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Welcome to The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS)

NZIAHS exists to promote:

  • the professional interests of members
  • the views of professional agriculturalists & horticulturalists
  • the development of science and technology in agriculture & horticulture
  • the use of agricultural & horticultural technology.


NZIAHS represents over 600 members covering all aspects of the primary sector including research and teaching in the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), the universities and the private sector; primary industry companies involved with the meat, wool, dairy, fertiliser and horticulture sectors; extension and management specialists and students.
We have 11 corporate members including PGG Wrightson, DairyNZ, AGMARDT, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Horticulture New Zealand, Federated Farmers, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Catalyst R&D, Massey and Lincoln


Wednesday 16 July 2014 Russell Room, Wharerata, Massey University, Palmerston North


The assessment and quantification of Ecosystem Services provided by Natural Capital is an emerging area of research which attempts to recognise the direct benefits provided by the natural environment for human enterprise and well-being. This work is of direct relevance to future natural resource policy development as it integrates existing knowledge from a number of disciplines to give a whole-system perspective on the impacts of human decision-making on service provision in the context of environmental change. The seminar will cover an outline of the Natural Capital-Ecosystem Services (NCES) approach from the research community, and how the approach is being applied by policy-makers in central and local government. ...MORE

Full Programme and reservation form
10:00am Science – Describe the NCES framework & current research – Introduction by Chair 10:05am Overview of NCES Dr Brent Clothier, Plant & Food Research
10:30am International context Dr Estelle Dominati, AgResearch
10:50am Putting NCES into practise Dr Alec Mackay, AgResearch
11.10am Mapping Ecosystem Services Dr John Dymond, Landcare Research
11:30am Cultural Ecosystem Services of forestry Dr Richard Yao, Scion
11.50am KEYNOTE – How MPI might view the concept of NCES Dr Ian Ferguson, Chief Science Advisor to MPI
12.15pm Discussion/panel
12:30pm LUNCH
1:00pm Policy and Industry application of NCES Introduction by Chair
1:05pm Beat Huser, Waikato Regional Council 1:20pm Tony Rhodes, PGGWrightson
1.35pm Richard Munneke, Horizons Regional Councll 1.50pm Helen Marr, Perception Planning
2:05pm The New Zealand Natural Capital Assessment Project Rebecca Bird, Department of Conservation
2:25pm Discussion/panel
2:30pm AFTERNOON TEAPolitical Forum Free of charge
3:00pm - 4.30pm

Political Forum
Chair: Steve Maharey,
Vice Chancellor, Massey University
Question session
Shane Ardern, National Party
Hon Damien O’Connor, Labour Party
Steffan Browning, Green Party
Richard Prosser, NZ First Party

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