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This year's programme includes international and local speakers focusing on how the summerfruit industry can grow strong in a changing world.

Our format this year is for a half day on Wednesday afternoon when we hold our AGM, followed by a full day on Thursday. Our venue is the Napier War Memorial Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier 4110 – home to our 2018 conference.

With regards to Covid-19, should we need to move to Alert Level 2, the Centre is spacious and flexible enough to accommodate our conference needs. Keep an eye on Prunings for the latest announcements about conference. 


Day 1 – Wednesday 9 June – Conference & Exhibition & AGM

This half day conference session begins after lunch at Napier War Memorial Centre.

A mix of local and international speakers will feature in this session followed by afternoon tea and the AGM.


Networking drinks 

Following the conclusion of the AGM at 5.00pm, buses will take us to the Hawke's Bay Museum of Technology at 2B Faraday Street, Napier 4110.

Beginning at 5.30pm, our drinks and nibbles will be served in a unique and nostalgic setting where you can get hands on with displays from times gone.

A shuttle service will return to Hotel Te Pania or via stops along the way for dinner in town.


Day 2 – Thursday 10 June – Conference & Exhibition

A full day of conferencing and trade displays at Napier War Memorial Centre.


Conference dinner + speaker

The last time we were in Napier the conference dinner sold out. That won't be a problem this time as the War Memorial Centre venue can accommodate our dinner numbers so no-one will miss out!

Our speaker will entertain and help with the evening's awards. 


Friday 11 June – Kick the Dirt

You are invited to come along and kick the dirt at three sites of interest to summerfruit growers around Hastings. This part of conference is free and your own transport is necessary. Growers are encouraged to bring their staff, however anyone planning to attend Kick the Dirt must be registered. If you have already registered for conference and want to take additional staff to Kick the Dirt, please email Karen and she will add them into your registration for you.

We'll aim to start at 9am and finish by midday if not earlier but will confirm times closer to conference.

  • Biobees – bumblebee breeding facility
  • Omahuri packhouse – recently updated equipment
  • Fruitpackers RSE accommodation – good quality accommodation for seasonal workers


Click here to register