Information for people attending the SFTS 20-22 August 2017 in Dunedin.

See information below from The Southern Fine Turf Seminar Committee.  This information is also available on the 'Southern Fine Turf Seminar' facebook page.

Welcome to the Southern Fine Turf Seminar and the 50th Celebrations of the Southern Turf Managers Assn ...

Dear Golf, STANZ and Trade Partners,

I would like to welcome each one of you to the 2017 Southern Fine Turf Seminar.
As Chairman of the organizing committee, we look forward to what is undoubtedly an exciting and educational programme. We have bought together the region’s and industry’s most inspiring people to ensure our programme is interesting and provides relevant, cutting edge content. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time at the seminar, and in our wonderful city of Dunedin and what it has to offer. We look forward to your company and a chat over the duration of the seminar.
Below is some information about registration times , seminar bus timetables, travel from the airport into the city, happy hour Monday, the golf tournament and 50th celebration dinner on Sunday prior to the seminar.
We must reiterate that the timetable below including the bus timetable will be strictly adhered to, so ensure you allow plenty of time for each session. You can download the programme from our Facebook Page, Southern Fine Turf Seminar, to get the time tables for each event. There will also be a programme timetable in your seminar pack.

Registration for all delegates will be at the following times:



Registration Desk will be attended at the following times:

Sunday 20th

Otago Golf Club

9.30am – 11.30am

Sunday 20th

Scenic Circle Hotel

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Monday 21st

4th Floor, Forsyth Barr Stadium

7.30am – 10.30am.

There will be buses to all events but you must have registered with the committee if you required this service.

The bus timetable for the events is below:


Travelling From & To

Time Leaving Hotel

Time leaving venue returning back to Hotel

Sunday 20th

Hotel to Golf - return trip



Sunday 20th

Hotel to Dinner -return trip


between 10-11pm

Monday 21st

Hotel to Seminar -return trip



Tuesday 22nd

Hotel to Seminar -return trip



Happy Hour, Monday Evening:
We invite all seminar delegates, including Trade partners to the Good George Bar (the old Terrace Bar) in the Octagon for an hour refreshments. To receive your drinks courtesy of the SFTS, you must wear lanyards and name tags on the night. Some food may be available during the ‘happy hour’.
Happy hour is from 6.30- 7-30pm.

Transport from Dunedin airport to the city:
When flying to Dunedin airport there are both shuttle Buses and Taxi stands directly outside the Terminal entrance as you exist the Terminal .The time from the airport to the city is about 30 minutes to the hotels or Otago Golf Club.

Parklands –STMA Life Members Golf Tournament:
Those who are registered for the Parklands –STMA Life Members Golf Tournament, there will be a shot gun start at 11am at the Otago Golf Cub (Balmacewen course).

The Southern Turf Managers Assn 50th Celebration Dinner:
The Southern Turf Managers Assn 50th celebration dinner is at the Clubhouse at the Otago Golf Club.
Pre-dinner drinks commence at 6.15pm and everyone must be seated by 7pm for the night’s dinner and entertainment.

Post Seminar things to do:
Some of you may be lucky enough to be staying around for the Bledisloe Clash on Saturday 26th at Forsyth Barr. Whether it be enjoying some of Central Otago’s breath taking golf courses, fantastic Ski-fields or superb wineries in between days.
If you are staying in Dunedin take the time to enjoy some of our attractions. Perhaps a harbour cruise on the Monarch, a visit to our Royal Albatross colony, view our Historic Railway Station or take a trip on the Taieri Gorge Excursion train are just a sample of the many attractions on offer in our beautiful city.

We hope you enjoy our event, and the camaraderie within all of your peers. Sharing knowledge, experiences and information are all positives for our industry. To share a laugh and a drink are also good for the soul, and all part of the enjoyment we hope you take away from this event.
If anybody needs additional information regarding Dunedin, please don’t hesitate to ask a committee member, I’m sure between all of us we will point you in the right direction!

Welcome again to you all, enjoy the seminar and thank you for your support.

Craig Parata
Chairman Southern Fine Turf Seminar

Fine Turf Seminar - Dunedin 2017

The Southern Turf Managers Association will be hosting a Fine Turf Seminar to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  This celebration is kicked off on Sunday the 20th August 2017 with a Golf Tournament at the Otago Golf Club, the oldest Golf Club in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by a Dinner in the evening.

Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of August will be a 2 day Fine Turf Seminar at one of the few successful roofed Stadiums in the world - “Forsyth Barr Stadium”.

Below is links to the Registration Form, Information and the official SFTS Programme.

If you require accommodation we would advise you to book as soon as possible as Dunedin has the Australia vs NZ rugby test the following weekend and could see accommodation at a premium.  There is 100 rooms at the Scenic Circle Hotel at a special rate - book now through or phone 03 474 6016

Southern Fine Turf Seminar Cost:  (late fee applies after 20 July 2017 so register before then - link to registration form is below)

Delegates $250

Trainees $225

(Golf and STMA dinner not included in seminar cost)

Registration forms can be returned via postal address on the form or viz email on

SFTS Programme

SFTS Information Leaflet

SFTS Registration Form


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