September 27 and 28 | Zespri International 400 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
APEN’s New Zealand team invites you to the APEN Catchment Symposium on September 27 & 28 at the stunning Mount Maunganui in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Join us for two days on enhancing rural communities and catchment groups, enabling change, networking and learning. APEN is the apex organisation for extension professionals in Australia and New Zealand.
The symposium programme includes:
Hearing from our APEN Excellence in Extension award winners about their work
A field trip to visit a local catchment group doing some awesome mahi (work)
Plenty of opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about and discuss upcoming whole-of-government legislation, insights into policy initiatives and working with diverse groups.
If you work in extension in New Zealand this is an event you can’t afford to miss. Our Aussie mates are welcome to come along too - we hear a few have already booked their tickets - and no wonder, because your ticket price includes the field trip and conference dinner as well as all other meals. With the support of our sponsors we’ve made sure it’s great value.
Spaces are limited so get in fast to take up this exciting opportunity.
On your marks, get set, REGISTER!
DR ANTHONY KACHENKO
APEN PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER STAKEHOLDER EXPERIENCE AT HORTICULTURE INNOVATION AUSTRALIA
"I am very excited to be crossing the ditch to be part of the NZ Regional Event."
Anthony has been a member of APEN for the best of a decade and on the APEN Board since 2017. Anthony will share his observations and learnings from the inaugural APEN online conference held earlier this year. He will also update you on the work being done across Australian horticulture in the extension and adoption arena.
Anthony is passionate about implementing strategies to enhance the adoption of research that leads to meaningful on-farm change. He will share some examples of how he approaches this in his day-to-day role in leading a team of extension professionals across Australia.
In 2013, Anthony was awarded the prestigious Kendle Wilkinson Young Outstanding Horticultural Scientist Award for bridging the gap between science and farm best practices. In 2015 he was named the inaugural Young Leader by Standards Australia for his commitment to standardisation, having led the drafting of a new Australian Standard. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Science, a Masters in Agribusiness, an Honours Degree in Horticultural Science, and a Diploma of Quality Auditing. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of APEN.
Warwick Waters has been the Manager of the cotton industries extension program, CottonInfo, for the last eight years. Previous roles include extension delivery in the dairy industry, working in the social research team at AgResearch NZ. He is actively interested in supporting the development of extension in Australian agriculture as the coordinator of the X-RDC Extension Managers Network, an informal group that is focused on sharing extension experience between RDC’s and exploring opportunities for co-funding research and development of extension practice. Warwick’s interests include the application of systems theory to developing practical solutions for farmers and the process of developing a pathway to change in partnership with researchers.
Wai Kokopu Catchment Field Trip
Wai Kokopu is a community-led programme of action to replenish and revitalise the health of the Waihi estuary on the Bay of Plenty coast, which is home to notable endemic bird species. The catchment has a rich cultural and historical context and is a good example of the complexities of mixed land uses, with farming, horticulture and forestry, including significant areas of Maori-owned land under multiple ownership.
Alongside the local community, iwi, science groups, and others, several local APEN members are part of this programme. On this field trip we will hear from those that coordinate catchment groups as well as from the farmers, growers and industry groups that are involved. We will tour projects that have been initiated in the catchment, hear stories of the journey to get there as well as the vision for the future. Visit their website to learn more
If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason, they may substitute someone else by notifying us in writing toAPEN@scarlatti.co.nz.
Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer their place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:
More than 14 days before the event will be refunded in full (excluding booking fees charge by EventBrite) less a NZ$25 administration fee.
Between 5 - 13 days before the event will be refunded 50%(excluding booking fees charge by EventBrite) of the total registration fees.
Registrations cancelled less than 5 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
Refunds will be made in the following ways: 1. For payments received by credit or debit cards, the same credit/debit card will be refunded. 2. For all other payments, a bank transfer will be made to the payee nominated account. Please note: For payments received from outside New Zealand by bank transfer, the refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges will be for the registrant’s account.
Should the event be cancelled by APEN due to Covid-19, APEN will offer a full refund (excluding booking fees charge by EventBrite) less a NZ$25 administration fee and any costs unable to be recovered (e.g. catering).