Conference 2024 Hosted by Northland Branch

Te Kākano – The Seed
19 to 21 April 2024

Conference is now fully booked.
Please contact us to go on a waitlist.

Venue

Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, 474 Maunu Road, Whangārei.

Travel Notice

Bryderwyns SH1 closure. For those travelling to Northland by road please allow sufficient travel time for major detours.
For details see NZTA Journey Planner.

Mungamuka Gorge SH1 Closure. For those travelling to the Far North by road, please use the detours. For details see NZTA Journey Planner.

Conference Schedule

Speakers

Asha Chhagan

Plant & Food Research (Auckland)
Topic: Biological control of insect pests in New Zealand

Asha Chhagan is an Entomologist at Plant & Food Research (Auckland) with over 20 years of experience in Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, Biosecurity and Postharvest disinfestation treatments. In this talk, Asha will provide examples of past and present biological control projects including the biological control of codling moth and brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).  Asha will also provide updates on insect pests of interest including guava moth.

Donna Kerridge

Founder of Ora New Zealand. Waikato, Ngati Tahinga.
Topic: Learning the Language of the Land (a Rongoa Maori Perspective)

Donna Kerridge is a Registered Medical Herbalist and a traditionally trained Rongoa Māori practitioner.

Arno King

Fellow Australian Institute of Horticulture,  Registered Horticulturist (RH) | Grad Dip Landscape Architecture Master Urban Planning
Topic: Australian subtropical crops suited to growing and producing, including as landscape

Arno is a familiar face for those who watch the popular Gardening Australia television show. Arno is a Registered Landscape Architect and Registered Horticulturist with more than 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, urban design and visual assessment. Arno has a special interest in planting design, incorporating appropriate vegetation to enhance our urban spaces.

Klaus Lodz

Permadynamics NZ
Topic: Agroforestry and syntropy for varying climates

Klaus Lotz has over 35 years experience in permaculture and regenerative agroforestry, specifically Syntropic Farming. He holds a degree in Organic Agriculture from the University of Kassel in Germany. His experience extends to a wide range of countries and climates, having lived in South America, Europe and now New Zealand. He has spent the last 20 years applying the concepts of Syntropic Agroforestry to Northland’s climate on steep clay soil and formed the family business PermaDynamics in 2016. As an avid researcher, farmer, inovator, teacher and mentor he has introduced Syntropic Agroforestry to New Zealand and inspires growers around the world by providing on- site and on-line education on regenerative practices, constantly striving to co-create greater food and climate resilience in agriculture.

Dr James Robinson

Northland Regional Archaeologist | Heritage New Zealand
Topic: The Adaptation and Evolution of Tropical Polynesian horticulture to the Temperate New Zealand Environment 1300-1850 AD

James is an experienced landscape archaeologist who takes multidisciplinary approaches to recording history – especially working with tangata whenua (people of the land) partners to incorporate traditional knowledge into interpretations about the human settlement of the Pacific. He has a specific focus on Northland where he has worked for over 30 years. James utilizes a wide range of resource material to study the unique culture that Māori developed here as tangata whenua (people of the land) as well as the later but similarly unique Pakeha (European) society that developed in the 1800s after the country was rediscovered by European explorers.

Dr Jane Mullaney

Senior scientist, AgResearch | Adjunct Senior Researcher for Massey University | Associate Investigator for the Riddet Institute (Massey University) | Vision Matauranga Leader for High Value Nutrition
Topic: Plants and the human microbiome, gut health and nutrition

Jane’s key expertise is in the microbiome. She has a special interest in growing novel carbon neutral crops for future climates. Like bananas. She led the Tai Pukenga Banana Project – 2018-2020, an MBIE funded initiative to both identify the cultivars present in NZ and to develop tissue culture methods in order to rapid expand the numbers of bananas that could be planted across NZ.  Her current work includes research on the nutritional differences between NZ bananas and imported Cavendish and the impact of NZ grown bananas on the infant microbiome.

Laurence Speedy

Horticulturist at Auckland Botanic Gardens
Topic: Thematic gardens and Botanic gardens

Laurence is responsible for curating the Childrens’ Garden and Educational Orchard. Both areas have high visitation and strive to serve not only the recreational but also educational needs of the community. A member of Auckland branches of Tree Crops and Soil and Health, and now part of a local Permaculture group, Laurence will discuss these public amenity areas, reflecting on their successes, challenges and potential for future improvement.

Jake Wyatt Trillo

Topic: Regenerative horticulture

Jake combines caring for a young family with his 1.25 acre coastal Manawatu high-density suburban food forest, established to further people’s understanding about lesser-known tree and other crops.  Jake has demonstrated success in producing food crops via syntropic agroforestry techniques. In his volunteer roles Jake is in on Whanganui’s Bason Botanic Garden’s trust board. He is also a moderator for the NZ Rare Fruits Growers online 20,000+ member group.

Bernard King

Topic: Showcase interesting edible subtropical plants

Sam King

Topic: Creating climate control through simple structures

Bus Trips

Bus trips Saturday and Sunday afternoon  20-21 April 2024.
All depart Barge Park 12.30pm and return 4.30pm on the Saturday & no later than 5pm on Sunday .

Saturday

All buses to/ from Barge Park

Trip A

Lynwood Avocado Nursery, Maunu
Harricado to be grafted onto Duke rootstocks at this long-established fruiting-tree nursery.

Upokorua Orchards, Maungatapere
Large scale tamarillo and citrus orchards, all grown using strict protocols to meet supermarkets’ standards.

Maungatapere Mushrooms
Tann is a Whangārei Growers Market stallholder.
Native and introduced edible fungi, including some indigenous ones harvested from the farm’s longstanding native bush.

Trip B

Tahi Honey, Pataua North 
Permaculture multi-cropping with honey production, and a cafe serving homegrown produce.

Crystal Springs, Glenbervie
Silver is a Whangārei Growers Market stallholder.
Organically grown avocados, cherimoyas, citrus, egg-laying hens, and seasonal vegetables. All sold face-to-face.

Quarry Gardens, Woodhill
One of Whangārei’s top civic amenities set up by, and still largely run by volunteers. Still recovering from recent cyclone damage, a mix of subtropical and temperate climate plantings.

Trip C

Kotare Subtropicals, Maungatapere
Treecroppers own it.
Large scale feijoa and fig orchards and banana growing for supermarkets. Papaya grown under cover among bananas and pineapples, integrated along side of a subtropical edible plant nursery operation.

Apocalypse Garden, Whakapara
Second generation farm owner used heavy machinery to recontour part of original family farm creating linked microclimates for subtropical plant growing that appeal to both eye and palate.

Quarry Gardens, Woodhill
One of Whangārei’s top civic amenities set up by, and still largely run by volunteers. Still recovering from recent cyclone damage, a mix of subtropical and temperate climate plantings.

Trip D

Walking Bus
Weed foraging workshop led by local TreeCropper and naturopath Bianca in local vicinity (limited to 10 people).

Sunday

All buses to/ from Barge Park

Trip E

Parihaka maunga & Tawatawhiti/Mair’s Landing
Garden heritage archaeology expert will lead this walk around Mount Parihaka summit where expansive views over Whangārei allows you see features remaining from many hundreds of years of food cultivation. After bussing down to sea-level visit the landing from where produce was shipped further along the coast and overseas.

Northland Naturals, Kauri
Matt is a Whangārei Growers Market stallholder.
Field and greenhouse-grown microgreens, vegetables, fruit and nut tree organic producer for local restaurants, fresh produce retailers and face-to-face selling.

Trip F

Kotare Subtropicals, Maungatapere
Treecroppers own it.
Large scale feijoa and fig orchards and banana growing for supermarkets. Papaya grown under cover among bananas and pineapples, integrated along side of a subtropical edible plant nursery operation.

Upokorua Orchards, Maungatapere
Large scale tamarillo and citrus orchards, all grown using strict protocols to meet supermarkets’ standards.

Maungatapere Mushrooms
Tann is a Whangārei Growers Market stallholder.
Native and introduced edible fungi, including some indigenous ones harvested from the farm’s longstanding native bush.

Trip G

Northland Naturals, Kauri
Matt is a Whangārei Growers Market stallholder.
Field and greenhouse-grown microgreens, vegetables, fruit and nut tree organic producer for local restaurants, fresh produce retailers and face-to-face selling.

Apocalypse Garden, Whakapara
Second generation farm owner used heavy machinery to recontour part of original family farm creating linked microclimates for subtropical plant growing that appeal to both eye and palate.

Quarry Gardens, Woodhill
One of Whangārei’s top civic amenities set up by, and still largely run by volunteers. Still recovering from recent cyclone damage, a mix of subtropical and temperate climate plantings.

Trip H

Walking Bus
Weed foraging workshop led by local TreeCropper and naturopath Bianca in local vicinity (limited to 10 people).

Monday & Tuesday Self Drive Tours

Optional Monday & Tuesday Self Drives. More details available during conference.

North 22 & 23 April-2024

Travel Notice: Maungamuka SH1 Closure. For those travelling to the Far North by road, please use the detours. For details see NZTA Journey Planner.

Austens’ Exotic garden 137 – 139 Larmers Road, via Kaitaia SH1 (bookings essential), $10 entry fee per person. Guided tour with George allow up to 2 hours to see through all of the gardens including Cactus, Wetland, Clivia subtropical, orchid and dendrobium houses. Phone 09 408 0379 to leave a message to arrange times.

Serafina’s Garden, 6987 SH 1, Pamapuria via Kaitaia visits between 11.00am – 2pm daily. Pacific Island bananas and Taro types amidst a subtropical and fragrant garden including Mimosa, and Gardenias.

Wharepuke Subtropical Garden, 190 Kerikeri Road, KeriKeri (book and pay for guided tour with Robin Booth). Alternatively, the garden is open 9.00am to dusk)

Plant Zone Direct, Subtropicals (9.00am – 5.00pm) 76 Kapiro Road, Kerikeri. Yuong, offers special conference discounts if you show your Conference name tag for 22nd and 23rd April only.

Nestlebrae Exotics, John Prince 127 Ness Road, Waipapa Visit John’s nursery and take the guided tour with John at either 11am or 2pm each day.

Ben’s Gardens check out Bernard and Sam’s nursery and orchard subtropicals. Hours for visits are from 10am until 5pm daily Ph 09 408 0420 to arrange times.

Tawapou Coastal Natives Nursery, 588 Matapouri Road, Matapouri open 10am – 3pm open Tuesday 23rd April only. Not open Mondays.

South 22 & 23 April 2024

(all properties will have either plants or products for cash sales) reminder Brynderwyn road closures will affect travel times.

PrimeHort NZ garden and nursery supplies/commercial equipment/tools, gloves etc. 2168 SH1 Kaiwaka open both Monday and Tuesday from 7.00am – 5.00pm

Kaiwaka Food Forest, The Food Forest guided tour is hosted by Northland tree cropper Andrea Graham. Andrea who will take guided tours on Monday and Tuesday at 9am Address to be advised at Conference to those undertaking the self drives.

Aaron Miller, Grow4u on the Monday only at 11.00am. Address to be advised at Conference to those undertaking ths self drive.

Kauri Park Nursery 32 Glenmohr Road, Waipu. Native plants only open to Tree Croppers from 1pm – 3pm Monday only.

Te Kākano Photography Exhibition / 2024 Dick Roberts Award

7-19 April, Quest Art Space, central Whangārei then,
19-21 April Barge park, during the conference

Curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff
Each photograph you submit is to be accompanied with text and a sketch or photo of a seed.

For more details email sonjavank@gmail.com or go to:  https://sonjavank.com/maa_te_kaakano.htm
Deadline for submissions: 31 March.

Accommodation Suggestions

For more options click here for a Google map

Bella Vista
322 Western Hills Drive 0800 235 528
Studio – $176 discounted
Also 1 bed sleep 4 and triple rooms – $176 2 pax
(nearest to conference but still need car)

Pembrooke Motor Lodge
3 Deveron St Regent
info@pembrooke.co.nz; 09 437 6426; 027 271 1877

7 Studio – $160
5 King and single – $165
2 2 Queen beds
2 family King + 3 single – $190 2 pax

Will give discount for group booking

Cheviot Park Motor Lodge
Western Hills Drive
info@cheviotpark.co.nz; 0508 243 846

Studio – $190
1 bed 3 or 4 pax – $215 +15 ext
2 3 bedroom houses – $370 for 4 pax
! queen, 3 single, Queen + single 1 bathroom

Nice owner – 7% off for group booking

Avenue Heights Motel
335 Western Hills Drive
motel@avenueheights.co.nz; 0800 4382 737

Studio – $205
1 bed and 2 bed for 5 pax
Will give 10% off for group – been refurbished

Motel Sierra
26 Western Hills Drive
Motelsierra@xtra.co.nz; 0800 187 187

23 units – studio – $150
1 bed and 2 bed sleep 5 – $190 2 pax

Aaron Court
22 Wolfe St up quiet st
info@aaroncourtmotel.co.nz; 0800 730731

5 King Studio – $150
1 bed – king + 2 single – $170
Also 2 and 3 bed – $220 3 pax

Updated and will give 10% or more for group
Nice

HOTELS

Distinction – Over bridge from centre town.

Normal rate $190 for studio but get best rates if go to website and register as DClub member (free) and apply for discounts

Quest Hotel – centre of town

Studio – $227
2 bed – $474 room

Bordeaux Lodge – 361 Western Hills Drive
info@lodgebordeaus.co.nz; 09 4380404

Studio – $230
Also 1 bed
More upmarket place – will give discount if book as group

Waimoana Garden Accommodation
www.whangareibedandbreakfast.com
0212546706
Very nice B and B with lovely garden and trees

2 rooms only – $130 and $165 for larger room

Lovely place and will give discount
(big discount if you bring your pruners!)

Stonehaven Motel – Mill Road
10 units – Will give discount if no of persons and configuration known

Kingswood Motel – Kamo Road

13 units – $150 – $160

Burgandy Motel – Kamo Road

9 units – $150 studio

Kensington Court – Kamo Road

$150-$160

Continental Motel – Kamo Road

18 rooms – Studio – $165
1 bedroom Queen = 2 single – $182

Enquiries

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