Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) Group chairman Shane
McManaway, of the Wairarapa, who will be in Queenstown next
week attending the 2014 PPP Conference, involving almost
200 top farming professionals from New Zealand and
Australia. Photo supplied.
Almost 200 of Australia and New Zealand's leading
agri-professionals will converge on Queenstown this week in
what has been described as the ''biggest gathering of
agricultural economic grunt in Australasia''.
The 2014 Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) Conference will be
held in the resort for two days from today, led by Wairarapa
deer and beef farmer Shane McManaway, also the chairman of
the PPP Group.
About 60 of New Zealand's top farming professionals will be
included in the conference, including representatives from
Fonterra, Beef + Lamb, Silver Fern Farms, Federated Farmers,
Shanghai Pengxin, Dairy Holdings, NZ Merino Co and the
Ministry of Primary Industries.
The conference provides a platform for topical industry
discussion and problem solving, giving farmers from both
countries the chance to share and swap knowledge and
''The PPP Group is now a powerful collective of the key rural
movers and shakers in Australia and New Zealand.
''As such, our conference is fast becoming the must-attend
networking event on the country calendar,'' Mr McManaway
The delegates are expected to debate food safety, succession
planning, social media, trade opportunities, how to raise the
positive profile of agriculture and men's health during the
conference, themed ''Peaks & Valleys'', representing the
ups and downs farmers experience - as well as the Queenstown
Keynote speakers include Beef + Lamb's resigning chairman
Mike Petersen, Silver Fern Farm's chief executive Keith
Cooper and Fonterra's John Monaghan, former All Black Richard
Loe, Warriors nutritionist Lee-Ann Wann and men's health
expert Bernie McKone.
Mr McManaway said details of a new industry award to
recognise future agri leaders would also be announced at the
The award had been created by members of the PPP Group in
honour of the late Zanda McDonald, a PPP founding member and
Australian beef industry representative who died last year
following a farm accident.