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

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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


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Wednesday 26th June 2019



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The Hawke's Bay Regional Council Luncheon is on Wednesday 26th from 12pm til 1.30pm in the BNZ Marquee. Steven Carden, Chief Executive of Pamu, the largest farming company in New Zealand will be speaking at the launch lunch. Tickets can be purchased through or Phone: 06 878 3123

RSVP by 20 June 2019 


The Tech and Innovation Symposium is located in the BNZ Marquee on Wednesday 26th June. Bring you team along from 1.30pm til 5pm to enjoy a showcase of exciting presentations designed to inspire, inform and certainly open your eyes to future possibilities. Throughout the Symposium there will be presentations from Landwise, AgResearch, T&G, Compac, Ferntech and HortNZ. The Tech and Innovation Symposium will follow directly on from the HBRC Lunch and the cost is included in your entry ticket.


The Hawke's Bay A&P Society invite you to enjoy a networking opportunity with like-minded industry people. This function is on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 5pm til 7.30pm in the BNZ Marquee. Celebrate excellence in Horticulture innovation and business expertise. Tickets are $20 which can be purchased through



phone: 06 878 3123


Thursday Programme

Come along for a Full programme of engagement 

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Highlights include:

Power Breakfast with BNZ and Tony Alexander


BNZ National Horticulture Field Days are proud to host Tony Alexander as our keynote speaker for the Power Breakfast. Tony's distinctive presentation style is both informative and inspiring. 

Bring your team along to focus your business acumen global impacts on a local scale. Tickets sell out quickly for this event. Go to to secure yours now.


Our Big Debate is always a highlight for Field Days attendee's. Tickets are available for puchase on EventFinda

This years discussion topic is:

The Impact of Innovation and technology on growing food and how prepared we are to face this future.

Our panelists include:

  • Alan Pollard - CEO Apples & Pears NZ
  • Dr Parmjeet Parmar MP- NZ National Party spokes person for research, science and innovation and spokesperson for Economic development
  • Lawrence Yule MP - NZ national Party spokesperson for Horticulture
  • Leon Stallard - Hort NZ, 2019 HB Horticulturalist of the year & local grower
  • Jo Luxton MP - NZ Labour party

Join us for an informative and entertaining debate and delicious lunch while you are at the Field Days.



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.

​Read about the HortiFutures modules here

  • 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


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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



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 $50


Wednesday 26th June 10am - 3pm @ the ECR Forklift Arena

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

Thursday 27th June 10am - 3pm @ ECR Tractor Arena

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. Competitors must hold a current drivers licence. 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 includes two days of inspiration, learning and engagement with the industry.  Download here


The Hawke's Bay A&p Society is committed to keeping our guests, contractors and all people on site safe. 
2019 Emergency procedure Policy.

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. 

SCHOOL’S Career's Programme

We are thrilled to host a GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge on Wednesday 26th June.  This will take place in the Education space at the rear of the Exhibition Hall.  Feel free to pop in and see the main presentations at 2pm.  This prgramme is targeted to engage with our top students in science, technology and social science and encourage them to choose a career in horticulture.

Thursday 27th will see the HortiFutures programme in full swing.

This programme is for all students wiht taster modules provided by industry.  The generosity of our local business community has been fantastic and the students will find themselves participating in virtual reality exercises, web based programmes, water testing and practical activities to keep them engaged.  All students will be hosted for morning tea with keynote bite size talks from young successful people within the industry and a brief connection with tertiary providers.

For more information please contact Di Roadley BNZ National Horticultural Field Days Event Manager 



Please feel free to make contact with our team if we can be of any 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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Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 June 2019
9.00am - 5.00pm

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