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2024 Deer Industry Conference

  • Date
    8 May - 9 May
  • Time
  • Location
    Hawkes Bay
  • Cost
    $60 conference, $145 dinner

The 2024 industry conference makes a return taking place in Hawke's Bay

The highlight of the conference will be the awards dinner which will feature presentations to the winners of the Matuschka and Deer Industry awards as well as announcing the winners of the MSD Photo Competition (entries are currently open for this).

It will also include a field day the following day.


Registrations open now!

May 8th - Conference


INDUSTRY CONFERENCE "An Incredible Legacy - the past, the present, the future"
10:30 | Conference opening

  • State of the industry 
  • Velvet market update
  • Venison market update
  • DINZ Board Q&A

12:30 | Lunch

14:00 | Workshop sessions x4 (topics tbc, selections for concurrent sessions will be sent out to people who have registered closer to the conference date)

15:40 | Afternoon tea

16:00 | Guest Speakers

  • Rabobank
  • Key Note Speaker, Murray Matuschka

18:30 | Pre-dinner drinks
19:00 | Announcement of awards

  • Deer Industry Award
  • NZDFA Matuschka Award
  • MSD/Allflex Deer Industry Photo Competition


May 9th - Field day

Hosted by the Hawke's Bay Branch NZDFA. Details to be confirmed.


Industry Awards

Nominations and entries are still open for the following awards. For details head to the following locations:

- Matuschka Award

- Deer Industry Award

- MSD/Allflex Deer Industry Photo Competition



Unless notified otherwise, delegates need to contact the hotel or your choice of accommodation and book your own rooms. Rates have been organised at the following hotels:

Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Corner of Tennyson Street and Marine Parade, Napier

  • Superior Queen rooms $199 per room per night
  • Superior King rooms $209 per room per night
  • Art Deco Studio rooms $229 per room per night
  • Suites $399 per room per night
  • Two-bedroom Apartment $549 per night

Book direct mention Deer Industry Conference - stay@masonic.co.nz, 06 835 8689

Expressotel - Cnr Clive Square East and Tennyson Street, Napier

  • King Studio rooms $179 per room per night
  • King Studio Parkside rooms $189 per room per night
  • Deluxe King rooms $199 per room per night
  • Suites $239 per room per night
  • One bedroom Apartment $299 per night

Book direct mention Deer Industry Conference - stay@expressotel.co.nz, 06 835 3373

Scenic Hotel - 45 Marine Parade, Napier

  • Limited rooms available only on 8 May
  • $265.00 incl gst including breakfast for 1 per night per room – non commissionable
  • $290.00 incl gst including breakfast for 2 per night per room – non commissionable
  • WIFI and Parking is complimentary.
  • Cancellation policy 60 days prior to arrival date
  • Click here to download the booking form Delegates need to complete this form to make a booking directly with the hotel. Phone/online bookings won't be accepted to get the special rate.


Thanks to our sponsors!

Platinum sponsor

Premium sponsors







Tier 2 sponsor





Tier 3 sponsor

Register your interest in sponsoring with conference organiser Melissa Bähler - positiveeventsplus@xtra.co.nz or 027 664 3080.

If you would like to discuss the conference, please get in touch with DINZ events coordinator Rebecca Norling rebecca.norling@deernz.org


Cancellation policy

Should a delegate need to cancel their registration prior to 28 days before the event, a full refund will be given. Those wishing to cancel their registration will receive a 50% refund up to 14 days from the event start date. Email notification of cancellation must be received before 24 April. There will be no refund for any cancellation made within 14 days (after 24 April) from the event start date other than in the circumstances listed below.

If the Government direct cancellation of public events, force majeure will apply and there will be a full refund given. In the event of postponement, all registrations paid will be transferred to the new event date. If not paid, registrations will be cancelled, and registrants will need to register again for the new event date.

All cancellations must be in writing, please email positiveeventsplus@xtra.co.nz