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NUFFIELD2020 TRIENNIAL

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

21-29 MARCH (INCLUSIVE), 2020

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 2020 
WELCOME - CHRISTCHURCH

  • REGISTRATION FROM 1:00PM

  • OPENING FUNCTION 5PM

MONDAY 23 MARCH, 2020 

INTERNATIONAL AGRIBUSINESS SUMMIT + DINNER - CHRISTCHURCH

TUESDAY 24 MARCH, 2020
NORTH CANTERBURY TOURS
FULL DAY FIELD VISITS - 3 TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH, 2020 

INTENSIVE FAMILY FARMING BUSINESSES - CHRISTCHURCH TO TEKAPO

Departing Christchurch, the conference heads south incorporating a crossing of the picturesque Rakaia Gorge, to spend the day in the mid-Canterbury region. Here, we get to visit some family farming businesses operating in the area. 
FARMING VISIT OPTIONS:

  • Intensive Arable 

  • Intensive Dairy 

  • Integrated Farm Systems 

  • Intensive Arable + Vegetable 

  • Foothill Sheep & Beef 

  • Foothills Walking

THURSDAY 26 MARCH, 2020
HIGH COUNTRY - TEKAPO
3 TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

FRIDAY 27 MARCH, 2020
HIGH COUNTRY - TEKAPO - QUEENSTOWN
3 TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

SATURDAY 28 MARCH, 2020
CENTRAL OTAGO - QUEENSTOWN
3 TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2020
CANTERBURY FIELD TOURS
FULL DAY FIELD VISIT - 3 TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

*tour includes accommodation night of the 29th March to join the final gala dinner.

Check out is 30 March 2020.

SUNDAY 29 MARCH, 2020
- QUEENSTOWN
PANEL DISCUSSION - Development, diversity and tourism: the associated challenges in Central Otago region followed by an afternoon of Queenstown activities.

FINAL GALA DINNER – Join us at a mystery location to celebrate our time together in New Zealand on the Nuffield2020 Triennial Tour.

MONDAY 30 MARCH, 2020
SAFE JOURNEY HOME OR BOOK FOR THE TECHNICAL TOURS see information here:
Welcome to check out at leisure today, unless you are joining us for the Technical Tours, we will bid you farewell for a safe onward journey. Airport transfers will be available and you will receive more information.

FIELD TOUR OPTIONS

 

CANTERBURY FIELD TOURS - CHRISTCHURCH - 22 MARCH, 2020

Intensive Central Canterbury

Today we will be exploring competing land uses in a range of locations on the nearby Central Canterbury Plains, west of Christchurch. We’ll hear about and witness world class infrastructure and supply chain processes at Fonterra’s Darfield dairy factory, see intensive pasture- based dairy farming in action at King’s and learn of the environmental challenges of water supply and irrigation at Wright’s Arable and Potato Farm. Versatility and innovation are the cornerstone of these progressive businesses. These  tours bracket a delicious lunch at The Oaks in Darfield.

Traditional Banks Peninsula

The implicit relationship between this unique environment and our cultural values runs deep. A mix of traditional farming systems, innovation and Maori heritage will make for a fascinating tour on Banks Peninsula, east of Christchurch. The way our culture is woven into the fabric of our farming systems on land and sea is highlighted by a visit to Onuku Marae; observing aquaculture farming methods at nearby Pigeon Bay and a stopover at a Charolais Stud farm. 

Urban Renaissance - Christchurch

For the jetlagged and weary, take a later kick off with an alternative metropolitan tour. Receive rare insights into the work taking place since the earthquake struck on February 22nd  2011 with exciting new developments underway and more planned for the future. This will be an exceptional experience for those wanting to learn about a catastrophic event in New Zealand’s history and the resilience of people to regroup and rebuild. Afterwards there will be time to relax and indulge in some retail therapy!

 

NORTH CANTERBURY TOURS - CHRISTCHURCH - 24 MARCH, 2020

New Approach to Scale

Embracing farming on a large scale in an eco-friendly, natural sustainable way while under a watchful eye is exemplified by the farms we visit today. Pamu Farms, the brand name for the Crown owned Landcorp Farming Ltd strives to lead best practice in farming and add value through innovation and provenance branding. Patoa Farms, the visionary project of owners Steve and Jens, aims to raise pigs as close to their natural habitat as possible using eco barns, straw shelters and large farrowing paddocks.

North Canterbury Lifestyles

Celebrated for its dazzling homes and gardens, North Canterbury has a treat in store for those taking this tour today. A relaxing meander through restored historic homesteads to appreciate our classic colonial and contemporary architecture enhanced by the display of gardens in their late summer glory. A stop for lunch at internationally significant ‘Flaxmere’ will be a welcome respite with the day culminating in a visit to Pegasus Bay winery for a wine tasting.

Succession Through Innovation

Learn more of the objectives of the successful business which Ngai Tahu Farming conducts on 100,000 ha of farm and forestry land at Te Waipounamu. They work in line with sustainable iwi values to create employment opportunities with a multi-generational focus for the Ngai Tahu people. Our day also includes a visit to North Canterbury’s award-winning Island Hills Stations honey facility in Waipara. Dan and Mandy Shand run a 7000ha high country family farm encompassing a 2000 hive honey operation, an agri-tourism venture and farming software company.

 

INTENSIVE FAMILY FARMING BUSINESSES - CHRISTCHURCH TO TEKAPO - 25 MARCH, 2020

Departing Christchurch, the conference heads south incorporating a crossing of the picturesque Rakaia Gorge, to spend the day in the mid-Canterbury region. Here, we get to visit some family farming businesses operating in the area.

The focus will be on irrigation infrastructure, water use and availability and how these farmers handle the challenges present in this highly intensified environment. Water provision and delivery is a key element of farming in the mid Canterbury district and there’s an opportunity to witness how irrigation infrastructure works to serve around 110,000ha of land. The region’s water delivery infrastructures are a mix of older government-funded and newer farmer-funded facilities throwing up some interesting challenges in the securing and distribution of resilient water supply in a user pays model. This is also a chance to gain insight into the leading-edge environmental initiatives being championed by the co-operative farmer shareholders.

From there, you’ll be divided into groups of 10-12 to spend the afternoon including lunch with expressly selected high-performance farming families for whom you’ve indicated a special interest in learning more about. These farmers have generously agreed to open the gates on their lives and a visit will give you an exceptional in-depth experience around the drivers and challenges of these businesses. There will also be a lighter walking option on offer.

Farming visit options:

Intensive Arable 

Intensive Dairy 

Integrated Farm Systems 

Intensive Arable + Vegetable 

Foothill Sheep & Beef 

Foothills Walking

 

HIGH COUNTRY - TEKAPO - 26 MARCH, 2020

Mackenzie Basin Majesty

Situated on the northern shores of Lake Benmore, in the spectacular Mackenzie Basin, 22,000ha Haldon Station is blessed with uninterrupted views of New Zealand’s highest peak – Mt Cook. Here, in this pristine landscape, high quality livestock including merinos, red deer, Hereford and Black Angus cattle are successfully bred against the backdrop of world class scenery and sometimes harsh conditions. We will be stopping for lunch here and learning more of the work and history of this iconic award-winning  property before heading back to Tekapo to learn about the story of Balmoral. For the Simpson family, Balmoral has been a huge property development in a unique environment.

Altitude Encounters

The picturesque township of Tekapo has the trifecta of  appealing sightseeing elements – history, scenery and refreshment. A photographer’s dream, the turquoise blue lake and dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps are astonishing in their powerful beauty. The very beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd with neighbouring sheepdog statue on the lake shore, is a must-see. Trek up Mt John for a higher perspective, play a round of golf and perhaps follow up this strenuous activity with a soak in the hot pools then a bite to eat. We then return to Tekapo to join the other groups to learn about the story of Balmoral.

Breaking the Ice with Merino

Three generations of the  Murray clan have worked and shaped the Glenmore Station of today - a high country sheep station and renowned merino stud in the heart of Mackenzie Country. Our visit will draw attention to Glenmore’s leading edge involvement with the supply of merino wool to the Icebreaker clothing brand -  contributing to the phenomenal worldwide admiration for this versatile fibre. Lunch at the station provides a relaxing setting to connect with this quintessential high country property and its innovative owners. We then return to Tekapo to join the other groups to learn about the story of Balmoral.

 

HIGH COUNTRY - TEKAPO - QUEENSTOWN - 27 MARCH, 2020

Natural Delights

Take a deep dive at Mt Cook Salmon into the farming of world-class alpine salmon sourced from the ice cold fresh water emanating from deep in the Southern Alps - the purest on the planet. Venator Cardrona Safaris and lodge is part of the diversified business of a South Canterbury farming family. Hamish and Duncan Fraser and family have been actively hunting around the world for decades, constantly learning and refining their operation.  Also hear the storey of local helicopter operator, farmer and tourism business owner Jonathon Wallis of Minaret Station. Finally, Have a tipple at our lunch and tour at the Cardrona Distillery - 100% family-owned and offering hand-crafted gin, whiskey, vodka and liqueurs.

Collecting  Memories

One of the largest private collections in the world, the Wanaka based transport and toy museum holds a fascinating array of aircraft, cars, trucks, farm vehicles and toys of all kinds. Take a deep dive at Mount Cook Salmon into the farming of world-class alpine salmon sourced from the ice cold fresh water emanating from deep in the Southern Alps – the purest on the planet. Have a tipple at our lunch and tour at the Cardrona Distillery – 100% family-owned and offering hand-crafted gin, whiskey, vodka and liqueurs.

Alpine Innovation

We visit Bendigo Station, a diverse property of some 12,000 hectares and home to Shrek the sheep and the pioneering Perriam family. A story unfolds of gold dust, wool and innovation as the family have diversified from the traditional to an extensive viticulture development. Take a deep dive at Mount Cook Salmon into the farming of world-class alpine salmon sourced from the ice cold fresh water emanating from deep in the Southern Alps – the purest on the planet. Have a tipple at our tour and lunch at the Cardrona Distillery – 100% family-owned and offering hand-crafted gin, whiskey, vodka and liqueurs.

 

CENTRAL OTAGO - QUEENSTOWN - 28 MARCH, 2020

The Seeds of Change

We’re visiting Wilkins Farming today – a family business producing a diverse range of crops including cereal, pulses and stock forage, as well as running livestock including sheep, cattle, deer and dairy over their own and leased land holdings. Their long term view blends environmental, economic and social sustainability goals. Witness self-sufficiency at 40,000ha Mt Nicholas Station - the property produces its own hydro-electricity on one of the largest stations in New Zealand. Calling in for dinner at world-renowned Gibbston Valley Winery will be the perfect end to the day.

Alpine Playground

Queenstown - the definitive alpine mecca for locals and international visitors.  A day is scarcely enough time to take it in but enjoy exploring the township with its boutique shops, vibrant waterfront and superb eateries. Take a stroll around one of the many nature walks or head onto the lake in a range of craft, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this stunning location in all its glory. For adrenalin junkies there are numerous ways to escalate your heartbeat from jet boating to bungie jumps.  Follow in the footsteps of passionate wine-lovers and take the trip out to world-renowned Gibbston Valley Winery for dinner.

A Centre for Growth 

A veritable fruit salad  of research, innovation and production is on offer today. A visit to Plant & Food Research to learn more of their Summerfruit breeding programme. Clyde Orchards are home to delectable cherries, apricots, nectarines and peaches – and export their superb produce internationally. The 11ha horticultural hub of Bannockburn  is a learning centre for students tending to the pruning, irrigation and care of the cherry trees and grape vine varieties. Calling in for dinner at world-renowned Gibbston Valley Winery will be the perfect end to the day.