NZPPI Conference

27-28 June, Rydges Rotorua

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The industry conference for plant producers, garden retailers, allied suppliers, consultants, regulators and influencers.

Our industry is growing rapidly. Learn about opportunities to grow your business!

This success is a once in a generation opportunity for our sector to align and move to the next level. As a supporter of NZPPI, you will come on that journey with us. Attending the NZPPI Conference 2018 is an opportunity to be part of the future success of our industry.


  • Gala Dinner

    Gala Dinner

    The Gala Dinner, sponsored by TNZ Growing Products, was the highlight of conference. Delegates first heard from the three Young Achiever finalists in their 3-minute speech activity. A sumptuous buffet was served, then guest speaker Joe Sullivan, Olympic Gold medallist and member of the winning Emirates Team New Zealand, spoke passionately about his career and triumphs, to many rounds of applause. The final act was the announcement of the winner of Young Achiever 2018. See below.

    Photo: Joe Sullivan with MC Kate Hillier

  • Young Achievers Competition

    Young Achievers Competition

    The NZPPI Young Achiever 2018 is Devin Westley from Southern Woods Nursery in Christchurch.

    Devin was a popular winner and in true Millennial style, took a selfie on stage before his acceptance speech. Devin now goes on to represent NZPPI at the Young Horticulturist competition in November. Read more about Devin’s win here.

    Photo: Devin Westley with YA trophy and HortFertplus sponsor Mark Stevenson

  • NZPPI in the Spotlight

    NZPPI in the Spotlight

    Bill Dyck launched the Science & Technology Strategy, a plan that recognises the value of the plant producer sector to the NZ economy and the importance of science and innovation to the vision of NZPPI. John Liddle introduced the NZPPI Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme, a systematic approach to industry and producer biosecurity hazards, management, awareness, performance and capability. Matt Dolan discussed GIA and the consultation process required to make the decision to join or not.

    Photo: Bill Dyck

  • 1 Billion Trees Launch

    1 Billion Trees Launch

    A common theme through the presentations was the importance of trees to the NZ economy and environment. Melanie Seyfort, Trees That Count; Heidi Dungey, Scion Research; Chris Baddeley, One Billions Trees; Brent Clotheir, Plant & Food Research; their presentation slides can be viewed on the links in the right hand column.

    Photo: Chris Baddeley


June 26
Welcome Function
5:30–7:00PM Reception Drinks & Quiz (Mez Bar, Rydges)
Sponsored by Growsafe
Day 1 — June 27
8:00AM Registrations Open
8:00AM Trade Show & Displays Open
8:45AM Welcome & Opening
Mayor Chadwick
Andrew Harrison, NZPPI Chair
Young Achiever introduction
Session 1 — Keynote
9:15AM Raise your results, lower your stress
John Shackleton
10:00AM The future of selling: Five trends shaping purchase behaviour
Dr. Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing, University of Tasmania
10:40AM Morning Tea

Barista Coffee sponsored by Daltons
Session 2 — future thinking
11:00AM Workforce challenges
Jerf van Beek, National Seasonal Labour Coordinator, Horticulture NZ
  • Plant Producers
  • Garden Retailers
    • This Is Your Time!
      Amanda Woodbridge, Director Matai Partners
    • Building a national movement to plant millions more native trees
      Melanie Seyfort, Marketing and Communications Manager, Trees That Count
  • Retail Workshop — Building a Great Business
Dr Louise Grimmer
12:30PM Lunch
sponsored by GoodtoGrowNZ
Session 3 — workshops
    • Plant Producer Workshop
      Sponsored by Waimea Nurseries
    • Tree breeding & genetic resource
      Dr. Heidi Dungey
    • Biodegradable Pots
      Dawn Smith, Scion
    • Snippets to whet the plant producers appetite
      Christine Harper, Landcare Research
    • Retailers
      Sponsored by Yates New Zealand
    • Shaping the future of Gardening NZ
      Facilitated session with Amanda Woodbridge and Dr Louise Grimmer
    • Turning the theory into an inspiring in-store experience
    • Growing future gardeners – Twiglands school holiday programme; Garden to Table; Kids Go Gardening.
    • Gardening NZ update
  • Afternoon Tea
    Barista coffee sponsored by Daltons
  • Networking break

Young Achiever Profiles
Session 4 — a world of opportunity
  • One Billion trees
    Chris Baddeley — 
Manager, One Billion Trees Programme
  • A world of opportunity!
    Roger Robson-Williams, General Manager of Science – Sustainable Production, Plant & Food Research (PFR)
  • Leading public gardens in a changing world
    Jack Hobbs, Manager Auckland Botanic Gardens
4:15PM AGM & Forum
5:00PM Trade Show Happy Hour
6:30PM Pre-Dinner Drinks
  • TNZ Gala Dinner
    Sponsored by TNZ Growing Products
  • Young Achiever speeches

    Guest speaker — Joe Sullivan (Emirates Team NZ)
  • Young Achiever Award presentation
    Sponsored by Horticentre Trust and HortFert Plus
Day 2 — June 28
7:30–8:30AM Breakfast
8:30–9:00AM Trade exhibits and networking
Session 5 — selling the future
  • Economic outlook
    Cameron Bagrie

  • Horticulture industry growth challenges & opportunities
    Richard Palmer, Horticulture New Zealand
10:15AM Morning tea
Sponsored by ICL
Session 6 - NZPPI in the spotlight
  • NZPPI in the spotlight
NZPPI Update
    Biosecurity — Responses & GIA
  • Strategy sessions
    Science strategy
    Workforce Strategy
    Biosecurity / Advocacy
12:00PM Conference summary — an Aussie perspective
Peter Vaughan CEO NGI Australia
12:30PM Lunch Sponsored by Transflora
Session 7 — workshops
  • Field trip to Scion
    One Billion Tree Nursery Strategy launch & workshop (MPI)
  • Business workshop
    Cameron Bagrie

  • Succession planning workshop
    Ian Blackman (
3:30PM Conference finishes


  • Conference Partners
  • Gala Dinner
  • Silver
    • Norwood
    • Scion Research
  • Young Achiever Award
    • Horticentre & HortPlus
  • Bronze
    • ICL
    • Daltons
    • Egmont
    • Good To Grow
    • Egmont Seeds
    • Transflora
  • Sessions
    • Waimea
    • Yates
  • Functions
    • Growsafe