Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:37
Mine host Jon Morgan greets new arrivals Alison Murray and Shane Wilson. Murray is a Fairfax subbing veteran and Wilson left subbing on the Dominion Post 10 years ago to complete university studies and is now an economics teacher. Mine host Jon Morgan greets new arrivals Alison Murray and Shane Wilson. Murray is a Fairfax subbing veteran and Wilson left subbing on the Dominion Post 10 years ago to complete university studies and is now an economics teacher.

The 20th annual gathering of Central Districts/ Wellington region journalists this year also served as a milestone for perpetual host New Zealand Farmer editor Jon Morgan's own half century in harness.

He signed on under the old cadet apprenticeship scheme in his teens and soon began specialising in rural and agribusiness reporting which has remained his focus ever since. In recent years he has found himself shifting from the press bench to the judges rostrum, adjudicating on exhibits at agricultural shows and field days.

The event also gives his guest-colleagues an insight into their hosts' own pastoral and horticutural skills because the venue is the Morgan's own property in the Horowhenua - Kapiti district.

      Post prandial. Evening Post's Penny Harding Gary Connor

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Business round table; Fairfax regional reporter Kay Blundell with her boss Fairfax's Patrick Piercy

On Home Turvers: Lynsey Morgan, stakeholder comms manager for the consortium constructing the National War Memorial Park in Wellington, chats with fellow Te Horo Residents Chris and Liz Turver. Turver is a former Radio NZ top executive and NZPA veteran foreign correspondent who reported the Vietnam War.

The Waltons. Mr & Mrs Trevor Walton prepare to enter Fairfax County.

Brothers-in-arms: Jon Morgan with Evening Standard all rounder Al Browne

Break a neck. Holmes veteran Kelvin Dick refits his splint. Penny Harding averts her gaze.

Trezise Trio.Rod and Barbara Mills share a laugh with Australian Financial Review sub John Trezise

A Foreign Correspondent's crisp presentation: Mr & Mrs David Barber

Shady. Claire with speciaist technology editor Chris Bird.

Hub man. Evening Standard veteran and Fairfax sub Mike Griffin

Kapiti Observer reporter Karoline Tuckey

Racey types. Former Manawatu Standard racing stalwarts Ron Gurney and Ian Earle talk over old races and sure bets gone astray.

Subeditor Erin Single.