NZGSTA Conference 2022

New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association


“Focus on the Future”


2022 Annual Conference

1st – 2nd November 2022

Te Pae Convention & Exhibition Centre, Christchurch

Registrations now Open


Tuesday 1st November 2022 – Programme

10:00amRegistration Desk Opens
11:45amNZGSTA President Welcome and Lunch
– Forage & Turf – Chair – Callum Davidson
Arable Update – Herbage Seed Subsection Federated Farmers – Chair John McCaw

– Services to Seed – Chair – Steve Pugh
– Grains & Pulses – Chair – Ed Luisetti
– Vegetable Seed – Chair – Charlotte Connoley

3:00pmAfternoon Tea & Refreshments
4:30pmWelcome Drinks & Cocktail Function – The Christchurch Club (Dress Code Business / Race Day Attire) Melbourne Cup 
7:30pmDelegates own time

Wednesday 2nd November 2022 – Programme

9:00amWelcome, NZGSTA President & Minister of Agriculture – Hon Damien O’Connor & Christchurch Councillor Phil Mauger
9:15amDoug Avery – Resilient Farmer: “Growing our Wellbeing, Developing our Talents”
10:00amNZGSTA Strategy Feedback
10:45amMorning Tea & Refreshments
11:00amRegulatory Systems Update:
Dr Chris Hill
– EPA – “Seed Treatments Review”; 
George Gerard & Evan Johnston – NZSA – “Seed Certification Modernization”
12:30pm Sponsors & Scholarship Presentations – tbc
2:00pmDr Jacqueline Rowarth “What does the ETS mean for the Seed Industry”
2:45pmSponsors Presentations – Ivan Lawrie – SIRC; Peter Engel – Hazlett
3.15pmAfternoon Tea & Refreshments
3:30pmStuart Anderson – MPI – Deputy Director General Biosecurity;
Carolyn Bleach – MPI Incursion Investigator – “Biosecurity NZ/on-line trade of seeds & their risk to the environment (post border)”
4:15pmNadia Lim -“Bridging the urban-rural divide”
6:15pmPre-Dinner Drinks & Gala Dinner – Riccarton Park Function Centre
Entertainment – The Court Jesters
Programme as at 1 June 2022

Hotel Accommodation

Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

764 Colombo Street, Christchurch


Accommodation – Negotiated rates have been arranged for the conference. Standard King Room $280 per night.  Click on the following link to book accommodation.

Breakfast – rates are inclusive of full buffet breakfast served daily in the Marketplace Restaurant.

Please note the following information regarding accommodation:

  • A contact number/email and credit card must be provided.
  • Guests are responsible for payment of room direct to the hotel.
  • Cancellation is 30 days prior to arrival date. Bookings cancelled within 30 days will be charged a cancellation penalty equal to the nights cancelled.
  • The link will expire 60 days prior to arrival and rooms are subject to availability at all times.

Check in time: Standard check time is 3:00pm and early check in is subject to availability.  The concierge team will assist all early arrival guests with the luggage to safely store bags and deliver to rooms when it is available.

Check out time: Standard check out time is 11:00am, any late check-out request is subject to availability.

The hotel offers outdoor self-parking at a cost of $20 per day.  Parking is available 24/7.

Book Accommodation – a weblink will be available once registrations open.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

2022 NZGSTA Conference Sponsorship – NEW

Please contact NZGSTA to register your interest

Please contact us directly with any queries for 2022 Annual Conference.

Sharon Dawe

021 884 744
03 349 8430