This year's programme includes international and local speakers on a broad range of hot topics. 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.

8.00am Registration opens
9.00am Welcome from chairman Tim Jones Summerfruit NZ
  Platinum sponsor welcome Roger Georgieff MG Marketing 
9.10am Lain Jager Primary Sector Council – A vision for New Zealand's food and fibre sector
9.40am Peter Stevens GS1 – From orchard to consumer – how tech is shaping the future
10.10am Tim Cadogan Central Otago District Council – Supporting a vibrant summerfruit industry in Central Otago
10.30am Morning tea
11.00am Winstone Chee Walmart – An overview of Walmart and beyond 
11.30am Hon Damien O'Connor – Address from the Minister
12.00pm  Mike Petersen Special Agricultural Trade Envoy – Thinking beyond China in a challenging global trading environment
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm  Oscar Aliaga Ortega – The Chilean cherry industry
2.30pm Winstone Chee Walmart – Retail revolution: China's retail scene
3.00pm  Afternoon tea
3.30pm  Helen Axby Seasonal Solutions Cooperative – Sorting seasonal labour
4.00pm  Tim Jones, Marie Dawkins and Jane Lancaster – Sensational Summerfruit stakeholder meeting outcomes
5.00pm Reds Bar – Networking drinks 


Networking Drinks

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.

8.00am 25th Annual General Meeting
9.30am  Welcome from vice chair Roger Brownlie Summerfruit NZ
9.35am  David Pattemore Plant & Food Research  Pollination of cherries in Central Otago
10.00am  Kate Colhoun Plant & Food Research  Vapormate for disinfestation
10.15am  Stephen Ogden Market Access Solutionz  Life after OPI
10.30am Morning tea
11.00am  Phil Elmer and Virginia Marroni Plant & Food Research  Managing resistance in pathogen populations in Central Otago 
11.40am  Peter Mortimer Fruitfed Supplies  Can horticulture industries in New Zealand be landfill free? 
12.00pm Rachel McClung Horticulture NZ – Ensuring your right to farm: looking at future challenges
12.30pm  Lunch
1.15pm  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. The latest weather forecast is looking cool and damp, so please come prepared as this event is outdoors and shelter is limited.

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.


Conference Dinner

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. 

Skyline at night