About the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day

The BNZ National Horticultural Field Days is an industry-only, two-day business to business event, it is proudly New Zealand’s only focused Horticultural event.  Creating a fantastic opportunity for professional development, showcasing Innovation & Technology and getting face to face with Horticultures stakeholders.This event is key for the entire horticulture industry from students, on the ground workers, entry level personnel, through to mid and senior managers and CEO’s. The BNZ National Horticultural Field Days brings the horticulture community together for a business opportunity, whilst celebrating Horticulture in New Zealand. 

June 26 - 27 2019

Download your ticket HERE

The BNZ National Horticulture Field Day has enjoyed success within its current format for a number of years. Industry stakeholders have requested changes for the 2019 event which include:
  • Increase duration of the event to two days commencing on Wednesday 26 June;
  • Educational focus on highlighting careers across the industry, emphasis placed on the different careers from planting stage through to the produce being purchased at store;
  • Key note speakers from inspirational young leaders, recent graduates and Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers Competition winners during day and powerful panel session / networking function Wednesday night;
  • Breakout sessions during the day highlighting the “rock stars” of the industry, how they got to their current job, what they are doing and where do they plan to go next (driven by industry and key event stakeholders);
  • Innovation to include robotics and key technology changes across sector;
  • Opportunites to network and socialise
  • Planned demonstrations programme

BNZ National Horticultural Field Days are now established as the most significant Horticulture focused event on the industry calendar. 

To get involved CONTACT : Di Roadley 

Special thanks to our longstanding family of sponsors


Admit one

HortiFutures Careers Expo

  • GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge – This fast-paced, one-day competition is for teams of Year 10 students with an interest in technology, science or business. The challenge requires students to apply their subject knowledge and build a prototype solution to a real-life situation being faced by New Zealand's largest export sector.
  • EIT HortiFutures programme – is a practical technology  based programme put together with the support of industry.  Students will have 15 minute snap shot modules to rotate through – presented by young experts in their fields. Modules include weather prediction using technology, virtual reality map reading, water clarity assessments, robotics and several more.
  • Skill based training – designed to upskill current workers we provide training modules for; working at heights, Hydralada, forklift and Growsafe modules.


To register for the GrowingNZ innovation Challenge 26th June

New Zealand's Leading Horticultural Industry Event 2019

Click here to read and Download the Trade Exhibitor Prospectus Pack

Click here to complete your application online


Click here to read our Terms & Conditions

For more information contact Mel Blackmore - 021 703 991          or 06 878 3123 - 704

2019 Trade Exhibitors

The Trade component of the Field Days is the backbone to the event’s success. Providing a ‘pure horticulture’ focus means attendees are not clouded by lifestyle or other trades.  Exhibiting at the 2019 event provides you the opportunity to:


  • Grow Market share and profits to attendees from across New Zealand.
  • Generate sales leads for ongoing business post-show.
  • Build brand awareness and loyalty.
  • Showcase new innovations, technologies and adaptations.
  • Build relationships with clients.
  • Expand databases.
  • Opportunities to educate, provide professional development and ‘help desk’ existing clients.
  • Support & grow the Horticulture Industry.


There are a range of options for Trade Exhibitors across both indoor and outdoor trade areas.  We strongly encourage all Trade Exhibitors to maximise their investment by sharing their goals and reason for attending with us so that we can work with you to ensure success.

Our point of difference is the opportunity to talk face to face with your target market.  We provide opportunity for you to showcase and demonstrate your business so that your buyers have the opportunity to really understand the benefits and intricacies of your products. As you know there is nothing quite as powerful as seeing the product and brand in action!  

A dedicated trade specialist will be available to support all exhibitors during the entire process. Our role is to make your investment a success!

We regularly communicate with news, special features and giveaways so keep in touch over the coming months to find out how your business can be profiled as part of the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day.       Facebook

Make an enquiry today so you don't miss out on your spot at this year's BNZ National Horticultural Field Day



Seminar Series

With the support of our many industry experts the NHFD Team are working to build several oportunities.

Opportunities available are:       

  • Specaking as part of a function or launch of Pavilions Programme 
  •  Expert participation in discussions & debates
  • Presenting on horticulture as part of the HortiTalks
  • Platform/forum for major announcements
  • Key note opportunities
  •  Inspirational speaking opportunity at cocktail function
  • Presentation of Awards
  •  Demonstration as part of the Education/Career

If you are an expert in your field, if you have an interesting & inspiring story to tell or would like to take advantage of a speaking opportunity please contact Di Roadley to discuss availability. 0274977303

We are proud to host BNZ's Tony Alexander as our keynote for 2019 HORTICULTURE'S POWER BREAKFAST 


2018 programme:

7.00am    Power Breakfast (Ticketed event)
7.35am  Mayoral Address- Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, Hastings District Council
7.40am  Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist
  Speaker Series – Complimentary attendance
9.00am  Master Class - Massey University
10.00am   Prof. Hamish Gow, Massey University Director of Business Innovation and Strategy
10.30am  Mike Chapman, CEO HortNZ
11.00am  Cr Peter Beaven, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
11.30pm  MP Lawrence Yule, Member of Parliament for Tukituki, Spokesperson for Horticulture
12.30pm Lunch with the experts (Ticketed event)
12.45pm Opening address
12.50pm  Ravensdown Innovation Award presentation
1.00pm   Executive Panel DebateBiosecurity – Are we really prepared to keep pests and diseases out and what lengths will we go to eradicate?Facilitated by Lawrence Yule - MP for Tukituki & Spokesperson for Horticulture, Mike Chapman - CEO Hort NZ, Prof. Hamish Gow - Massey University, James Palmer - CEO HBRCDr Jim Walker - Plant & Food Research NZAlan Pollard – CEO Apples & Pears NZ, Leslie Wilson – President HB Fruitgrowers Association.
2.00pm Close of Seminar Series 2018



BNZ National Horticultural Field Day Competitions 

Several exciting competitions take place each year at the BNZ National Horticultural Field Days, including the Ravensdown Innovation & Environment Award, Hawke's Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year, NZ Hydralada Competition and ECR Forklift competition. 


First Prize $1000 cash!

This award is specifically designed to highlight the technology and innovation that is integral in Horticulture today. As New Zealand’s Horticultural industries grow, advancements in technology and research are integral to the industry’s success. 

The Ravensdown Innovation Award is a way to celebrate the innovation and World class technology that New Zealand businesses are using to transform and grow their industry.  

Previous winners of this award include Plant, Detection Systems, Scionon, Tow and Blow, Rockit Apples, Hydratorq Biofume Ozone and NZ Seaweeds - Bee Nutrician.

Click here to enter the 2019 Ravensdown Innovation & Environment award 
Online Application 

hawke's bay young fruitgrower of the year competition

The Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower competition aims to inspire and acknowledge the talents of young people employed in the fruit sectors in the Hawke’s Bay. This popular event has been running for many years with many talented and successful Hawke's Bay horticulturalists taking part. 

Contestants in the competition demonstrate their practical skills at eight stations during the National Horticultural Field Days, followed by a Dinner event where they participate in a quiz and present a speech on a given topic to the audience.


The challenge will again be laid down to all Hydralada operators to enter the annual New Zealand Hydralada® Competition to be held at the BNZ National Horticultural Field Day on Thursday 27th June at the Showgrounds Hawkes Bay Tomoana.

You must be a competent Hydralada operator to take part. The competition is run from 1pm - 3pm, over a timed course with the ten fastest competitors called back for a final from 3pm. Register on the day. Competitors can complete their first run anytime after 1pm. 

1st $300 cash, 2nd $200 cash, 3rd $100 cash


Entrants have the chance to show off thier skill, efficiency and understanding of safety requirements as they complete challenges set out by the ECR team. You can register on the day and must have an OSH                        Forklift licence.

Competitors will be judged over a set course based on skill and accuracy. Competition runs all day and winner will be announced at the end of the day.

$500 cash prize for the winner

ECR Tractor skills COMPETITION

Entrants have the chance to show off thier skill, efficiency and understanding of safety requirements as they complete challenges set out by the ECR team. You can register on the day.  

Competitors will be judged over a set course based on skill and accuracy. Competition runs all day and winner will be announced at the end of the day.

$500 cash prize for the winner




Visitor Information

The BNZ National Horticultural Field Day is a great opportunity to get away from the Orchard, off the Harvester or out from behind the desk and catch up with others from the industry, learn, explore and network. 


Tickets are complimentary to industry personel and will be available to download HERE from 1st May 2019

To purchase your ticket at the gate is $10


 2019 BNZ National Horticultural Field Day Programme will be available soon

2019 Health & Safety Policy available soon.


The BNZ National Horticultural Field Day includes a comprehensive Trade display featuring businesses selling everything from sprayers and harvesters to pallets, software and pruning equipment.

Alongside these products a range of service providers are on site to discuss health and safety, industry programmes, insurance and accountancy services. 

Unlike other Agricultural Field Days, the National Horticultural Field Day is all about Horticulture. As an industry event, its a great way to attend free seminars presented by industry experts, watch some competitions and network with others from this innovative industry. 


We are currently working with Apples & Pears NZ, EIT , Massey University and other industry Providers to put together a comprehensive School's programme "Pick a career in Horticulture".

This is a great opportunity for Secondary School students to be inspired to pursue a career in Horticulture and learn about the endless opportunities for employment in Horticulture. 

For more information please contact Erin Simpson from Pipfruit NZ. 



Please feel free to make contact with our team if we can be of assistance 

Office Phone: 06 878 3123 or  phone Di Roadley Ph. 0274977303

Or click here to email 

Hawke's Bay A&P Society 
Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana
Kenilworth Road
PO Box 349




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key dates

Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 June 2019
9.00am - 5.00pm

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