RSE Conference 2017

RSE Conference; “Resilient | Sustainable | Ethical”

6 & 7 July, Blenheim

10th anniversary of the scheme theme at the Marlborough Convention Centre

RSE Conference 10 Year Logo

Join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the RSE Scheme.

The Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme is now in its tenth year. As well as being a celebration of the successes of the scheme, this is a chance for us to focus on what is needed to ensure that we can sustain that success into the future.

As stakeholders we need to plan how we can futureproof the RSE scheme so that it can be the solution to supplying sustainable seasonal labour it was always meant to be.

For the first time the RSE Conference is being held in Marlborough, at the state of the art Marlborough Convention Centre, which will also play host to the Gala Dinner. The Marlborough region is well known for its extensive range of quality wines and fresh gourmet produce and the MCC Culinary team will work with fresh, local produce to prepare food that is quintessentially the taste of Marlborough. At the end of the second day we will take the opportunity to show off some of the best the Marlborough has to offer by visiting some of the best purpose-built RSE Accommodation in the country.

Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Why not take advantage of being in Marlborough and stay for the weekend? Take your time to enjoy the scenic Sounds, award winning wines and brilliant cycling and walking tracks that the region has to offer.


There are a number of accommodation options within walking distance of the conference venue. These can be booked directly with the accommodation site.

Find some here:


Or you can stay at the Centre Court Motel, situated 800 m away from the venue.

They will offer corporate rates for our conference delegates which are as follows:

 Studio Rooms - $135.00 a night.  These all have a queen bed except in one of the studio rooms which has a single bed as well.

One Bedroom rooms - $145.00 a night.  These have a queen bed in the bedroom and a single bed in the lounge.

Two bedroom Apartments - $195.00 a night.  These have a queen bed in one bedroom and 2 single beds in the other bedroom.

 You can book online or by email:


A full programme will be emailed to conference participants prior to the event.

Please note: during the registration you will be asked for your Horticulture NZ Ltd number. This is an optional field. Leaving it blank will not affect your registration.


Buy your tickets here

There are still spaces available on the extra-curricular wine tour on Saturday 8 July! Contact Eve if you would like to take part - 0212545830 or 04 470 5668, or by email to


The tour will depart at 1pm and return at 5pm, although if you need to get to the airport early the driver can drop you off not a problem. The tour is $90 per person and you will be invoiced for this after the tour. 


Click here to download the programme.

The programme will also be included in the packs for the conference, available at registration.