Conference 2021: Preliminary Programme

Wednesday 4 August 

Arrive and check in to the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands anytime after 2pm.

Registration for the Conference will be open from 3.30pm, then join the Board and Operations team for a cruise across the harbour to Russell, where we’ll enjoy a Mix and Mingle evening at the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
NB: this dinner is not included in your Conference package. 








Thursday 5 August 

A bright and early start to Conference 2021, with the Annual General Meeting kicking off at 8.30am, before we delve into the Leadership in Fencing workshops for the day.

First up, an engaging and enlightening session on Leadership 101 with Sue Pickering, followed by an insightful session with local business mentors Pete Gregory and Graeme Bratty on Nailing Your Costs to Optimise Your Profit.

Thursday afternoon will see a social outing to local points of interest, culminating in a wine tasting at Marsden Estate winery.

On our return to the Copthorne, we’ll enjoy the Stockade Happy Hour, before sitting down to a charity auction dinner, which will raise money for the Northland Rescue Helicopters (Northland Emergency Services Trust).


Friday 6 August 

Friday will see the largest Fencing Trade & Best Practice Day in the history of the Association, held at the Waimate Showgrounds. This 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. Members will be transported to and from the Trade and Best Practice Day via coach.

Returning to the Copthorne at approximately 3.30pm, you’ll have a bit of downtime to rest, relax and get glammed up ahead of the night’s festivities. Guys, dust off your dinner jackets, and ladies, break out your party frocks.

After enjoying the Bayonet Happy Hour, we’ll celebrate a successful Conference with a fabulous Gala Dinner, featuring the band JPG. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready for a boogie.

Saturday 7 August 

One last catch up in the morning for prize draws and member feedback before Conference closes at 11am. Members can make their way home, or are welcome to stay on and explore the beauty and heritage of the Bay of Islands.


Note: Conference Programme details subject to change