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The Olives New Zealand Conference and Annual Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards to be held on Saturday 22 September 2007 in Wellington, New Zealand, has just released their conference program. See below.

8.30am – 9.00am
Coffee & Registration

9.00am – 9.15am
Kerry Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington – Welcome

9.15am – 9.45am
Mike Armour, President of Olives New Zealand – Review of the past 12 months and preview of the next 12 months

9.45am – 10.30am
Angie Huppert, general manager – Marketing & Innovation, New Zealand Merino “The success when an industry works together”

10.30am – 10.45am
Morning Tea (kindly sponsored by Simunovich Olive Estate Olive Body Care products)

10.45am – 11.30pm
Philip Gregan, CEO – New Zealand Wine Institute – “The lessons learned by wine which olives still has to experience”

11.30am – 12 midday
Ian Turk, Horticulture New Zealand – Introduction of an olive industry commodity levy

12 midday – 1.00pm
Lunch (kindly sponsored by Mantissa Corporation Ltd)

1.00pm – 3.00pm
Olives New Zealand Annual General Meeting – Including Executive Reports

3.00pm – 3.15pm
Afternoon tea (kindly sponsored by Arthur Holmes Ltd)

3.15pm – 3.45pm
Andrew Taylor, horticulturalist – an alternative viewpoint

3.45 – 4.30pm
Roberto Zecca – an international viewpoint (generously supported by AGMARDT)

4.30- 5pm
Gerard Bescamusca – Mantissa Corporation Ltd – introduction to grove management software programme


Gala dinner (generously sponsored by C B Norwood Ltd)

The Best In Show winner will win a $100 book voucher and a 12 month subscription to Olivegrower & Processor and a 2007 Olive Industry Directory. All gold medal winners will receive a 2007 Olive Industry Directory, proudly donated by Ryan Publications.

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