NZPPI Conference

27-28 June, Rydges Rotorua

Conference | NZPPI

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 brings together the who’s who of the New Zealand Plant producer Industry. Join us for networking, drinks and great food. Be inspired by Olympic Gold medalist and champion Emirates Team New Zealand member Joe Sullivan. And celebrate the future leaders of our industry with the presentation of the Young Achiever Award.

  • Young Achievers Competition

    Young Achievers Competition

    The Young Achiever competition provides an opportunity for personal and professional development for our future young achievers. After a day of intense competition and assessment the finalists will join us to present their speeches at the Gala Dinner, with the winner being presented on the night.

  • NZPPI in the Spotlight

    NZPPI in the Spotlight

    Join us for the opportunity to review NZPPI’s progress and provide your feedback and input on upcoming plans. This is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

  • 1 Billion Trees Launch

    1 Billion Trees Launch

    The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees over 10 years (between 2018 and 2027). MPI’s initial estimates suggest about 500 million trees will be delivered through current planting rates. Their aim is to increase the rate of planting to meet the Government’s goal. Learn all about this fantastic opportunity for our industry and growth possibilities for your business.


Please note: Programme and speakers are subject to change.

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
8AM Trade Show & Displays Open
8:45AM Welcome & Opening
Mayor Chadwick
Andrew Harrison, NZPPI Chair
Young Achiever introduction
Session 1 — Keynote
9:15AM A world of opportunities

9:50AM The future of selling: Five trends shaping purchase behaviour
Dr. Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing, University of Tasmania
10:30AM Morning Tea

Session 2 — future thinking
11:00AM Workforce challenges
Jerf van Beek, National Seasonal Labour Coordinator, Horticulture NZ
  • Plant Producers
  • Garden Retailers
    • Topic TBC
      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
Session 3 — workshops
    • Plant Producer Workshop
      Sponsored by Waimea Nurseries
    • Tree breeding & genetic resource
    • Software & technology solutions for plant growers Patrick Malley and Christoph Kistler, Dataphyll
    • Topic TBC Speaker TBC
    • Retailers
    • 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
  • Networking break

Young Achiever Profiles
Session 4 — a world of opportunity
  • One Billion trees
    Julie Collins — 

  • 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
5PM 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
8:30–9AM Trade exhibits and networking
Session 5 - selling the future
  • Economic outlook
    Cameron Bagrie

  • Selling the future
    Speaker TBC
9:40AM Trees that Count
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
Session 7 — workshops
  • Field trip to Scion
    One Billion Tree Nursery Strategy launch & workshop (MPI)
  • Business workshop
    Cameron Bagrie

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


  • Conference Partners
  • Gala Dinner
  • Silver
    • Norwood
    • Scion Research
  • Young Achiever Award
    • Horticentre & HortPlus
  • Bronze
    • ICL
    • Daltons
  • Other
    • Waimea
  • Functions
    • Growsafe