vince Wylaars, championing his work over nearly the past eight years as CEO, with presentations to both John and wife Gabrielle.

The evening ended with the announcement of the winner of the Young Achiever Award 2017 - you can read more HERE.

Thursday morning kicked off with NZPPI Sector meetings, followed by a discussion on the NZPPI Strategy with the Board, and Jeremy Mawley from Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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

The AGM and business followed lunch. Angie Williams from OSHbox was called away at the last minute but members Grant Eyre and Lisa Ogilvy provided some real on-site H & S experiences with quad bikes and chemical storage.

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

There was a good representation of trade exhibitors plus plenty of time for delegates to network and do some business.

Full detail of the programme and speakers is in the Conference Handbook.

Thanks to the sponsors - Daltons, ICL Specialty Fertilisers, Norwood Industries, Cosio Industries, Interworld Plastics, Primehort and Westpac.

Thanks also to MC Peter Worsp for keeping us on time and providing the laughs from his seemingly endless supply of jokes.


Conference 2018

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

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Speakers Presentations

(to date - 25 July)

  • Plotting the path for a Science and Innovation Strategy for NZPPI - Bill Dyck, BDL
  • Myrtle Rust - MPI Response overview - Geoff Gwyn, Director of Readiness and Response Services, MPI
  • Workforce capability - Sue Pickering, Senior Business Manager, Horticulture NZ
  • Employers and Manufacturers Association briefing of current employment issues - Clive Thomson, Employment Relations Specialist, EMA
  • Key learning from the NZ primary sector of the benefits of taking ownership and action around environmental impacts - Sean Newland, Business Director, Primary Sector Services, Beca


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