60 Years

This year is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.

A full day of activities was held in Wellington to celebrate it, on Friday 5 October 2018, coinciding with the awards dinner in the evening.

Keynote speaker, British agricultural journalist and Nuffield scholar Anna Jones, gave her observations on how mainstream media portrays farming in the UK and how to bridge farming and urban matters in the full briefing day. She was available for interviews and also attended the dinner in the evening. She joined our seven other top-quality speakers who were looking ahead into the next 60 years of reporting on New Zealand's primary produce. Special thanks goes to AGMARDT, sponsor for Anna's travel to New Zealand. The final panel session looked at covering rural in a wide (and changing) media landscape.

#Guild60 Provisional Programme

The day started PROMPTLY at 9.15am (NEW TIME!) with a welcome and finished at around 4.45pm. Briefings were given by:

  • Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
  • Jeff Grant, Red Meat Sector Brexit representative
  • Mike Petersen, NZ Special Agricultural Trade Envoy
  • Anna Jones, British agricultural journalist (her travel was sponsored by AGMARDT)
  • Steven Carden, Chief Executive, Pāmu New Zealand
  • Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Emissions Trading and Land-use Change in New Zealand's Drive to Net-Zero 2050.
  • Dr Catherine Duthie, Incident Controller for the Mycoplasma Bovis response, Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Katie Milne, President, Federated Farmers
  • Panel Discussion - Covering rural in a wide media landscape

The full day's programme, including timings, can be found here.  Speakers bios can be found here.


The Guild AGM for all full financial members started at 5pm.

Pre-Dinner drinks were at 6pm, followed by the 2018 Guild Agricultural Journalism Awards Dinner at 6.30pm.

How much did it cost?

The cost for attending both the Guild 60 briefing day and the dinner was $100 for members and $150 for non-members.

If you only want to attend the Guild60 Briefing Day, the cost was $50 for members and $75 for non-members. This covered morning and afternoon tea and a working lunch.

If you only wanted to attend the Awards Dinner there was a charge of $65 for members and partners and $75 for non-members. This covered the dinner and wine on the table, pre-dinner drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

There is more to come in the form of photos and also an updated Guild history.

Enquiries to kotuku.media@xtra.co.nz,or phone 04-233 1842, or 027 451 0339.