Day 0: Tuesday 6th August

If you arrive early, you are more than welcome to join us for a casual dinner starting at 6 pm at the Archeron Restaurant in the Sudima Hotel (Christchurch Airport). Make sure to let us know when you register that you are coming so we can book enough seats. NB: this dinner is not included in your Conference package. 

Day 1: Wednesday 7th August

National Fencing Field Day (NFFD)

Wednesday will see the return of the National Fencing Field Day, held at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds from 10am – 3pm. This event will be open to the public and will showcase the best products, services and equipment available to the fencing and farming communities, including tools, machinery, vehicles, clothing and personal protection equipment. The day’s programme will include competitions and product demonstrations.

We’ll also be running another “Ladies Who Lunch” event for the long-suffering partners who aren’t so keen on spending the day in the field.

This year, we’ve got a venue with some wet-weather contingencies, as no one wants a repeat of last year’s icicle fest! Travel to and from the NFFD and entry into the event are complimentary as part of your Conference ticket.


Mix & Mingle Dinner

Join us for the ever-popular Mix & Mingle dinner for a chance for a casual catch-up with acquaintances old and new. This self-pay event will be held at Lone Star Spitfire – a mere 5-minute walk from the hotel. NB: this dinner is not included in your Conference package. 


Day 2: Thursday 8th August

Conference & AGM

A bright and early start to Conference 2024, kicking off at 8.30 am, with the Board update and Annual General Meeting before we delve into the Conference programme for the day.

The day will include the Member Feedback Forum where you get to share your thoughts about the industry, the Association and our Partners. It’s a great opportunity to ask those burning questions and make some great suggestions.

Attendees will also hear from some fantastic speakers and be able to become involved in a couple of interactive panel sessions – all in the name of ‘Outside the Box’ thinking.


Gala Dinner & Industry Awards

Join us as we celebrate and acknowledge those who make a significant contribution to our industry. This will be held in the Conference Rooms in the Sudima Christchurch Airport, once it’s been dressed for the occasion. The dresscode is semi-formal so make sure you bring your glad-rags!

Note: we are aware that due to the state of the economy, times are tight for many, so there won’t be an impromptu auction this year.


Day 3: Friday 9th August

Activities Day

We know how you all love a competition so this year we’ve got something special planned. We’re going to keep it under our hats, but we can confirm that it IS a competitive team event, and there will be prizes! Wear gear that is comfortable to walk in and bring your lateral thinking brain. We can confirm that it absolutely does NOT involve fishing.

After lunch, we’re all heading out to visit some interesting sites around Christchurch before meeting back at the hotel for happy hour.

Dinner at the Races

This year, we are heading to Addington Race Course for our final dinner. Here, you’ll enjoy happy hour
followed by a mid-winter-Christmas themed dinner – all while enjoying the excitement of the races. When racing has wrapped up for the evening the band will begin so you can celebrate Conference 2024 in style!

Note: Conference Programme details are subject to change

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