Annual Conference

Every year (bar one in 2020 due to Covid-19), since the organisation’s inception in 1956, Groundspread NZ (NZGFA) has hosted an annual conference for all its members. Organised, in turn, by the regional branches, each event provides members with an important networking opportunity as well as a chance to increase their business knowledge and stimulate their motivation.

A mix of excellent speakers, business information sessions and a good company means that most members mark the Groundspread NZ (NZGFA) Conference as a ‘must’ in their diaries. Where members wish to bring partners and families, a fun partners’ programme is provided.

Importantly, the Conference incorporates the NZGFA AGM.

In 2019, the format of the conference changed to include the celebration of the inaugural Groundspread NZ Awards at a formal Gala Dinner.

The 2022 Groundspread NZ Conference takes place at The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth between Sunday 10th July and Tuesday 12th July.

Please contact the team in Taranaki with any conference enquiries at

Since the organisation’s inception in 1956, the NZGFA has hosted an annual conference for all members. The regional branches each take turns to organise the conference – which features great speakers, workshops, business information sessions as well as networking and good fun.

The 63rd Fertiliser Groundspread Conference 2019
“Technology the Enabler” 7th - 10th July 2019 Wairakei Resort Taupo

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The Waikato Branch of the Groundspread Association are looking forward to you joining them in Taupo next year for the 63rd Fertiliser Groundspread Conference.

Waikato is a beautiful region with lots of things to see and do. We hope to see as many as our members as possible at the conference and staying on to enjoy what our region has to offer. The conference will be held at Wairakei Resort in Taupo. Wairakei is a great venue with plenty of accommodation available on site. We are excited to be able to run all our business session there too. Wairakei are offering us discounted room rates for the conference, and the ability for you to extend your stay should you wish. Please click on the booking link below.

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The organising committee are busy planning an interesting an informative conference for you all.

With the Theme “Technology the Enabler” we are looking forward to seeing some interesting and innovative solutions on display for use with in our industry.
We also have some great speakers lined up, and some good business sessions planned.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, (listed below) without their support we could not bring you such a great conference. So please take some time to check out their trade stands and listen to how they could possibly help you.

We are bringing a few changes to the conference format this year, one of them being a black tie Gala dinner with industry awards demonstrating excellence. More details of this will be sent out to you in due course.

Please find below links to our online registration form, plus an accommodation booking form. The earlier you can register and book your accommodation the better.

We look forward to seeing you all in July.


Navigating Change

With the uncertain times that we live in, and the challenges that businesses face as we operate during a global pandemic, imposed regulatory regulations on the agriculture sector and the new strategic direction of the NZGFA, it is only appropriate that the 2022 conference theme aligns with the changing landscape: Navigating Change.


Thank you to all our sponsors over the past few years:

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

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