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One of the highlights of the IPPS New Zealand regions calendar is the annual conference, held in April or May each year. The location of conference varies from year to year and there are usually pre and/or post tours associated with the event which allows those attending to see a bit more of the area in which they are being held.
The conference begins on a Thursday evening with informal activities with the official opening on Friday morning. Technical sessions are held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings with a range of speakers and topics on the program. Field trips are held in the afternoon on the Friday and Saturday visiting nurseries, parks, gardens and other places of interest. The conference closes on the Sunday with lunch.
There are plenty of social occasions to network and socialise with other members, including the conference dinner. There is also an auction held where plants and other horticultural items donated by members can be bidded on and is a fundraiser for IPPS New Zealand
2018 - Palmerston North 26th - 29th April Registrations have now closed
2019 - Sunshine Coast 29th May - 1st June (joint conference with the IPPS Australian Region
2017 - Pukekohe
2016 - Christchurch (International)