Rural Business Network


The Whangarei A&P Society is proud to host and sponsor the Rural Business Network (RBN) meetings for Northland.

Meetings are FREE to members of the Whangarei A&P Society and Northern Young Farmers. Ph: 09 438 3109 or email [email protected] to RSVP.


The RBN provides an opportunity for rural based business people to participate in professional development to grow their businesses through networking and learning.  The aim is to connect with a variety of people involved in the rural sector from farm business to agri-business.  This creates an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by others.  Through the RBN, businesses are connected across different sectors of the Primary Industry to share ideas and identify innovative opportunities.The RBN aims to deliver four key outcomes at each meeting:

  • Interesting, relevant key note speakers
  • Question and Answer sessions for in-depth understanding
  • Networking
  • Socialising

All Northland RBN meetings are held at Barge Showgrounds Events Centre and are $20 to attend, or free to Whangarei A&P Society members (see above). Mix and mingle and finger food from 5.30pm to 6.00pm, prior to the speaker commencing.  The meetings conclude at 7.30pm.

Speakers confirmed for 2021 RBN meetings:

Wednesday 14th April – Mike Borrie – Sustainability on Farm

Wednesday 9th June – Gavin Clapperton – Uniting agaisnt Kauri Dieback

Wednesday 20th October –Karen Williams – Insights into the NZ Arable Industry