North Island Industry Day 2021

Due to the Covid19 Level 4 lockdown our North Island Industry Professional Development Day in Napier this Friday August 20th has been postponed.

We are currently working on rescheduling the event to the same venue in October, date to be confirmed. Thanks to all those who were supporting this Friday’s Industry PD Day either as attendees, presenters, and wool industry firms PGGW, WoolWorks, NZWTA providing services and venues. Hope to see you in Napier in October.

Be safe and don’t forget to wear your (merino) mask.

NZ Woolclassers Association Invites You To Our North Island Industry Professional Development Day

  • Date: Friday 20th August 2021
  • Venue: PGG Wrightson Napier Wool Store
    32 Pandora Rd, Napier
  • Cost: Members: Free. Non-Members: $10
  • Register: by Monday 16th August 2021

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.

Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided but lunch is not included.

For more information contact Marg Forde (NZWCA Registrar):
Ph. 0274 743 104


Complete the form below by Monday 16th August 2021 to register for this event.

Sorry, pre-registrations have now closed but, should you still wish to register, please email





Welcome, Induction and H&S briefing.

8:40am to 9:45am

Wool exercises.

9:45am to 10am

Morning Smoko.

10am to 10:15am

PGGW wool store pre-tour talk, auction overview, contracts.

10:15am to 11am

Core grab demo and wool store tour.

11am to 11:20am

Wool Works presentation, insight into research and collaboration for non-woven wool products raising farmer returns; big potential for employment in wool sector including scouring; contamination issue awareness.

11:20am to 11:45am

Wool exercises, time to complete. Hand in before lunch.

11.45am to 1pm

Lunch (BYO or eat out)

1pm sharp to 2pm

NZ Wool Testing Authority (NZWTA) facility tour, 22 Bridge St, Ahuriri, Napier (entrance is corner Bridge and Lever St). Parking may be limited, suggest car pooling.

2:15am to 2:45am

Tom O’Sullivan, Campaign for Wool chairman, director of Strong Wool Action Group.

2.45pm to 3pm

Afternoon Smoko

3pm to 3:20pm

Craig Smith, NZ Farm Assurance Programme Wool Technical Group member, will speak about wool recently becoming part of the NZFAP and what that means for our members and the wider wool harvesting and growing sector.


Group marking (by attendees) of wool exercises.

3:30pm to 3:40pm

NZ Merino Company

3:40pm to 4pm

Open floor and panel facilitated by Philippa Wright (Wright Wool)


Wool exercise winner’s presentation, answers and related discussion. Time to complete feedback forms.


Pack up (help appreciated!)

Posted July 13, 2021 by David.