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This article was published on 6 May 2019

We’re heading to Fieldays – let’s meet you there!

12-15 June 2019
Mystery Creek, Hamilton

The iconic New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest agricultural event, showcasing New Zealand’s world-beating agricultural technology and innovation. This year it’s happening from 12-15 June.

As New Zealand’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation will be there in our role to activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. Our 2019 Fieldays programme will highlight the latest innovations in key areas for agritech including robotics and automation, nutrient management, satellite, UAV and IoT.

Here are some of the activities we’ll be involved with and we’d love to see you there.


Agritech Seminar Series

Agritech Seminar Centre

These free seminars, organised by Callaghan Innovation with support from NZTE, are designed for agriculture businesses, investors and farmers. All seminars will be held in the International Business Centre.

Seating is limited. Register online to reserve your place.

  • How robotics and automation can boost productivity

- Wednesday 12 June, 10.30am-11.30am

Labour shortages and reduced productivity are an ongoing challenge for the agricultural industry. Robotics and automation offer major opportunities for farming, with the potential to complete repetitive on-farm tasks, freeing up skilled farmworkers.    

This seminar will showcase some of these technologies – including autonomous robots, software and AI - and how they’re being used to increase farm productivity. There will be short presentations by 6 to 8 organisations that will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
  • Sustainable farming practices: managing on-farm nutrients.

- Thursday 13 June, 9.30am-10.30am

Sustainable farming practices are critical to New Zealand’s agricultural future. Government is committed to supporting sustainable farming and is establishing dedicated funds to support innovative solutions. 
Agritech innovations are being used to address effluent management, reduce GHG emissions from livestock, and provide better pastoral management and reliable on-farm monitoring techniques. 
This seminar will be a showcase of some of the companies working in this space and the technology being developed to assist with on-farm nutrient management. This tech can help farmers meet regulatory requirements and make better use of resources for greater productivity and returns.
There will be short presentations by 6 to 8 organisations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 


  • The power of connected farms: Satellite, UAVs and IoT Technology 

- Thursday 13 June, 3.30pm-4.30am

New technologies are being used to enable better, more accurate on-farm monitoring and management, giving farmers the ability to make informed decisions about land and stock, and increase productivity. 
Agritech companies are using satellite technology to drive smart farm applications, delivering innovations in automated feeding systems, virtual fencing and on-farm management systems.
This seminar showcases some of the products and services using satellite connectivity and introduces the NZ Aerospace Challenge looking at how space-based data could revolutionise the agritech sector. There will be short presentations by 6 to 8 organisations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 

Innovation Tours

Cdax robot

Join a group tour to see some of the New Zealand innovations that are solving problems for farmers locally and internationally. Each one-hour, guided walking tour will follow a different theme and will offer participants the chance to hear short talks on new technologies and innovations.

  • Wednesday 12 June
    -Robotics and automation: 3.00-4.00pm      
  • Thursday 13 June
    -Nutrient management: 2.00-3.00pm
  • Friday 14 June
    -Satellite, UAV and IoT: 10.00-11.00am

Register online now to join a tour.

International Business Centre

Fieldays International  Business Centre

The International Business Centre (IBC) offers a relaxed and professional environment to conduct business during your visit to Fieldays.

It’s the perfect place for exhibitors and international business visitors to meet and make new connections during Fieldays. The IBC will also host the Agritech Seminar Series and will be the starting location for the guided Innovation Tours.

A team from Fieldays, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation will be on hand at the IBC if you would like to be introduced to New Zealand businesses, international delegations, or if you have questions about exhibitors and events.

The IBC also features:

  • Bookable meeting and seminar rooms
  • A comfortable lounge area
  • Wi-Fi and work spaces

Private meeting rooms and seminar spaces are limited, so we recommend booking early. Please email your request to: or enquire at the IBC reception desk.

Fieldays Innovation Awards – Thursday 13 June, 6.45am


The Fieldays Innovation Awards showcase new products from New Zealand and help winners grow their businesses by introducing them to the marketplace and facilitating networks to commercial success.

This year, once again, we will be sponsoring the Callaghan Innovation Award for Partnership & Collaboration, which recognises New Zealand agriculture businesses or products that have demonstrated strong and successful collaboration and/or partnerships with a research, market or business partner. The winning company will be awarded a $3,000 prize package, comprising a combination of cash and services.

The winner will be announced at the Fieldays Innovation Breakfast on Thursday 13 June.

Find out more at the Fieldays website.


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