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


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

This half day conference session began after lunch at Napier War Memorial Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier 4110.

Midday Registration opens
1.00pm Welcome from chairman Tim Jones Summerfruit NZ
1.05pm Message from platinum sponsor Roger Georgieff MG Marketing
1.10pm  Dr Matt Whiting WSU via Zoom – Productive, precocious, profitable – 2D cherry orchards
2.00pm  Greg Andrews MFAT – New Zealand's export fortunes on the global trade stage
2.30pm  Bernard Hickey The Kākā – New Zealand's economy and political scene
3.00pm  Afternoon tea
3.30pm  27th Annual General Meeting
5.00pm  Transport to Networking drinks
5.30pm Networking drinks – Hawke's Bay Museum of Technology


Networking drinks 

After the AGM, we travelled to the Hawke's Bay Museum of Technology for drinks and nibbles in a unique and nostalgic setting where we could get hands on with displays from times gone.


Day 2 – Thursday 10 June – Conference & Exhibition*

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

8.30am Registration opens
9.00am  Welcome from vice chair Roger Brownlie Summerfruit NZ
9.10am  Tangaroa Walker Farm 4 life – Mahi, mana and life on the land
10.00am Morning tea
10.30am  Tash McGill Sola Fida – Making digital media work for you 
10.45am  Labour panel discussion – Attraction, recruitment and retention – Lessons learned from a season like no other
12.00pm  Genevieve Griffin-George PICMI – Taking the hassle out of employing seasonal staff 
12.30pm  Lunch
1.30pm Dr Matt Whiting WSU via Zoom – Automation/mechanisation in cherry orchards
2.00pm  Brent Clothier Plant & Food Research – Regenerative horticulture: Where from? Where to?
2.30pm  Vanessa Winning Irrigation NZ – Water: making the most of a scarce resource
3.00pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm Carmel Walsh GSA New Zealand Cargo – Q&A looking at the global supply chain challenge
4.30pm  Steve McCombie Ministry for Primary Industries – How to mitigate risk and build in resilience to ongoing supply chain disruptions
5.00pm End of conference Day 2


Conference dinner + speaker

A sold-out buffet dinner was held at the War Memorial Centre venue where a number of awards were given.

Our dinner speaker 'Shane Wheeler' entertained us and helped with the evening's awards. 


Friday 11 June – Kick the Dirt

Three sites of interest to summerfruit growers around Hastings formed this year's Kick the Dirt. This part of conference is free and growers were encouraged to bring their staff.

Transport was not provided this year so attendees either took their own vehicles or shared a ride with their colleagues. The three visits were to:

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