On Friday 24 March 2023, the Nuffield Triennial begins. Next year’s event promises much to love for those looking to learn, connect and share ideas.
We thought we’d tell you what we can about the conference, in the form of a ‘work in progress’ itinerary – still subject to potential changes as the planning team hustle for to create the best conference possible.
Friday 24 March - arrival/registration
Arrival in Christchurch, registration, lunch, meet the Nuffield Committee. In the evening we will hold the Triennial Welcome Function, potentially at the Cardboard Cathedral.
Saturday 25 March – local farms
We’ll offer a range of excursions, with locations yet to be confirmed. One will be on the Canterbury Plains in the morning and could cover competing land use, supply chain processes, environmental challenges, innovation. And of course, lunch at a local pub.
You might also choose to head to Banks Peninsula to look at a mix of farming systems including aquaculture and a stud farm.
We will offer a late start field trip for the jet lagged and weary too. This might stay a little closer to home and cover the earthquake recovery and include time to relax and shop as well.
The day will end with a Triennial casual dinner. One example of the options might be Riverside Market.
Sunday 26 March – Maori enterprise
Another full day, kicking off early with breakfast. The day might include a visit to Pamu Farms and an exploration of value add through innovation and provenance branding.
Afternoon may see a visit to a Ngai Tahu marae, a truffle farm, a pig farm and then on to a high-country farm and a local Canterbury winery. Again, all to be confirmed.
Monday 27 March – International Summit
This is the planned day for the International Summit, which will open to anyone involved in the food and fibre sector.
The summit is likely to feature a host of influential speakers, business leaders, panel discussions, live streams, and more.
We’ll have full details of the final schedule in the coming months. This inspiring day is a huge networking opportunity and a chance to share ideas – culminating in a Summit Dinner, guest speakers and more networking.
Tuesday 28 March - Tekapo and the road south
The Triennial is likely to take the road south on day five. You may find yourself spending the entire day in the mid-Canterbury region. The focus might be on irrigation infrastructure, water use and its availability to over 110,000ha of land.
Splitting into smaller groups, you might visit high-performance farms covering intensive arable, dairy, integrated farms, vegetable operations and foothills sheep and beef – to name a few.
Then we travel further south to Tekapo, checking into accommodation with a casual BBQ dinner later with some local farmers. Tekapo is a world-renowned stargazing site, so there may be an option to spot the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, or a few hundred of Elon Musk’s satellites.
Wednesday 29 March - The Mackenzie Basin
We will spend the day visiting iconic high-country stations learning from the families who farm here and about the challenges they face.
Thursday 30 March – to Queenstown
After breakfast at your Kiwi bach we will visit another highly diversified business possibly followed by a visit to a farm producing its own hydro power.
Another option might be to visit a horticultural operation, potentially focussing on research.
Or you might choose a free day. Whichever way you choose to go, the day ends with dinner at a world-renowned winery. To be confirmed, of course.
Friday 31 March – Queenstown area
Spend the day visiting family farms and stations, covering everything from self sufficiency to cropping and from research to learning.
Or you might like to take in the sights and experiences of Queenstown, or Arrowtown, or both.
Saturday 1 April - Final Gala Dinner
There’s no April foolery here. After breakfast there might be a high-altitude panel discussion at the end of the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest cable car ride. Topics are to be confirmed but are likely to include those related to development, tourism and diversity.
And, because you’re in one of the world’s adventure capitals, you could spend the rest of the day indulging in either adventure or something a little quieter. Like a wine, by the lake, with cheese.
The Final Gala Dinner will take place on this night at a mystery location. Dress code for this one is likely to be semi-formal.
Sunday 2 April – conference close and start of the technical tours
This will be the departure day for some or the start of one of the technical tour offerings for others.
Please remember we are still nearly a year out so some aspects may differ from those we’ve mentioned.
We’ll give you a more definite itinerary in the coming few months – exciting times ahead.