Watch this space for information about the 2018 conference and AGM



Conference 2018

"Our Food Story"

23-25th July 2018, at the Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch

Save the date!

The TomatoesNZ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 23rd July, as part of the Horticulture Conference, 23rd – 25th July 2018, at Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

We are excited that the conference is returning to Christchurch for the first time since the 2011 earthquakes. An engaging programme is being developed for the conference which will include a repeat of the successful “Vegetable Industry Dinner” held for the first time at conference last year.

TomatoesNZ will again be offering members’ assistance with registration and travel costs for those fresh tomato growers attending conference.  Keep an eye out for more details over the next couple of months!  AGM remits are required by Tuesday 5th June.


Conference 2017
Conference 2016
Conference 2015

Conference 2017

July 12th - 14th, 2017

ASB Arena,  Tauranga


The TomatoesNZ Incorporated Annual General Meeting  and conference was held on Wednesday 12th July alongside The Horticulture Conference, 12th - 14th July. 

Download the 2017 TomatoesNZ AGM & Conference papers

All fresh tomato growers are invited to attend the AGM, to be held at 1:00pm, Wednesday 12th July, at ASB Baypark Stadium, Tauranga.

Lunch will be available before the AGM from 12:00pm.

Following the AGM there will be a range of concurrent conference presentations. These will be joint sessions with Vegetables New Zealand and the New Zealand Asparagus Council. There will be topics of interest to both indoor and outdoor growers.

There will be a Vegetable Grower’s Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 12th. This will be a chance to relax and catch up with fellow vegetable growers at a smaller event than the main conference awards dinner on Thursday night.


Programme, Wednesday 12th July


TomatoesNZ Sessions

12.00 - 13.00        


13.00 - 14.00



14.00 - 14.30

Afternoon Tea

14.30 - 15.30

Conference Sessions


15.30 - 16.30

Conference Sessions

16.30 - 18.00


18.00 - 19.30

Welcome Reception

19.30 - 23.00


Vegetable Industry Dinner



AGM Remits

TomatoesNZ’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 12th July, at ASB Baypark, Tauranga.

Remits for the AGM can be submitted up until 5:00pm, Wednesday 14th June.

Please contact Lynda Banks, PO Box 10232, The Terrace Wellington 6143,, with any queries. 

Conference 2016

The TomatoesNZ Conference and AGM was held on Wednesday the 3rd of August, as part of The Horticulture Conference - Innovate from seed to plate, 3-5th August, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.

TomatoesNZ Inc. Annual Report and conference papers.

 Presentations now available below

 TomatoesNZ AGM and Conference Programme - Wednesday 3rd August

10:15 am
Tomatoes NZ and Tomatoes NZ Incorporated AGMs (concurrent) Download papers
11:15 am


12:00 pm


Andrew Barber, Agrilink - Greenhouse nutrient discharge project outcomes. Download presentation


Michael Bledsoe, Village Farms International - North American tomato challenges and solutions.  Download presentation
12:30 pm
 1:30 pm
Michael Bledsoe, Village Farms International - North American Greenhouse overview, from emerging greenhouse structures & crops,  to pesticide registration process and products. Download presentation - Part one; Part two
 2:30 pm
Afternoon tea
 3:00 pm
Dr. Erin O'Donoghue, Plant & Food Research - The secret postharvest life of tomatoes Download presentation
4:30 pm
Horticulture NZ AGM
 6:00 pm
Cocktail welcome function


AGMARDT logo 2016 CMYK2

We are excited to confirm that our international guest speaker for Conference is Michael Bledsoe, Ph.D. Village Farms International, VP Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs. His visit is sponsored by AGMARDT

Village Farms International is one of the largest producers of premium quality greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America, owning and operating seven greenhouse facilities in British Columbia and Texas.

 Michael has been involved in agriculture for over 40 years, the first 22 with crop protection firm Valent USA, and the last 18 years with Village Farms.  Michael’s Ph.D. is in Entomology and he has managed all of the new minor use greenhouse product registrations for the US, and serves on the Canadian minor use program for greenhouses.

 Mike will give an overview of the North American greenhouse industry, their pest challenges, and how they are addressing them.

TNZ funding for members

TomatoesNZ will reimburse your registration cost[1] for the three Conference days (3rd, 4th and 5th August), plus up to $500 towards travel and accommodation for up to two delegates per levy-paying member.  This offer is available for 15 member entities on a first-in-first served basis (i.e. up to 30 delegates will be funded).   Download a claim form.



Remits for the TomatoesNZ AGM on Wednesday 3rd August can be accepted up until 5:00pm on 6 July 2016.

Conference 2015

27th -29th July  - Rotorua 

The 2015 TomatoesNZ Conference and AGM was held on Tuesday 28th July at the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua. It was part of the Horticulture New Zealand Conference “Managing Risk in Your Business”.  

Download the  Conference Programme 2015.docx

Download the 2015 Conference Agenda and Papers.pdf 

In 2015 TomatoesNZ is brought Ines van Marrewijk, Product Manager at Groen AgroControl in The Netherlands to New Zealand to speak at the confernece. Ines specialises in covered crop plant hygiene, particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of difficult to control root diseases; water quality and disinfection; plus has expertise in managing food safety and pesticide residues.


Ines gave two presentations to growers at the 2015 Conference.  The slides can be downloaded below:

Morning Session Presentation "Managing Residues and MRL's"

Afternoon Session Presentation "Covered Crop Hygiene"


An article with comments and advice from Ines was also published in the NZ Grower:



Ines’ visit to NZ was sponsored by AGMARDT.