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QuarryNZ conference has plenty to offer

Tom O'Leary Oct 10
QuarryNZ conference has plenty to offer
The quarrying industry will come together at the upcoming national conference.

This year’s QuarryNZ conference will be extra special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying NZ, says conference chair Ray Haley.

“This is an organisation that has come of age. It is now playing a major role in training as well as helping organise health and safety forums, providing professional advice and support.

“The conference allows everyone to celebrate that our industry has reached a milestone and is well poised for the future,” he says.

Held in Hamilton at the Claudelands Event Centre from July 18-20 this year’s theme is “50 Years and Beyond – Embracing Future Technology in our Industry.”

The conference will allow delegates to rub shoulders with international quarrying leaders with IOQNZ hosting the presidents of the Institutes of Quarrying from the UK, Southern Africa, Australia, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Ray says that the programme includes an outstanding line-up of speakers and presentations.

An additional benefit is that attendance at conference and the IOQNZ and AQA AGMs will enable CoC holders to be eligible for up to 12 hours formal Continuing Professional Development hours. The conference is also an opportunity for delegates to socialise.

The social programme consists of four functions, which delegates, partners and exhibitors are welcome to attend: the Gough Cat Opening Night Dinner, Real Steel Hard Rock Club, Mimico Friday Lunch and the Transdiesel Volvo Awards Dinner.

The QuarryNZ conference is expected to attract at least 350 delegates from around New Zealand and Australia making it an excellent opportunity for businesses to network and to promote their products, services and expertise, says Ray.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available and exhibition stands can be booked, on a first come, first served basis, through the registration system.

Ray says the Claudelands Events Centre has been chosen due to its spacious exhibition area, which means exhibitors can choose from a selection of stand space to suit individual requirements and even the largest machinery can be exhibited indoors.

“Every conference provides something unique but we think Hamilton will set a new benchmark and provide attendees for some innovative thinking and technological insights into what’s coming in our industry.”

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