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.
|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|
|3.30pm||27th Annual General Meeting
|5.00pm||Transport to Networking drinks|
|5.30pm||Networking drinks – Hawke's Bay Museum of Technology|
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.
|9.00am||Welcome from vice chair Roger Brownlie Summerfruit NZ|
|9.10am||Tangaroa Walker Farm 4 life – Mahi, mana and life on the land|
|10.30am||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|
|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
|3.30pm||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.