Noticeboard | Issue 170

Sep 3, 2021

Notice of AGM - Canterbury West Coast

The AGM for the Canterbury and West Coast branch NZDFA will be held at Colgate Tavern on Thursday 23rd Sept at 5.30pm followed by a meal.

At 7pm there will be an address and Q&A from Dr Lindsay Fung of Deer Industry New Zealand (Environmental Stewardship Manager) in relation to Canterbury environmental matters.

All deer farmers welcome. 

Meeting subject to restrictions of COVID-19 (if applicable).


Russell Rudd, Chair Canterbury West Coast branch NZDFA
027 608 2056 or

2021 Branch Chairs Meeting

The annual DFA Branch Chairs and New Faces leadership development conference will be held in Wellington on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October at the Brentwood Hotel.

This is a great opportunity for the wider NZDFA community leadership to interact with each other and some of the DINZ Board members and DINZ Executive team and be provided updates from the DFA Executive, discuss topics of importance and enjoy a social evening.

This year that evening will also be the platform for the formal launch of Lynda Gray’s much anticipated work "50 years of Deer Farming.” The NZDFA has been very pleased to co-sponsor some of the cost of producing this well written and researched history of our industry and is very pleased to be able to assist in this way at the annual Branch Chairs Meeting, which itself has been a feature of DFA activity since the mid 1980’s  

While this years programme is being worked on, there will be the usual updates from DINZ executives which will be supported by external keynote speakers on relevant industry topics and an opportunity to interact with some of the DINZ Board members.

If you have any commentary, issues, or requests of this important annual conference, contact your chairman direct or the Executive Committee or drop a note to for inclusion in the business and discussion.

NIWA Climate briefing and outlook September - November 2021

On 1st September NIWA gave a Climate Briefing to National Adverse Events Committee. 

Check out the PDF here to view the presentation PDF that includes maps that show both predicted and historical data for rainfall, soil moisture (anomaly, deficit) and temperature >>

The NIWA Seasonal climate outlook also provides an overview for the three months ahead (Sep-Nov). This provides an easy to read summary and also breaks it down into regional predictions. You can see this here: >>

MetService Monthly Outlook September 2021

Meteorological spring begins with high pressure sitting across South Island pushing a low away to the northeast, with heavy rain for Northland on the 1st. This brings a drier than average start of the month for most of New Zealand, although the top and tail of the country will see easterly showers, and weak westerly fronts respectively. Temperatures will feel classically spring-like with large diurnal (day-night) variation, and a few chilly nights yet to come. This will be felt most keenly where the winds are lightest – the upper South Island and lower and central North Island.

During the second week of September we start to see more activity in both the Southern Ocean and the Tasman Sea, the two conspiring to throw an area of low pressure our way. Expect a marked uptick in temperatures as northerlies move in, followed by rain, which may well be heavy in the north and west. Temperatures are likely to take a dive again in the wake of the system with a southerly change, then southwesterlies as the next high rolls in to settle the weather down mid-month.

The second half of the month will likely be mainly settled with high pressure diverting weather systems around the fringes of Aotearoa. This also means we’re back to large diurnal temperature swings which may be bad news for growers trying to get a head start on the season.

Bottom Line: High pressure never too far away. Think light winds, chilly nights, and pleasant days for most (away from the most northern and southern regions). Watch out for the second week of the month though, it’s the wet and windy exception to the rule.


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