Summer Conference Programme

'Celebrating our success'

23 February 2022


Register your attendance at the registration desk. Have your vaccine pass ready.

Mix and mingle until conference starts at 9.30 am

As well as Agcarm President, Gavin manages the Nufarm New Zealand business where he enjoys developing great teams, driving strategic innovations, solving problems, creating value-added customer solutions, and developing planned and proactive solutions for a rapidly changing industry.

Having started his career as an agronomist, he has first-hand experience of the value these solutions can provide for growers in the field. This experience has helped him to keep the end-user front of mind when developing any innovative solutions and opportunities.

Gavin is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne.

Deputy Chairperson for Governance and Administration; MP for Nelson, Labour Party


Rachel lives in Nelson with her husband Scott, and before entering Parliament worked as a Health and Safety Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Nelson. In her previous role as an Organiser with FIRST Union, she negotiated collective employment agreements with large companies like Nelson Pine, lifting wages for hundreds of workers in the Nelson region.

Rachel previously volunteered on the Boards of Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge and the Nelson Environment Centre. She was the Chair of Labour's Policy Council leading up to the election. A trained singer, she has a Music Degree from the University of Auckland and was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir. She also enjoys spending time at Tahunanui beach with Scott and their Labrador, Phoebe.

Read more on the Labour website

Light refreshments, heading back to the main conference for next speaker at 10:50

Julian's background is in agriculture and horticulture with over forty year's experience.

He is actively involved in a wide range of businesses regionally and nationally. This has been at both a management and a governance level. These companies are generally export focused in food production, processing and marketing. His family operation (Raine Group) covers a range of activities from horticulture to agriculture covering a range of horticultural crops including apples, berries and gold kiwifruit to dairy, beef and timber production. Approximately 90% of all product produced is exported.

He is the chairman and a shareholder of Wai-West Horticulture. This business owns, leases and manages a total area ~300 ha of orchard on the Waimea Plains. Wai-West has additional investments in post harvest operations covering packing, cool storage and exporting. Additional directorships include Cold Storage Nelson (CSN), NZ Dairy Desserts Co, Raine Farms Ltd, Aunt Jeans Dairy, Oaklands Milk Ltd, NZ Boysenberry Council, Boysenberries NZ, Wairua Hops, Waimea Water Ltd and Waimea lrrigators Ltd.

During 2013 he was elected to the Board of Horticulture NZ and served as President for five years until 2019.

He is a Nuffield Scholar, studying & travelling in 1997 and chaired the NZ Nuffield Trust from 2011 to 2016.

Julian is married to Cathy; they have 3 adult children and a small herd of grandchildren.

We will conduct our Annual General Meeting and elect nominees to fill any vacant positions on the board.  Yearly financials and any other general business will be discussed with the membership.

NB: This is a member-only session.  All non-members will be asked to leave the room.

Lunch and an opportunity to network in the breakout room, before our next speaker at 13:30

Ian comes from the Whangarei suburb of Kamo and has always been known as the ‘Kamo Kid’. In 1990 Ian made his debut for the All Blacks, against Scotland at Carisbrook in Dunedin where he scored a try.  By coincidence, in 1996, also at Carisbrook and also playing against Scotland, he celebrated his 50th cap with another try. He played his Super 12 rugby for the Chiefs and his NPC career for North Harbour.

Ian was a casualty of criticism in earlier years, due to his perceived ‘lack of bulk’ to become one of New Zealand rugby's greatest ever locks.
In 1999 he left the New Zealand game to play for the English club Gloucester. When he retired, he was the most capped All Black lock with 79 tests. During his nine years with the All Blacks, he played 35 consecutive tests.

Ian returned to New Zealand in 2002, after retiring from the game, and is now a regular television commentator with Sky TV.

In the 2010 New Year Honours, Ian was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby.

Light refreshments, heading back to the main conference for our panel session at 15:00

Wayne Langford, Federated Farmers Nelson representative & Founder of Meat the Need

Wayne Langford and his wife Tyler are dairy farmers from Golden Bay, milking 250 cows once-a-day. Wayne sits as the National Dairy Chair for Federated Farmers, Golden Bay Feds President, Primary ITO Stakeholders Council, Rural Service Centre Vice Chairman, and Te Whare Mahana Board Member. He is also known as the YOLOFarmer, a social media platform with a following of over 125,000 people.


Blake Mackie, Plant & Food Research

As the General Manager, Partnerships & Growth at Plant & Food Research (PFR), Blake Mackie is responsible for a nationwide team of 20 business managers, who act as the interface between PFR science and partners. This team works with key partners, including in crop protection, to create value for industry from PFR’s five science portfolios.

Previously, Blake worked for Syngenta Crop Protection, between 2005 and 2020, in several sales, marketing and strategy leadership roles, based in Asia, Europe and New Zealand.








Guy Salmon - TBC

Agcarm President, Gavin Kerr, will reflect on the key findings and take aways of the day.

Bus leaves for McCashins brewery at 17:45

Beer tastings and talk at 18:00

Dinner at 19:00

Mini vans head back to accommodation at 22:00