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.

8.00am Registration opens
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
12.30pm  Lunch
  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


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 AGM
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? 
12.00pm  Lunch
  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.


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