Each year the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators hosts events, conferences, meet-ups and briefing sessions with experts across our field.

We aim to provide our members with exceptional professional development and networking opportunities so they can stay informed about the latest happening across the agri-sector.

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2024 online briefing sessions

You can watch the videos from our past lunchtime Zoom briefing sessions on our YouTube channel. 

Join us to ensure you don't miss out on future sessions.

2024 sessions 

  • 12:30pm - 24 April 2024 - AI tools for journalists and communicators 

Julian Moore, Director of Strategic Membership Solutions translates AI into practical tools you can use to elevate productivity and impact. Julian is an unabashed technology geek, has a deep understanding of the AI world and how associations can use AI to improve their operational performance and make a greater impact on the sectors they represent. Julian will give Guild members a snapshot of what's happening in AI and how we can use tools to our advantage. Download the session notes here



  •  12:30pm - 17 May 2024 - Mark Leslie - CEO Pamū  

Mark Leslie was appointed as CEO of Pamū in 2021. Pamū is the largest pastoral farmer in Aotearoa New Zealand managing nearly 360,000ha across the motu. It exists to enhance the future of agriculture for generations of New Zealanders to come, return land under Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and produce a financial return to our government shareholders. Join us to hear from Mark about what Pamū is working on to realise its vision. Download the presentation from the session here.

2023 Professional Development day at MPI

Speakers included:

Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic on Global context/WTO; Free Trade Agreements and New Zealand agriculture

Marie Bradley, AgResearch’s Director of Strategy and Communications on Gene technologies, GM issues, and looking to the future

Stuart Anderson, Deputy Director-General, Biosecurity New Zealand, on Protecting our way of life

Vincent Arbuckle, Deputy Director-General, NZ Food Safety, Food safety in New Zealand

Previous sessions have included:

  • Social Media for Journalists and Communicators, Luke Chivers Principal Media Advisor, Ministry of Health
  • Podcasting 101 with Stuff Senior Life and Style Reporter and podcaster Kylie Klein-Nixon
  • Dr Mary van Andel, MPIs Chief Veterinary Officer 
  • Dr Mike Joy, Senior Research Fellow, School of Government on The Interplay Between Freshwater Science, Policy and Real World 
  • Lisa Murray, Head of Weather Communication, MetService on Communicating our Wild Weather
  • And a Panels with Gillon Carruthers (Deputy Director-General Public Affairs), Sean Scanlon (Director Communications), and Eric Janssen (media manager)

It's always an interesting day, and a great opportunity to network with other members.

This event is free for members of the NZGAJC.


Previous Lunchtime Zoom Briefing Sessions

You can watch the videos from our past lunchtime Zoom briefing sessions on our YouTube channel. 

Join us to ensure you don't miss out on future sessions. 

2023 sessions

Friday 19 May - NZGAJC chat with Hon James Shaw (Chatham House rules)

Friday 19 May - NZGAJC chat with Hon Damien O'Connor MP (Chatham House rules)

Friday 28 April - NZGAJC chat with Hon Eugenie Sage MP, Green Party MP party spokesperson for Conservation, Emergency Management, Environment, Forestry, Oceans and Fisheries (Chatham House rules)

Friday 28 April - NZGAJC chat with Nicola Grigg MP, National Party MP, Member for Selwyn, a member of the Primary Production select committee, and party spokesperson for Animal Welfare, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities, and Women (Chatham House rules)

Thursday 23 March - Rural communities and hostile extremism with Byron C Clark, author of Fear: New Zealand's hostile underworld of extremists. Watch here.

2022 sessions

Thursday 14 April with Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ, the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, on tech in the agri-sector. Watch here.

Thursday 5 May with Josie Vidal, Manager, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand Watch here.

Thursday 12 May with Kelly Forster, Programme Director, He Waka Eke Noa Watch here.

Thursday 19 May with Stuart Anderson, Deputy-Director General, Biosecurity New Zealand, MPI (Chatham House rules)

Thursday 9 June with Ariana Estoras, Associate Research Director Kaupapa Māori / Sector Manager Māori Agribusiness, AgResearch. Watch here.

Wednesday 16 June with Jeremy Baker, Chief Executive, Muka Tangata - the Workforce Development Council for the food and fibre sector. Watch here.

2021 sessions

Thursday 27 May with with Kevin Bryant, CEO of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. Watch here. 

Thursday 19 May with James Smallwood, Managing Director CRV Oceania and Peter van Elzakker, CRV Product Development and Product Manager Oceania. Watch here.

Thursday 13 May with Vanessa Winning from Irrigation New Zealand. Watch here.

Friday 7 May with Stephen Cantwell from FMG on managing risk on farm. Watch here.

Thursday 30 April with Ant Roberts & Mike Manning Ravensdown on optimising production & maximising efficiency of nutrient use. Watch here.

Thursday 15 April with Alison Stewart, CEO of the Foundation for Arable Research. Watch here.

2020 sessions

Thursday 7 May with Sirma Karapeeva, Chief Executive of the Meat Industry Association. Watch here.

Thursday 14 May with Katie Milne, President of Federated Farmers. Watch here.

Thursday 21 May with Sam McIvor, Chief Executive of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Watch here.

Thursday 4 June with Innes Moffat, CEO of Deer Industry New Zealand. Watch here.

Thursday 30 June Blake Holgate, Rabobank Rural Manager, Sustainable Farm Systems. Watch here.

Thursday 9 July with Andrew Hoggard, President of Federated Farmers. Watch here.

Thursday 10 September with Kay Spencer from Blue Chilli, How to shoot videos on your phone. Watch here.

Thursday 24 September with Samantha Tennent from DairyNZ on Dairy Cattle Reproductive Terminology Webinar.  Watch here.