Conference 2021

The Canterbury Branch is delighted to be hosting the 64th NZGFA Annual Conference. 

Resilience - Staying Strong for Tomorrow's Challenges

From earthquakes, mountains rise

Sunday 27th - Tuesday 29th June 2021

The 2021 NZGFA Conference is an excellent opportunity for you to join the largest annual gathering of ground spreading professionals for friendship, fun, inspiration and business development.

Whether you are a sole operator, part of a larger ground spreading company, a supplier, manufacturer or a stakeholder, the NZGFA Canterbury branch welcomes you and your families.

We are excited to announce that the Hermitage Hotel in Aoraki Mount Cook will be our location. This really is a very special part of New Zealand with breath-taking views and first-class facilities. This will definitely be a conference to remember. You can find out more about the local area at www.mackenzie.com

The theme for the cancelled conference in 2020 was “Resilience - Staying Strong for Tomorrow's Challenges”, and it seems just as appropriate for take-two with this theme after having to miss last year's conference and adapting our businesses during the global pandemic. However, we in Canterbury are reminded again that from devastations and natural disaster we have the opportunity to find beauty in adapting, overcoming and looking towards a new day.

This year we are lucky enough to have mountaineer and motivational speaker Mark Inglis coming to Aoraki Mount Cook to be our Master of Ceremonies. We are also very excited to welcome North Otago Farmer, Jane Smith, social entrepreneur, Robert Bruce  and David Downs to share their incredible stories of resilience with us. These amazing speakers are testament to the theme of our conference that, from earthquakes, mountains rise; and that, from struggle, we will be stronger.

We are proud to offer our delegates, sponsors and invited-guests an incredible and inspiring two and a half days at the foot of New Zealand’s highest and most spectacular mountain. Alongside our top-class speakers, there will be presentations, relevant business sessions, the NZGFA Awards and Gala Dinner and an exciting partners' and childrens' programme - all against a backdrop of one-stop shop networking and catching up with friends (and meeting new ones).

If you are keen to participate in the partners' and childrens' programme, please complete our quick survey so we can better gauge which activities you would you like.

If you are considering sponsoring this event, we welcome the opportunity to work with your business to provide the most suitable sponsorship model that will ensure maximum benefit for delegates, exhibitors and sponsors alike. For full information, please email conference.canterbury@nzgfa.com or you can contact: Rosalie Hyslop on 027 214 1790 or 03 434 7731, and Kylie Stenton on 027 484 7646.

As in previous years, we require all attendees to follow a two-step process:

  1. Complete the 2021 Delegate Registration Form.
  2. Book accommodation directly with the hotel by emailing reservations@hermitage.co.nz - quoting promo code NZGFA to receive your membership discount. Alternatively, you can ring reception on 0800 68 68 00 or  03 435 1809.

Thank you to the Otago - Southland branch for a wonderful 62nd Conference.

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