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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.

It will also include a field day the following day.


Registrations are closed.

May 8th - Conference


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

  • State of the industry 
  • Venison/Velvet Markets session
  • DINZ Board Q&A

12:30 | Lunch (kindly sponsored by Alliance) - Trade stands and Gallagher silent auction

Trade displays: Silver Fern Farms  |  FMG  |  Alliance Group Ltd  |  First Light Foods  |  Ospri  |  Gallagher Group  |  DataMars  |  MPI  |  Farmax

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

  • New forages, feeding strategies
  • Farming for venison – how does this fit in with other livestock farming systems?
  • Genetics for profit – 2024 Breeding Values and Indices
  • Linking Science to Environmental Actions

15:40 | Afternoon tea

16:00 | Guest Speakers

  • Rabobank, Jen Corkran
  • Key Note Speaker, Murray Matuschka

INDUSTRY AWARDS DINNER - Kindly sponsored by Silver Fern Farms
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

Farm: Rangimoe Station, 572 Poporangi Road, Kereru.
Will be finishing up by 2pm. Transport has been organised for those who requested it. 

The Hawkes Bay NZDFA branch, on behalf of the Gaddum Family would like to invite you along to the iconic Rangimoe Station settled in the renowned Hawke's Bay farming district of Kereru.

The family will share their story of how they came to Rangimoe and the early days, while taking in the stunning vista of the Kereru District. This will be followed by Ru and a representative from Mauri Oho providing an overview of an exciting partnership to restore land, people, and flora and fauna.

To conclude Ru will provide a brief insight into their current farming operation and aspirations for his family's future on Rangimoe. 


Gallagher silent auction

Gallagher will be holding a silent auction. Visit their trade booth at conference for details on how to place your bids.


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.

Quality Inn Napier

  • 7 x Standard Double Studios - each with 1 x queen bed - no balcony $169 per room per night
  • 10 x Standard Twin Studios - each with 1 x queen bed + 1 x single bed - no balcony $169 per room per night
  • 10 x Deluxe Double Studios - each with 1 x king bed – balcony $177 per room per night
  • 8 x Deluxe Twin Studios - each with 1 x queen bed + 1 x single bed – balcony $177 per room per night
  • 5 x King Studios - each with 1 x king bed - no balcony $177 per room per night
  • 6 x Sea View Studios - 1 x king bed $189 per room per night

Book direct mention Deer Industry NZ - reservations@qualityinnnapier.co.nz, (06) 835 3237

Other nearby hotels

  • Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Corner of Tennyson Street and Marine Parade, Napier
  • Expressotel - Cnr Clive Square East and Tennyson Street, Napier
  • Scenic Hotel - 45 Marine Parade, Napier


Thanks to our sponsors!

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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