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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 nzgcsa@xtra.co.nz 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 martin@whitfordpark.co.nz.

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 http://www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz

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 www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz

Early bird registration closes 6 May 2016.

For further information and to register for the conference on line (or download a form) visit  www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz

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

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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.