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 to they can stay informed about the latest happening across the agri-sector.

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2022 Professional Development Day - 23 September at MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua is proud to be hosting our professional development day.

Join us to hear from a range of speakers on current topics effecting rural communities and the agriculture sector.

Date and time: 1-5pm, Friday 23 September 2022 (afternoon tea provided)

Venue: MPI, Charles Ferguson Tower, 34 – 38 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011

Register here


  • Jason Wilson, Deputy Director-General, Te Uru Rakau
  • Dr Mike Joy, Senior Research Fellow, School of Government - The Interplay Between Freshwater Science, Policy and Real World Freshwater Outcomes; an Ecologists Perspective
  • Dr Mary van Andel, Chief Veterinary Officer - FMD & animal welfare
  • Lisa Murray, Head of Weather Communication, MetService - Communicating our Wild Weather

Lunchtime Zoom Briefing Sessions

You can watch of 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. 

2022 sessions

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

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

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

12:30 Thursday 19 May with Stuart Anderson, Deputy-Director General, Biosecurity New Zealand, MPI (Chatham House rules)

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

11:30am 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.