Christchurch to host international seed congress in New Zealand first

Christchurch will host the world’s largest regional seed association congress in 2023.

The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) Asian Seed Congress will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in November 2023.

It is expected to attract up to 1,000 delegates, including 900 international and 100 New Zealand seed industry experts, for a week of meetings and workshops.

ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau helped secure the event, alongside Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Grain and Seed Association (NZGSTA).

Thomas Chin, NZGSTA general manager, said New Zealand was a global leader in seed production for both domestic use and export.

“Hosting the 2023 Congress in Christchurch will create a strong legacy for both New Zealand and the APSA,” Chin said.

“Part of this legacy will come from local seed production companies being able to attend the Congress, share their expertise, and leverage the opportunity to build on connections and experience within the region.”

Megan Crum, ChristchurchNZ Head of Business Events, said Christchurch was the ideal destination for major congresses like APSA.

“Christchurch is in the heart of New Zealand’s largest seed production area and delegates will be able to observe seed growing, processing and storage first-hand, with a series of workshops and technical tours, both before and after the Congress,” Crum said.

Ross Steele, Te Pae Christchurch general manager, said this will be the first time the conference has been held in New Zealand.

“By hosting APSA in Ōtautahi Christchurch, it will not only shine a spotlight on our local seed industry, but also provide valuable insights for the industry in NZ as a whole,” Steele said.

“We are proud to have been chosen as the host venue and we look forward to working with the APSA Committee over the next two years to ensure a successful conference in Christchurch.”