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.
|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|
|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|
|1.30pm||Oscar Aliaga Ortega – The Chilean cherry industry|
|2.30pm||Winstone Chee Walmart – Retail revolution: China's retail scene|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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.
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.