2019 Deer Industry Conference

2019 Deer Industry Conference

Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Friday, May 17, 2019
Lower North

“Conferencing in the Capital” 16-17th May 2019

The 2019 Annual Deer Industry Conference, “Reflections and directions”, will be held in Wellington starting Thursday 16 May. The NZDFA’s 44rd AGM at will be held at 8.30 am the same day, followed with the full conference programme commencing at 10.30 am. More details follow in the March and April Stagline-Online and in the April/May Deer Industry News.

Environment focus

Environmental stewardship will be a strong theme of the event with an invited keynote presentation from Minister David Parker, Minister of Economic Development, Environment, Trade and Export Growth and also featuring the Biennial 2019 Deer Industry Environmental Awards.

Venue and accommodation

The event will return to the Wellington waterfront and Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, the excellent venue used for the 2017 conference and near the large range of Wellington hotels chosen for their convenient access, recent upgrades, good facilities and reasonable rates.

Delegates will be asked to directly book accommodation with their hotel of choice. For the nominated hotels listed below, we have negotiated a 2019 Deer Industry Conference rate. Secure this rate by quoting the Reference number for your chosen hotel where needed (see below).

Because there is no accommodation commission involved, savings are passed direct to you.

We are holding rooms at the following hotels for the deer conference:

Park Hotel
101 The Terrace or 204 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Standard Room (Queen Bed) Wednesday 15 May/Thursday 16 May $180 per night, Friday 17 May $150
Bookings phone 04 260 5000 option 1 or email reservations@parkhotel.nz and use booking reference: Deer Industry Conference 2019

West Plaza Hotel
110 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Standard room $170 per night
Bookings phone 04 473 1440 ext 249 or email reservations@westplaza.co.nz and use booking reference: 445298

Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel
100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
Superior King rooms $219 per night
Bookings phone 04 385 0279 and use booking reference: 6423640

Brentwood Hotel
16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Standard room $155 per night
Bookings phone 0800 273689 and use booking reference: 80530

Apollo Lodge Motel
49 Majoribanks Street, Wellington
Variety of rooms $150 to $155 per night
Bookings phone 0800 361 645 and use reference: Deer Industry Conference 2019

There are also other choices around Te Papa and downtown Wellington that you may prefer.


The conference programme will be finalised by end of March after discussion with the DINZ Board and DFA Executive Committee. Details will be available via deernz.org/2019-conference as topics and speakers are finalised.

In response to the DINZ Board’s request to streamline the event and encourage attendance we are planning a well-structured two days with an Agribusiness focus.

The DFA also will hold pre-conference Branch Chairs, Executive Committee and SAP meetings on Wednesday 15 May before the official programme starts. They will host an informal dinner at the Copthorne on Oriental Bay with the DINZ Board and DFA national and Branch leaders on the evening of 15 May.

The Business session will feature P2P reporting, venison and velvet marketing sessions with keynote speakers from the international venison and velvet markets. They will also focus on environmental initiatives and updates with the Board and Executive.

Social – get to the Super Rugby!

Conference goers always enjoy time together to catch up and this year we are planning something a little different. The Annual Awards dinner will be on Thursday 16 May at Wharewaka with a farewell event at the conclusion of the Friday session from 5.00 pm followed by bus transfer to Wellington Stadium where the Hurricanes are hosting the Argentinian Jaguares in a late season Super Rugby clash. We have secured a block booking for seating but were not able to book a self-contained hospitality suite as part of the deal, hence the earlier meal.

Live streaming

For the sixth year running, Rural Exchanges’ Sarah Perriam via Rural TV will live stream the event. This will allow interactive commentary and provide a permanent record hosted on the DINZ website (for last year’s proceedings see: deernz.org/2018-conference-proceedings)

Management, registration and sponsorship

Registrations and conference management will be supplied by Wellington-based Melissa Bahler, via Positive Events Plus, aided by the DFA Executive Committee and DINZ staff. Melissa is also the events manager for the NZ Institute of Primary Industries Management and well versed in Wellington’s conference and meeting infrastructure.

We are already experiencing solid inquiries and commitment for support from our traditional sponsors.

As in 2018, in a new move designed to add attraction, a 35% discount will be offered on full registration for the second (or more) registered delegate from the same farming entity.

Registration fee and details of the traditional wonderful support from new and established loyal sponsors are being finalised and will be publicised later this month. See also March’s Stagline Online and on the conference website and featured in April’s Deer Industry News.

Further information

DINZ: details will be updated on this page or or contact Tony Pearse at tony.pearse@deernz.org, 021 719 038

Conference organiser: Melissa Bahler, 027 664 3080, positiveeventsplus@xtra.co.nz

Conference venue: wharewakaoponeke.co.nz (2 Taranaki Street Wellington), 04 901 3333