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Horticulture Conference

We are back in 2023 with the annual Horticulture Conference. This year’s theme is Sharing Successes to Strengthen Our Future. Speaker sessions will provide inspiration and the opportunity for robust discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the horticulture industry. The conference will also showcase and celebrate success, while being realistic and acknowledging the impact of adverse weather on some parts of our industry. By coming together to share perspectives, we can connect with and energise each other, which is imperative in the current challenging and uncertain environment.

The Horticulture Conference 2023: Sharing Successes to Strengthen Our Future will focus on the excellent work growers are already doing to address challenges, in a world that has changed and will continue to change.  The conference will be a unique opportunity to hear from politicians on both sides of the house, mental health experts, economists, and growers themselves as they offer insights and perspectives on the future of the industry.

This year’s gala dinner will combine with the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme conference, leaning further into the ‘sharing’ theme. The gala dinner will be held on Wednesday evening.

Hort Conference Programme | Tuesday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Tuesday (Dobson 4)
10.15am – 12.30pmAsparagus Council AGM and speakers

Hort Conference Programme | Wednesday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Dobson 1&2Dobson 3Dobson 4Bealey 4&5
Vegetable product groups welcome tea/coffee
Vegetables speakers
Vegetables New Zealand AGM
Vegetables speakers (outdoor crops)
11.15pm – 12.45pm
Vegetables speakers (covered crops)
12.45pm - 1.45pm
12.45pm - 1.45pm
12.45pm - 1.45pm
12.45pm - 1.45pm
Vegetables speakers (outdoor and covered crops)
1.45pm – 5.00pm
Speaker sessions run by Strawberry Growers NZ
Strawberry Growers AGM
3.30pm – 5.00pm
Process Vegetables speakers
1.45pm – 5.00pm
Project updates run by A Lighter Touch
Tomatoes NZ AGM
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Process Vegetables AGM
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5.45pm - 6.45pm
Pre Dinner- Drinks in Exhibition Hall
6.45pm - Late
Horticulture and RSE Conference Awards Dinner
*tickets must be purchased to this event

Hort Conference Programme | Thursday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Thursday (Plenary/Auditorium)
8.00amMihi Whakatau
8.10amWelcome – MC Alasdair MacLeod
8.25amHon Damien O’Connor – MP Minister of Agriculture
8.4oamMessage from Platinum sponsor
Glenn Bewley - Countdown
8.45amSetting the scene: Bridging the gap between the current state and the future state
Lain Jager – Te Puna Whakaaronui
9.15amGrowing beyond leafy greens in vertical farming
Professor Paul Gauthier – University of Queensland
9.45amPractical experience with vertical farming
Tom Schuyt – Greengrower
Grant Leach – 26 Seasons
10.15amMorning tea
10.45amChristopher Luxon - Leader of the Opposition
11.00amNutrition and health claims: navigating the challenges of adding value
Carolyn Lister - Plant & Food Research
Paul Blatchford - Zespri
11.30amThe machinery of government: demystifying Wellington
Kris Faafoi - Agenda Partners
12.00pmPanel: Advanced breeding and NZ Inc.
Professor Richard Newcombe – Plant & Food Research
Jarred Mair – Te Puna Whakaaronui
Ariana Estoras - AgResearch
12.45pm – 2.00pmLunchDobson 1&2
1.00pm – 2.00pm
Pick up packed lunch outside room to take in to AGM
2.00pmOpportunities in the transition to a low emissions economy
Brad Olsen - Infometrics
2.30pmForecasting future weather patterns
Georgina Griffiths - Metservice
3.00pmA Lighter Touch programme overview
Sarah Sorenson – A Lighter Touch
3.15pmAfternoon tea
3.45pmOur Ahuwhenua story
Wayne Hall – Wi Pere Trust
Grace Rehu - T&G
4.15pmThe power of talking
Elle Perriam – Will to Live
Hamish Rush - Aporo Orchards Ltd
4.45pmRural wellbeing guest speaker
Matt Chisholm
5.30pmHappy hour

Hort Conference Programme | Friday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Friday (Plenary/Auditorium)
8.45amImagining horticulture’s future
Rob Hewett
9.15amGrowing vegetables: adapting to our new reality
Richard Burke - Leaderbrand
9.45amPanel: Politicians take on horticulture's future
Moderated by Brigitte Morten - Franks Ogilvie
Sam Uffindell - National Party
Anna Lorck – Labour party
Andrew Hoggard- ACT Party
Hon Eugenie Sage - MP Green Party
10.30amMorning tea
11.00amA time for big calls – keeping NZ horticulture sector ahead in the global food game
Todd Charteris - Rabobank
11.30amUsing field intelligence when it matters most
Tony Finch - DairyNZ
12.00pmPowering up New Zealand
Hon Ruth Richardson
12.30pmClose & Lunch in Exhibition Hall