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

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The TomatoesNZ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 5:00pm, Monday 23rd July, as part of the Horticulture Conference, 23rd – 25th July 2018, at Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

Click here  for an overview of the conference programme and to register.

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.

The AGM and conference papers will be mailed to TomatoesNZ members and available here for download in early July

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 Programme Highlights

Monday 23rd July

This year the conference programme begins with field trips from 11:00am – 4:00pm, to sites of horticultural interest around wider Christchurch. Meadow Mushrooms is a confirmed host, with two or three further locations to be confirmed.

From 1:00pm - 3:00pm Vegetables New Zealand and Process Vegetables New Zealand have a session on soil management which all growers are welcome to attend.

The TomatoesNZ AGM will be at 5:00pm, followed by the conference welcome reception at 6:00pm.


Vegetable Industry Dinner

We are repeating the successful “Vegetable Industry Dinner” format from last year on the first night of conference. This will be held from 7:30pm at the unique Cardboard Cathedral in central Christchurch and provide a chance to mix-and-mingle with fellow vegetable industry people. We are thrilled to have innovative Māroi chef Monique Fiso of Hiakai as our guest dinner speaker, talking about the evolution of the NZ food story and the role of NZ producers.

Hiakai is a leading innovator in the New Zealand food scene.  Monique Fiso has been challenging the status quo on Māori food in New Zealand while also playing a huge role in keeping traditional Māori food culture alive.

Not to be missed!


Tuesday 24th  July

Tuesday opens with New Zealand growers telling their stories, about innovative marketing, positioning and sustainability.  

This is followed by a sessions on overcoming constraints on growing,the post-pesticide age, and further tools for production, leading in to the HortNZ AGM at 4:00pm     

The Gala Dinner is on Tuesday night.


Wednesday 25th July

Wednesday morning starts with a Women in Horticulture Breakfast, and then the sessions move along the production chain to distribution, retail, and rounding off the conference with the consumer story, with Zespri, NZTE and Rabobank speakers, closing at 1:00pm.


Conference funding for members

TomatoesNZ will reimburse the registration plus dinner costs, 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).   A claim form can be downloaded here.


AGM Remits

Remits for the TomatoesNZ AGM on Monday 23rd July can be accepted up until 5:00pm on Tuesday 5th June.

 Please phone or email me on or phone 0508 467 869 if you need more information.


Nominations for Board positions

Please see this information about nominating representatives for the TomatoesNZ Board.

Nominations must be submitted, using this form, to Josie by 5pm on Tuesday 5th June

If you have any questions or want to discuss the above, please get in touch with us on 0508 467 869.  


We look forward to seeing you there!


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





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.



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.