The venue for the 2018 Annual General Meeting will be the Agrodome at Ngongotaha just north of Rotorua, and it will be held on Saturday 5 May 2018.
An interesting programme for the day is in the planning stage and details will be posted here as they come to hand. The Kunekune Annual General Meeting will be held the same weekend (probably on Sunday). Agrodome Farms Shows and Farm Tours will be available at discounted prices for those attending.
The previous Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand was held at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch, during the weekend of 23-25 June 2017.
Christchurch events included a Meet and Greet on Friday evening, the Kunekune AGM followed by the Rare Breeds AGM on Saturday morning, and a Conference on Saturday afternoon. Speakers at the conference were Michael Willis (An Overview of Rare Breed Organisations), Alison Sutherland (Cook's Ark: Animals Introduced into New Zealand during Captain Cook's Voyages), Ernst Swartz (The Potential Effects of Genetic Inbreeding), Greg McKay (Gene Banking and the Potential for Gene Imports), David Scobie (What Can we Learn from Feral Sheep?), John Earney (The Many Marketing Opportunities for Rare Breed Livestock), and Aaron La Roche (A Passion for Poultry). A Dinner was held in the evening with after-dinner speaker Mark Willis. On Sunday Rare Breed animals were on display and there was a midday Barbecue followed by a field trip to Julian Twiss' Rare Breed Farm.
The following photographs by Marina Steinke are of the Treasurer, President and Secretary at the 2017 AGM (top left), and the attendees at the Dinner on Saturday.