The 65th Annual Groundspread Conference “Navigating Change” held this year in New Plymouth and hosted by the Awesome Taranaki Branch Team, they did a fantastic job to organize this great 3-day event with a small branch and committee, Well done team, you rocked it 😊
There was some great speakers, panel presentations and business workshops over the 3 days, some to mention below were:
A few Implications for Heavy Vehicles were discussed, expect some challenges in the early stage of transition pathways, roadblocks are being removed, hydrogen vehicles are lighter then electric, the technology is ready, need greater access to hydrogen (this is increasing).
Panel Presentations – Taranaki Reginal Council changes ahead for the Agriculture sector/ NZI- Lumley – Fleet risk & Fit for duty /Parininihi Ki Waitotara speaking on their history, Diversity & Direction.
* Environmental Compliance (kindly sponsored by Ravensdown)
Answered attendees questions about N caps and changes to legislation. Facilitated by Anna Wilkes and Rangi Holland (Ravensdown) who joined us in Wellington last year, this workshop extended that conversation and helped keep attendees up to date with implementation of new legislation impacting our industry and rural communities.
* Everchanging Realities of Employment (kindly sponsored by Ballance)
This workshop was facilitated by Max Whitehead (Whitehead Group) and focused on the everchanging HR environment in which we operate. It gave attendees a greater understanding of to ‘do’s ‘and ‘do not’s’ when dealing with teams and generated loads of conversation.
* Wellbeing – Supporting our People (kindly sponsored by Graymont)
A focus on looking after your people was the foundation of this workshop. Facilitated by Marcia Paurini from Rural Support, this workshop helped fill the toolkit of attendees to be better able to support themselves, their families, and their workmates.