The programme is taking shape with both international and local speakers on board. We're working on confirming a few more speakers with some fresh topics so note that the information below is subject to change and should be considered a guide. Keep an eye on Prunings for the latest announcements about conference.
Day 1 – Wednesday 5 June – Conference & Exhibition*
This full day conference session is being held at Rydges Lakeland Resort, 38 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown 9300.
|9.00am||Welcome from chairman Tim Jones Summerfruit NZ|
|Winstone Chee Walmart – An overview of Walmart and beyond|
|Oscar Aliaga Ortega – Inside the Chilean cherry industry|
|Helen Axby Seasonal Solutions – Sorting seasonal labour|
|Winstone Chee Walmart – Retail revolution – China's retail scene|
|Mike Petersen NZ Special Trade Envoy – Thinking beyond China in a challenging global trading environment|
|5.00pm||End of conference|
Our drinks and nibbles are being held at Reds Bar, conveniently located at Rydges Lakeland Resort.
Day 2 – Thursday 6 June – Conference & Exhibition & Kick the Dirt*
Our AGM and half day of R&D presentations at Rydges Lakeland Resort, followed by Kick the Dirt.
|9.00am||Welcome from vice chair Roger Brownlie Summerfruit NZ|
|David Pattemore Plant & Food Research – Pollination project|
|Kate Colhoun Plant & Food Research – The Vapormate difference|
|Stephen Ogden Market Access Solutionz – Life after OPI|
|Phil Elmer Plant & Food Research – Managing pathogen resistance|
|Peter Mortimer Fruitfed Supplies – Can NZ horticulture industries be landfill free?|
|Kick the Dirt – Visit the future with high performance orchards today
Lake Terrace Cherries and Suncrest Orchard
|Coffee cart – It's not Kick the Dirt without the coffee cart|
|5.00pm||End of conference|
*Please note these times and programme are subject to change.
Kick the Dirt
Following lunch we head off to Lake Terrace Cherries and Suncrest Orchards to, ah well, kick the dirt. This part of conference is free and growers are encouraged to bring their staff along either on the bus from Queenstown or using their own transport. However anyone planning to attend Kick the Dirt must be registered. If you're not registered you will not be allowed on the orchards.
Click here to register.
If you choose to drive, here are the locations.
Lake Terrace Cherries – 90 Smiths’ Way, Mount Pisa 9383
Directions – Warning! Google Maps misdirects to Amisfield Road. From Queenstown, turn off Luggate-Cromwell Road at Smiths’ Way and continue for 600m, looking out for the Lake Terrace Cherries sign on the left. There is parking available along the driveway.
Suncrest Orchard – 414 Ripponvale Road, Cromwell 9384
Directions – From Queenstown, turn off Kawarau Gorge Road at Ripponvale Road and continue for 200m, looking out for Suncrest Orchard on the left. Parking is along Ripponvale Road.
After arriving in style by gondola, the Skyline's Wakatipu Room promises fabulous food and wine with spectacular night time views of Queenstown. Our MC, Jamie Mackay from Newstalk ZB's The Country, will entertain and help with the evening's awards.