2021 Industry Day and AGM

NZ Woolclassers Association Invites You To Our Industry Day/AGM

  • Date: Thursday 13th May 2021
  • Venue: Tinwald Memorial Hall
    10 Graham St, Tinwald, Ashburton
  • Cost: Members: Free. Non-Members: $25
    (Lunch is included)
  • Register: by Friday 7th May 2021

“Look for our Field Day Flag”

Tinwald Memorial Hall, Ashburton, venue for this year’s Industry Day and AGM.

The programme for the day is designed for our members but will be of interest/benefit to all involved in the wool and wool harvesting industry. Registration is essential and members are encouraged to attend.


7.30am to 7.55am

Registration, hot drink


Health and Safety for the day briefing (NB: Closed toe shoes must be worn for factory visit)

8am to 9.15am

Wool exercises: Yield, micron, breed, oddment recognition

9:15am to 9.45am

Voices from the wool store floor: Things we do in the shearing shed that are helpful, and why, and that are unhelpful and why, presented by Christchurch wool store warehouse manager Ben Askew and store classer Kylie Finn. As an added bonus Ben, a former aircraft engineer and logistics expert who entered the wool industry through his wool store role just before Covid19 hit, will share his positive and fresh-eyes vision for wool logistics and the bigger picture of the bright future he sees for the wool industry.

9.45am to 10am

2021 season key messages from NZ Merino Company

10am to 10.15am

Morning Smoko

10.15am to 10.30am

Open Forum + discussion on NZWCA role, and the case for professional development

10.40am to 11am

NZ Sock Company CEO Euan Sparrow whose family’s commitment spans three generations and the past 40 years of the company’s 116 year history, and still going strong.

11am to 11.15am

2021 season Broker information PGG Wrightson and CP Wools

11.15am to 11.45am

Tom O’Sullivan, Campaign for Wool chairman

11.45am to 12.45pm

Lunch provided (over lunch you will have the chance to carry on the wool exercises, completed entry papers to be handed in before leaving for tour)

12.45am to 1pm

Travel by own vehicles to NZ Sock Company factory, 8 Kermode St, Ashburton

1pm to 2.25pm

NZ Sock Company tour of the facility proudly custom making socks since 1901

2.25pm to 2.40pm

Travel back to venue, Tinwald Memorial Hall, 10 Graham St, Ashburton

2.40pm to 2.50pm

Wool exercise winner’s presentations

2.50pm to 3.15pm

SWAG – Strong Wool Action group update from CEO Andy Caughey

3.15pm to 3.30pm

Afternoon Smoko

3.30pm to end

AGM starting with 2020 season merit and commendation award winners presentations

Tahi Ngatahi (Wool Harvesting Health and safety programme) will be in attendance. Displays will include contamination, wool products and NZWCA products. Your association has been involved in the promotion of education for the wool harvesting industry and there are a number of areas that NZWCA has been advocating for members and promoting positive change. Be there to hear what your executive and board have to say.

Posted February 18, 2021 by David.