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.
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
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
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
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
Reception Drinks & Quiz (Mez Bar, Rydges)
Sponsored by Growsafe
|Day 1 — June 27|
|8:00AM||Trade Show & Displays Open|
Welcome & Opening
Andrew Harrison, NZPPI Chair
Young Achiever introduction
|Session 1 — Keynote|
Raise your results, lower your stress
The future of selling: Five trends shaping purchase behaviour
Dr. Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing, University of Tasmania
Barista Coffee sponsored by Daltons
|Session 2 — future thinking|
Jerf van Beek, National Seasonal Labour Coordinator, Horticulture NZ
sponsored by GoodtoGrowNZ
|Session 3 — workshops|
|Session 4 — a world of opportunity|
|4:15PM||AGM & Forum|
Trade Show Happy Hour
|Day 2 — June 28|
|8:30–9:00AM||Trade exhibits and networking|
|Session 5 — selling the future|
Sponsored by ICL
|Session 6 - NZPPI in the spotlight|
Conference summary — an Aussie perspective
Peter Vaughan CEO NGI Australia
|12:30PM||Lunch Sponsored by Transflora|
|Session 7 — workshops|
Young Achiever Award