NZGCSA Sponsorship to 2018 Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition Opportunity

The NZGCSA is pleased to announce that the following members have been offered the opportunity of sponsorship to the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Wellington 25-28 June 2018 (Not long to go now!!).  The sponsorship is for the registration fee component.  We hope that you have a great time and learn heaps.

Alex Yates (Royal Wellington Golf Club)

Ben Finn (Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club)

Connor Scott (Titirangi Golf Club)

Jason LaRose (Wanaka Golf Club)

Jud Rawcliffe (Arrowtown Golf Club)

Mark Wilson (Matamata Golf Club)

Raymond Fanning (Dunes Resort)

Shay Melis (Marton Golf Club)

Stuart Baird (Akarana Golf Club)

The conference is shaping up to be a awesome event and we thank all those who have already registered to attend! Its great to see all the support from our industry for this event and it will be certainly a wonderful opportunity and experience to have a Australasian conference right here in New Zealand.

Look forward to seeing you all there.


The 80th AGM of the NZGCSA will be held at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Wellington on Wednesday 27 June 2018 starting at 7.30am - Bright and early!  Look forward to seeing you there.

A reminder that nominations for election of officers need to be emailed to by Thursday 17 May 2018.

NZGCSA Sponsorship to 2018 Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition Opportunity

We hope that everyone managed to get a little time off over the Easter break and enjoyed some down time with family and friends.

The NZGCSA is very pleased to announce the sponsorship of a limited number of registrations to the 2018 Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition being held 25-28 June 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.

These registrations are valued at $999 each and will be paid for by the NZGCSA. This is open to all financial members of the NZGCSA and includes those people that have yet to register and also those that have already registered for the conference. Please note that this is for the registration component only and that recipients will be responsible for all other costs associated with attending the conference.

To apply for this fantastic opportunity simply complete the application form and let us know in under 100 words why and how you attending the 2018 Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Wellington would benefit you and your career.

So here is your chance to be able to attend the inaugural Australasian conference so get to work on your application now. Entries close on 20 April 2018 and all applications with an email address on them will be acknowledged as having been received. The winners will be advised once the NZGCSA selection panel have collated the entries and this is anticipated to be by mid-May 2018.

This is yet another benefit of belonging to the NZGCSA and we hope that you will avail yourself of the opportunity. As always the judges’ decisions shall be final and no correspondence entered into.

Click here for Application Form

For more information about the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition see the conference website

Steve Hodson

NZGCSA President

021 2323 106

Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018

The NZGCSA in conjunction with Jacobsen are very pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected to take part in this year's Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) which is being held in Melbourne, Australia, 25-27 March 2018.

Andre Arthur (Kauri Cliffs)

Ben Finn (Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club)

Sam Davis (The Hills)

Yannick Webber (Cape Kidnappers)

To those selected - Congratulations!!!  Not only will you benefit from the invaluable FTMI course content but you also have the chance to network and establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch.

Once again the calibre of applicants was very high and thank you to all those that applied.

Our thanks also goes to Jacobsen for their continued support of our industry and in particular the  FTMI initiative.

Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition 2018

The NZGCSA along with the AGCSA welcome you and the turf industry to the Australasian Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition which is being held at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, 25-28 June 2018.  The theme of the conference is "Tipu Tahi - Growing Together".

This event is the result of a number of years of work between our two associations and will provide a fantastic opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this and more here in New Zealand without having to leave our shores.

Earlybird registrations are now being taken, but please note the cut off for this is 31 January 2018 so make sure you register before then to receive the discounted price.

Register on the Conference website to secure your place and be part of this inaugural event which for the first time is being held in Wellington, New Zealand.

To register and also see information on pricing, speakers and programme, accommodation, trade show plus lots more visit the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition website which is:

We look forward to seeing you there!

NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf

With the valuable support of PGG Wrightson Turf the NZGCSA is very happy to invite applications for the 2017 NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf.

This a great opportunity for you and your golf club to be rewarded for your efforts towards making the environment a better place now and for the future. At a time when many eyes are looking at our and associated industries on the use of fertilisers and chemicals this is an awesome chance to show that we act responsible and sustainable with our practices and with the environment that surrounds us.

Don’t feel that you have to have completely achieved the package environmentally to apply. It is an on- going and evolving process and you may be part way but well into your goals to improve your course environmentally.

The winning Golf Club will receive $3500 cash prize and the winning Superintendent a cash prize of $1500 used solely for continued education/study trip for environmental stewardship both courtesy of PGG Wrightson Turf.

Applications close Friday 23rd February 2018 and the award is open to NZGCSA Class A members working on NZ golf courses.  The Award is being presented and recognised at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference which is taking place in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.

See links below for Application Form and Guide

The NZGCSA is very appreciative for the support of PGG Wrightson Turf for this award.

2017 NZGCSA Environment Award Application Form

2017 NZGCSA Environment Award Guide

NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products

The NZGCSA and Parkland Products are very excited and pleased to be able to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products. This is the premier award and recognition of excellence within the NZ golf course management.

The award will be judged in early 2018 by 2 NZGCSA Life members culminating with the presentation of the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award to be made at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference being held in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.

The award is open to all Class A members of the NZGCSA so get your applications filled in and returned, to be recognised for your commitment to Excellence.  As well as a prize purse of $6000 for the winner Parkland are also generously giving $3000 for the runner up on the proviso that there are a minimum of 5 applicants.

Judging will have criteria focus on having consistently produced and outstanding playing surfaces, while managing relationships with staff and stakeholders in a highly professional manner. In other words, they are looking for the complete package in excellence.

So if you want to be judged amongst your peers for your efforts of excellence at your golf course we invite your application now.

Click on link below for a copy of the 2017 Application Form and Guide.

Applications need to returned by Friday 16 February 2018 to NZGCSA, 7a Lex Avenue, Green Bay, Auckland, 0604 or emailed to

The NZGCSA is extremely grateful to Chris Todd and the team at Parkland for their continued support.

2017 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award Application Form and Guide

Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018

The NZGCSA would like to announce that the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) will be held in early 2018.

Once again the FTMI will be held in conjunction with Jacobsen and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) and will be held from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Tuesday 27 March 2018 in Melbourne, Australia!

 Applications are open and will be accepted from 1 November 2017 with the closing date being Thursday 14 December 2017.

This is a awesome opportunity and NZ successful candidates will enjoy a mentoring programme with their Australian counterparts.  Not only do candidates benefit from the invaluable FTMI course content but also have the chance to network and establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch.

There has always been so much positive feedback about the FTMI and the experience it offers, so don't delay, complete your application form, include a mentors supporting letter, ensure you meet the qualifying criteria and get your application to us by Thursday 14 December 2017 for a chance to attend.  Good luck to all.

As always we are very pleased to have and would like to say a big thank you to the ongoing support of Jacobsen to make the FTMI happen and give our NZGCSA members the chance to attend.

Please note, in addition to the FTMI application form a supporting letter from a mentor must also be included as part of your application for the 2018 FTMI.

Information about what is involved and how to apply is on the FTMI Guide and Application form - links below. 

2018 FTMI Application Form

2018 FTMI Application Guide

Australasian Turfgrass Conference - Wellington - 25-29 June 2018

We are very pleased to advise that the dates for the combined conference in Wellington next year have been set at 25-29 June 2018 with the venue being the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6. The two working parties are currently looking at the logistics of everything including speakers, timetables and costs. As more details are finalised the information will be updated accordingly.

We urge all our members to earmark this event for next year as it will be an opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics both trade related and management, and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this here in New Zealand without the additional costs of having to fly to another country to do so.

The NZGCSA will be looking at ways to assist members in attending the conference and again once formulated members will be advised.

NZGCSA AGM - Presidents Report and End of Year Financial Accounts (2017)

The NZGCSA AGM will be held at the Southern Fine Turf Seminar on Monday 21 August at 2.45pm, all NZGCSA members are welcome to attend.

The Presidents Report and NZGCSA End of Year Financial Report are available prior to the AGM for any NZGCSA member to view.

On the link below is The President report by our NZGCSA President Steve Hodson.

To request a copy of the NZGCSA End of Year Financial accounts (2017) or last years (2016) AGM minutes please email Fiona at for a pdf copy of these.

There will also be a few copies of each of these available at the AGM. 

Presidents Report - Click here to view

Southern Fine Turf Seminar - Dunedin 20 - 22 August 2017

Attached in the link below is the programme for the Southern Fine Turf Seminar.  

The SFTS takes place in Dunedin 20 -22 August 2017 and has content for everyone with various topics, speakers, a golf tournament, dinner and field trip.  Take a look and register to attend.  A copy of the registration form is available on the 'Conference' page tab on the tool bar at the top of this page. 

All Turf Managers and people in the industry are welcome to attend. More information is on our Conference page. 

Get updates and information on the SFTS on FaceBook by following the FaceBook page 'Southern Fine Turf Seminar'

Click here to see SFTS programme

Announcement of 2017 FTMI Candidates

The process of applicants vying for this year’s FTMI selection has now been completed.  As with previous years the calibre of applicants was extremely high resulting in a very close competition.

NZGCSA in conjunction with the Jacobsen are very pleased to announce the following persons who will travel to Australia next month for the FTMI training at Twin Waters;

George Flynn (Pukekohe Golf Club)

Alex Yates (Royal Wellington Golf Club)

Connor Scott (Titirangi Golf Club)

Kiel Stechman (Manawatu Golf Club)

Lance Morrin (Pakuranga Golf Club)

Congratulations to all those selected and we know the experience will help you all to grow as individuals and also as future leaders within the turf industry.  The opportunity allows you to mix with your Australian counterparts and to forge relationships for the future.

My thanks also to the 2 NZGCSA board members and 1 Jacobsen International judges for their involvement with the judging process and also for the work that our Administration Officer Fiona put into collating all the information.  And of course my extreme thanks to our sponsor Jacobsen who have allowed the dream to happen for the five above.

Steve Hodson

NZGCSA President

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”.

At this time there are 40 rooms booked at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross - to receive the discount rates for this event please use the code 7489762 when booking accommodation.

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, daytime phone number - 03 477 0752 or mobile 027 230 743

If you would like further information you can contact the Committee of the Southern Turf Managers Association below but we will update information regarding this event on the NZGCSA website as it becomes available.

John Humphries, mobile 027 555 0398.

NZGCSA Life Membership

The NZGCSA would like to announce that Peter Boyd has been presented Life Membership of the NZGCSA.

Peter has been recognised for his many years of contribution to the turf industry throughout his career, he has been involved for a number of years with the Auckland Golf Course Superintendents Association and the NZGCSA Executive.

Congratulations Peter on your achievement of NZGCSA Life Membership. 

Primary ITO - Sports Turf Qualifications – Fee Increases

Please click on the below link to see announcement from the Primary ITO regarding fee changes to sports turf qualifications.

Primary ITO document

NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products

Congratulations to Andy Wood from Kauri Cliffs who is the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award winner.

Runner up is John Spraggs from Royal Wellington Golf Club. 

NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016 - Dr. Fred Yelverton - Question and Answer Sessions

Dr Fred Yelverston is one of the main speakers at the NZ Turf Conference and Expo 27-28 June 2016 at SKYCITY.

Fred’s accomplishments are impressive and unfortunately we are we are only able to scratch the surface on his extensive knowledge base but with this in mind the NZGCSA has asked Fred to allow extra time at the end of his speaking sessions to be able to answer further questions from delegates related to any turf management topic.

These extra Q&A sessions times will be advertised closer to the conference dates but if you do have any particular questions or topics that you would like to be covered off by Fred during these extra sessions then please email those through to Martin on

Click here for information on Dr Fred Yelverton and the Question and Answer Sessions

NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016 - One on one Coaching Sessions with David Bancroft-Turner

Great news for NZGCSA registered delegates for 2016 NZ Turf Conference - We have secured three 40 minute confidential one-on-one coaching sessions with David Bancroft-Turner during the conference where you can discuss work related challenges with a view of working out how they can be resolved.

Please see link below to find out how you can be one of these very fortunate delegates.

A few reminders for the 2016 NZ Turf Conference:

Early bird registration closes on May 6th -  get in quick to secure the best pricing.

You can register for the Conference using the following link

Sunday's Golf Tournament is at The Grange Golf Club (Now called Royal Auckland Golf Club - The Grange Course.  These two facilities have now merged under one management umbrella).  This is open to all delegates. 

Wednesday's Field Day is at Windross Farm Golf Course (new Manukau Course in Ardmore).


Stay tuned for further upcoming Golf Delegate speaker promotions.

If you have any questions please contact Martin from the organising committee on mobile 021 616 918 or email  

Click here for link to information for David Bancroft-Turner Coaching Sessions

NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016

The New Zealand Turf Conference and Expo will be held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland on the 27th and 28th of June 2016.  The Turf Conference invites you to register today to be part of this two day conference filled with many networking and educational opportunities within the sports turf and recreation industry.

There is a great line up of professional speaker from around the world gracing our shores in 2016, including Professor Fred Yelverton (U.S.A), David Bancroft-Turner, BA (Hons), MIPD, Dip TM (U.K) and Clint Mattox (U.S.A) along with a NZ lineup of Andy Wood (Kauri Cliffs), Mark Hooker (Royal Auckland Golf Club), Chris Gribben (NZSTI) and Murray Beare (Educhem).

The conference program is now available to view on the NZ Turf and Conference Expo website

Early bird registration closes 6 May 2016.

For further information and to register for the conference on line (or download a form) visit

Click here for information on Speakers

Click here for information on Golf Tournament (open to all delegates)

Click here for information on Field Trip  

Future Turf Managers Initiative

Applications are now open for the 2016 FTMI which will take place immediately prior to the NZ Turf Conference in Auckland.  As a result of the success of the FTMI the criteria for selection has been widened and the number of places has been increased to 8 participants.

Applicants must be NZGCSA members to apply.  Superintendent nominations are restricted to those with less than 5 years Superintendent level experience or those who manage a staff of fewer than 3.

One of the aims of the FTMI is to bring people together for professional development to help them go further in the industry and build a strong network of support amongst their peers.

Applications close Friday 8 April 2016.  Please see the links below for the application guide for more information and also a application form.

Click here for FTMI guide.

Click here for FTMI application form.

2015 NZGCSA Graduate of the Year

Supported by Power Turf NZ

Winner - Scott Dunkerley from Karori Golf Club

Congratulations to Scott Dunkerley the winner of this year's NZGCSA Graduate of the Year supported by PowerTurf NZ.  The finals day was recently held at Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland and the competition was made up from marks carried across from the Industry Exam results, along withpractical components of Golf Course Management.  The competition was very close and well done to all those who took part.  As the Winner, Scott will be attending the 2016 US Golf Industry Show in San Diego - prize provided by PowerTurf NZ.

The NZGCSA and Parkland Celebrate & Support Excellence

The NZGCSA and Parkland are delighted to announce the new NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products.

“It is the highest recognition of course management expertise in the golf industry, which makes it a natural fit for Parkland,” said Managing Director Chris Todd.

“We pride ourselves on sourcing the best products worldwide and constantly strive to improve the way we help our customers meet their turf challenges. With this in mind, Parkland is delighted to celebrate outstanding industry leaders.

“Only the very best in our industry are honoured with this award.” 

Past winners have included NZGCSA President Brendan Allen in 2010 and Blair Dibley, the former Superintendent of Millbrook Country Club

Parkland’s sponsorship will see the Award continuing to be presented every second year. The winners are judged by independent assessors to have consistently produced outstanding playing surfaces, while managing relationships with staff and stakeholders in a highly professional manner. 

Judging is undertaken by NZGCSA Life Members, John Humphreys and Nigel Lloyd.

Nominations for the 2016 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award will close on 29 February 2016.

NZGCSA Environment Award

Supported by PGG Wrightson Turf


The NZGCSA and PGG Wrightson Turf are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2015 NZGCSA Environment Award, supported by PGG Wrightson Turf, are Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and Course Manager, Andy Wood. 

The Judges deemed Kauri Cliffs to be the clear winner and were impressed with the detailed application, the quality of the supporting evidence, and what they saw during the judging visit.  Kauri Cliffs has been around for 15 years now and the positive environmental improvements they have made are testament to the long term commitment of owner Julian Robertson, and the staff led by Andy Wood and his assistant Andrew Moyle who have been there since the start.  One thing that stood out for the judges was the 'buy-in' of staff and the genuine pride they have taken in greatly improving the landscape and natural environment, and reducing the environmental footprint of the golf course as time has moved on. 

The close association Kauri Cliffs has with its' local community and its' willingness to engage with local authorities and groups on environmental issues is extremely commendable and sets an example for other environmentally ambitious golf clubs to follow. Kauri Cliffs has clear evidence of good relationships and initiatives with the Department of Conservation, QEII National Trust, NZ Kiwi Foundation, the Northland Regional Council, the Far North Forestry Association, Matauri Bay School, Matauri Bay Trust, and NorthTec.  That makes it a genuine leader in advancing the reputation of golf courses as potential environmental leaders. 

Strong turf management practices that have led to significant reductions in water, agrichemical and fertiliser use are in evidence. Given the Northland climate and grass varieties maintained Kauri Cliffs nutrient usage is low.  In the last 5 years Nitrogen use has fallen by 45%, Phosphorus by 75%, and Potassium by 80%, which has also reduced the energy required to maintain the property. Other energy savings include more efficient irrigation pumps, energy efficient light bulbs and timers, and naturalised areas.  Kauri Cliffs waste recycling program is extensive.  In addition to recycling plastics, cardboard, glass and metal, food scraps are fed to on-site pigs and chickens, and fallen trees are recycling in to garden mulch and firewood for use at their Lodge.  Even the waste oil from the deep fryers in the kitchen is being turned into biofuel by an enterprising staff member! 

Kauri Cliffs has planted over 100,000 native trees on the property to replenish and regenerate forest areas and has created substantial native bush corridors which act as pathways and sanctuaries for native birdlife. To protect the flourishing birdlife major pest control measures are in place.  The numbers have been recorded for many years and more than 18,000 possums have been despatched, along with pigs, cats, stoats, rats, rabbits, goats and dogs.  Foot baths are in place to help prevent Kauri dieback, and there are ongoing plans to extend what they are doing to other areas on and around the property.

One of Kauri Cliff's planting corridors showing both well established (foreground) and recently expanded (distance) native plantings.

Kauri Cliffs clearly has a resource advantage over many golf courses in New Zealand that some would argue makes taking environmental initiatives easier.  However, their commitment financially, and the genuine beliefs of the owner and staff, extend well beyond token gestures.  It was the intent, pride in what they had done, future plans and desire to go further, and outstanding links with their community and outside agencies that swayed the judges.  Even if smaller golf clubs take those key lessons from the Kauri Cliffs approach, the positive contributions they could make to their own environments would be substantial. 

It was one of those smaller golf clubs, Ashburton Golf Club and Superintendent Grant Saunders, who were the other finalist in the Environmental Award, receiving a judge's visit as a result of a comprehensive application document.  Ashburton Golf Club can be commended for their water efficient, low nutrient and Browntop dominant approach to golf course management.  Having a light environmental footprint in an area increasingly dominated by intensive dairy farming sets an example for those that surround them. 

The NZGCSA would like to thank the applicants, judges, and PGG Wrightson Turf for their ongoing support of this award.