Event: National Fieldays Show Preview


The time of year may be different, but the giant that is New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays® is fast approaching, with this year’s event being held in November

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The time of year may be different, but the giant that is New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays® is fast approaching, with this year’s event being held in November due to COVID restrictions that prevented it from being held in June, its traditional month.

Building is well underway at the Mystery Creek site, with more than 1000 contractors working from scratch to create the small city.

Peter Nation, CEO of the National New Zealand Fieldays Society says that this year, Fieldays will be the same event, in the same location, but just at a different time.

"Obviously Fieldays is going to look a little bit different this year – instead of gumboots and beanies, we’ll be seeing bucket hats and jandals. Of course, the atmosphere and opportunities will still be the same; it’s clear that won’t change in any way.

"For more than 50 years, Fieldays has been the place to be for members of the agricultural community across the country. This year will be no exception. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to join in on one of our most iconic events but this time, we’ll be doing it all in the sunshine. Same same, but different."

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The Mystery Creek site is transformed into a small city during Fieldays

Fieldays Forestry Hub

Among the inclusions this year is an opportunity to learn about the forestry sector from more than 40 sector organisations and companies under one roof.

Under the theme of ‘Wood – our low-carbon future’, the Fieldays Forestry Hub will be a dedicated space at this year’s event, giving visitors the chance to explore the many facets of the forestry and wood processing sector and how the sector has a vital role in mitigating climate change.

The experiences will include two forestry simulators on-site so visitors big and small can experience what it’s like to operate machinery in a forest. 

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Fieldays Opportunity Grows Here Hub

Fieldays is also partnering with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to launch the Fieldays Opportunity Grows Here Careers Hub, which will showcase the depth and breadth of New Zealand’s thriving food and fibre sector.

The interactive hub aims to be an engaging platform for attendees to learn about food and fibre career pathways and consider joining a thriving sector.
Ray Smith, director-general of MPI, says primary industries have grown despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

"New Zealand’s food and fibre sector is leading the nation’s recovery from COVID-19 by keeping vital food and fibre flowing domestically and overseas. For the first time, annual export revenue reached more than $52.2 billion in the year to 30 June 2022.

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"There are rewarding, life-long careers available in food and fibre right across the supply chain, and we’re excited to showcase these within the Fieldays Opportunity Grows Here Careers Hub."

Peter says that the Careers Hub is an important part of its mission to advance agriculture.

"As the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event, we have a duty to help future-proof the sector through educating people on where the opportunities lie in food and fibre.

"We’re excited to partner with MPI to provide Fieldays attendees with an interactive showcase of New Zealand’s ideas, products, and services that are in such high demand across the globe."

Fieldays Innovation Awards

The Fieldays Innovation Awards are the ultimate launch platform for Primary Innovation and are a globally renowned awards programme. The total prize package is more than $60,000 worth of cash, services, and products.

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The Fieldays Innovation awards clearly represent the innovation lifecycle in three award categories: Prototype, Early-Stage, and Growth & Scale. Special recognition
is also given to younger innovators, with
an award for the Fieldays Young Innovator of the year, which is doubling to $2000
this year.

Fieldays 2022 begins on 30 November and ends on 3 December. Tickets can be purchased via the Fieldays website at tickets.fieldays.co.nz/tickets.

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