Conference 2017: Details

Managing soil and water interaction through people and science


Invercargill | 10-12 October 2017

Venue: Transport Museum

View the NZARM conference programme here

View more information about the speakers here

The annual NZARM conference is an opportunity for members from across New Zealand to come together to learn, share experience and network with other members. The theme of this year’s conference is “Managing soil and water interaction through people and science”.

The conference will be held over three days – the first day to be held at the Transport Museum in Invercargill, and the following two days are field trips around the region to see the people, land and soil that Southland has to offer.

Join us at Transport World for day one of the conference where you’ll hear from speakers on a global, national and regional scale. Learn more about the innovative science programme happening in Southland. Due to the unique ‘Physiographics of Southland’ the region has been grouped into different zones according to factors such as water origin, soil type, geology and topography. Now being used in the planning and extension areas of Council, recommendations for good on-farm management practices are tailored as each zone is different in the way contaminants build up and move through the soil and aquifers, and into streams and rivers.

While still in the early stages of the freshwater engagement process, Southland’s catchment groups are setting themselves up and taking a practical approach to promoting and adopting good management practices.

Every year, more than a million visitors come to admire the beauty of Southland’s environment; from our world heritage parks, internationally recognised wetlands, to our great walks and ancient forests. Rivers traverse the land and spill into the mighty lakes of Te Anau, Manapouri and Hauroko (New Zealand’s deepest lake) and down to internationally recognised estuaries and wetlands before joining the sea where they meet the longest coastline of any region in the country.

State of the art sporting facilities, successful family businesses and innovative attractions create memories that will be hard to forget. Southland is known for its friendly people, wide open streets and captivating scenery. Conference delegates will be treated to a Southland experience, and we can’t wait to welcome you south to the 2017 NZARM conference at Transport World, Invercargill.


Registration rates are as follows:

Members (Become a member here)
Full registration – Early Bird* $450.00
Full registration – Standard $550.00
Day 1 Registration only – Early Bird* $150.00
Day 1 Registration only – Standard $175.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Early Bird* $300.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Standard $400.00
Non-member – Early Bird Registrations* $500.00
Non-Member – Full $600.00
Day 1 Registration only – Early Bird* $200.00
Day 1 Registration only – Standard $250.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Early Bird* $350.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Standard $450.00
Student – Early Bird* $300.00
Student – Standard $400.00

*Early bird registrations close on Tuesday, August 31st. All rates include GST.

Call for Submissions for Poster Papers for the NZARM 2017 Conference

The organising committee of this year’s NZARM conference in Invercargill are calling for submissions on poster papers for this year’s event. The topic for this year will be “Farm Environmental Plans”

There is strong interest in the role of farm plans across New Zealand and in the practical and logistical ways they are created. We invite you to discuss anything about farm environment plans in the poster papers. You may want to cover one or many aspects of farm environmental planning. Some examples of topics or content may include (but not limited to);

  • The aim of your FEP plan or programme
  • Good management practices
  • Most common advice on GMP given
  • Farm plans on a farm scale
  • Farm plans on a catchment/regional scale
  • Uptake of recommendations – time taken, amount of uptake etc
  • Industry/organisation programme for FEP roll out

The posters will be on display from the beginning of day one. The NZARM conference members will receive a brief, general introduction and explanation about the posters at the end of day one.

Posters need not be accompanied with presentations. Rather, there will be an opportunity for authors to stand near their poster to discuss the posters with conference members for a short period of time, after the formal presentations on day one have finished.

The committee will be receiving poster paper submissions until 31 August 2017. Please present your posters on an A0 size and bring them along.

The conference committee openly invites your enquiries and questions. Please feel free to email me


Please quote “NZARM” when booking at these hotels to get special rates:

Ascot Park Hotel
Cnr Racecourse Rd & Tay St, Invercargill
(03) 219 9076

Balmoral Lodge Motel
265 Tay Street, Invercargill
(03) 219 9050

Other accommodation options:

Tower Lodge Motel
119 Queens Dr, Richmond, Invercargill
03-217 6729

Birchwood Manor
189 Tay St, Invercargill
03-218 8881

Monarch Motel
633 Tay St, Hawthorndale, Invercargill
03-217 6114

Comfort Inn Tayesta Motel
343 Tay St, Turnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill
03-217 6074

Quest Serviced Apartments
10 Dee St, Invercargill
03-211 3966

Ibis Styles
15 Tay St, Invercargill
03-211 3800

143 Mary St, Richmond, Invercargill
03-217 6119

Admiral Court Motel
327 Tay St, Turnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill
03-217 1117

Queens Park Motel
85 Alice St, Gladstone, Invercargill
03-214 4504

Bella Vista
240 Tay St, Turnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill
03-217 9799

Experience the Southland/Fiordland region:

For more information on what to do in the Southland/Fiordland region, visit the Southland website.

All registration queries should be directed to:
Jenna Collett
On-cue conferences
Ph: 03 928 0620

For more information on the programme contact:
Nathan Cruickshank
Environment Southland
Ph: 03 211 5458

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Conference resources

Poster papers