Day one of the 2013 Pipfruit New Zealand Conference ended with a dinner and message to the industry from guest speaker Dave Currie last night.
The former Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth games teams and former New Zealand cricket team manager said Kiwis should embrace the strength and size of our country to challenge the world.
"My message to these guys [pipfruit industry] is to continue to believe they can dominate the world in their industry," Mr Currie said.
"In sport it is the same message as long as you believe in what you are doing, you can be successful on the world stage."
He spoke to those at the dinner of some of the greatest sporting moments he had witnessed in his role as spokesperson and Chef de Mission from 2002 to 2012.
Mr Currie said the challenge for industries such as pipfruit are to bring out the best to remain strong against bigger opposition as many of our athletes do.
"Athlete performances such as Moss Burmester in Beijing, Val Adams in Beijing and Eric Murray and Hamish Bond in London with an absolutely dominating performance."
The dinner, at the Havelock North Community Centre, also included the Pipfruit New Zealand Incorporated Award for outstanding contribution to the industry.
At the time of going to print, the winner had yet to be announced.