My Connect Conference 2019

Following on from the success of the inaugural 2018 My Connect Conference, we're thrilled to offer you the opportunity to come along to learn about your Co-op and network with other Fonterra suppliers again this year. The 2019 My Connect Conference will be held in Dunedin on 13 and 14 May at the Dunedin Conference and Events Centre.

Similar to last year, the conference programme will comprise one full day, including an evening dinner function on the 13th and a half day on the 14th, with sessions finishing up early in the afternoon to allow plenty of time for people to catch flights home.


Conference Registration

Registrations are now open. Keep an eye on your email for your invitation and details on how to register.

The conference is open to all Fonterra farmers. Registration will be confirmed upon payment of conference fees. Conference places are limited by the size of the venue so registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please limit registrations to four people per farm.

If you register but are later unable to attend, or wish to make substitutions to attendees from your farm, please let the conference organisers know by emailing as soon as possible.

Fonterra will only be able to refund registration fees for cancellations advised before 5pm on 19 April 2019. Farmers who cancel after this date or do not attend the event will not receive a refund.

Please advise any special access or dietary requirements at the time of registering.

A full conference itinerary will be provided to those who have registered prior to the event. Anyone who has not received their itinerary by Friday 3rd May should contact the conference organisers at

Conference Travel and Accommodation Details 

There are three options for registering, depending on how you plan to travel to the conference. These are:

Registration Options Early Bird Registration Fee (before 31 March 2019) Late Registration Fee (after 1 April 2019)
Two-day conference pass $172.50 inc gst per person $230 inc gst per person
Accommodation and two-day conference pass $287.50 inc gst per person $402.50 inc gst per person
Return flights, accommodation and two-day conference pass $460 inc gst per person $690 inc gst per person


If you live within driving distance of Dunedin (less than four hours), accommodation and the two-day conference pass can be provided as per the above cost, if requested. Area Managers and Shareholder Councillors may be able to assist with car-pooling options.

Fonterra will arrange and coordinate all accommodation and flights, including transfers to and from Dunedin Airport. The transfers will be coordinated with others attending the conference so there may be a short wait for you at the airport whilst other flights arrive.

For accommodation, as there are limited rooms available, all rooms will be twin-share. Let us know the name of the person you wish to share the room with when registering, and we will endeavour to accommodate your request. If you don't specify someone to share a room with, you will be paired with another farmer of the same gender.

If you require your own room, you can select this option upon registration at an additional cost of $120 +gst. 

Any incidentals such as breakfast, laundry, mini bar or room service are not covered in the conference fee and need to be paid for by you. The hotel will ask you to register a credit card with them upon your arrival to cover any such costs.

For those attendees that are driving and require accommodation; parking will be available at your hotel, at your cost. A shuttle or bus will be provided to conference activities from your hotel with other farmers.

It is your responsibility to arrange any travel insurances in connection with your attendance at the Conference. Fonterra will not be liable for any loss or damage to personal property.


Health and safety is of paramount importance to Fonterra so you will be provided with a briefing in accordance with Fonterra's Health and Safety Policy. Please comply with all reasonable health and safety requests made by the conference organisers.

If the conference is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, a full refund will be provided to those registered and Fonterra will provide as much advance notice as possible.

Every effort will be made to offer speakers and breakout activities as advertised. However, Fonterra reserves the right to change the conference programme, speakers or activities without notice.

Views expressed by the speakers are their own. Fonterra accepts no liability for advice given, views expressed or materical provided by any speaker during the conference.

Fonterra needs to collect personal information from farmers in order to run the conference and to organise associated travel arrangements. Your personal information will be held by Fonterra for the purposes of the conference and contacting you about similar events in the future. Your information may be shared with partners of Fonterra solely for the purposes of organising the conference. To access or request correction of your personal information, please contact

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