Winter Lectures 2011

Previous lectures are listed here with access to notes from the speakers.

1. Rural New Zealand Biofuels – the future could arrive any time: July 8th

Speaker:      Rocky Renquist, Plant and Food Research Download presentation notes here

Rocky is a crop research scientist. Bio-energy can replace ¼ of all energy use by 2050 and reduce the footprint of ag products. Having identified better conversion technologies, Rocky has worked on crops and crop residues to supply fuel plants. His focus is on bio-energy for rural New Zealand. One of the more sensible and positive presentations on this topical topic!

2.  Ground Water Resources – beginners guide to hydrology: July 15th

Speaker:      Tony Davoren, HydroServices Download presentation notes here

Tony is a hydrologist with extensive experience in irrigation, soil water, surface and groundwater water resources. He explained key hydrology concepts needed to make sense of well tests and groundwater science. What does an aquifer report tell me? How do we know if current take levels are sustainable? A lot of people went away with measurements to arrange!

3. Bees – what’s happening in the hive: July 22nd

Speaker:      Peter Berry, Berry Beekeeping Download presentation notes here

Fresh from the National Beekeepers Association Conference, Peter updated us on the latest developments. He is a conservationist, tramper, hunter, fisherman, farm forester, muso and playwright. He is also passionate about bees, with lifelong beekeeping experience. A critical “tool” for pollinating many of our crops – horticultural and agricultural – bio-security incursions have made bee keeping much tougher.

4. Managing and making sense of data: July 29th

Speaker:      Mark Rodgers, “Datatamer”/ Hilltop Software Download presentation notes here

Mark is a data management specialist and developer of Datatamer software which is used by regional councils and irrigation schemes. He explained how data from water meters, river monitoring, soil moisture and other sensors can be captured, cleaned, stored and made available. What is this data for and how can it help me? Very interesting to see the different interpretations possible depending on time scales considered.

5. Employment Matters – getting it right: August 5th

Speaker:      Gill Riley, Grow Human Resources Download presentation notes here

Gill is an HR specialist with experience in management and operational HR across many sectors. She presents a common sense approach to people issues, good employment structures, and ways to de-escalate issues. Her focus is excellence and optimal results through integration of all business operations. Talk to people and listen.

6. Lean Production – taking the waste out of what we do: August 12th

Speaker:               Glenn Manahi, SBF Download presentation notes here

Glenn is the director of SBF, a company facilitating businesses into “lean” ways of thinking and doing. Lean is about doing more with less: less time, inventory, space and money; getting the process right the first time. Glenn delivered an engaging, fun interactive session looking at systems – what works, what doesn’t and what gets in the way.

7.  Social Media – business in the online era for Rural Communities: August 19th

Speaker:      Matthew Miller, Mogul Download presentation notes here

Matt has a wealth of experience in digital marketing and web development. He enlightened us on social media including Facebook and Twitter – what role do they have in keeping rural communities connected with each other,  their markets and the rest of the world.

8.  Interpreting leaf and petiole test results: August 26th

Speakers:    Mike White, Analytical Research Laboratories and Andre Lubbe, Ravensdown Download presentation notes here

Mike and Andre will co-present this session on testing plant material and turning results into fertiliser recommendations. They will use grapes as a case study to explain what your tests tell you about your crop. Mike and Andre are happy to answer questions about other crops that have particular interest to attendees.


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