Chavasse Travel Award

When the NZIF Foundation was established by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in December 2011, the Trustees agreed to take over the Chavasse Travel Award.

The Foundation is offering one award of $3,500 in 2024

Purpose: The NZIF Foundation Chavasse Travel Award is open to:
  • any person who is in their mid-career and interested or employed in some aspect of forestry in New Zealand to enable, the applicant to travel overseas in order to increase their and the forestry sector’s experience and knowledge; or
  • To assist an overseas person to travel to and within New Zealand for the purpose of making presentations on forestry topics to New Zealand audiences.  In this case the applicant for the funds has to be employed in some aspect of forestry in New Zealand.

The award recognises forestry excellence and personal integrity, and aims to reward the clear dissemination and presentation of results.


The Chavasse Travel Award is funded from the Foundation’s general funding.

Size and term of Award:

An annual award of up to $3,500 is offered 



The Chavasse Travel Award Application

Closing date: 27th June 2024.

Background information Geoff Chavasse came to New Zealand from England in 1950 to work for the NZ Forest Service.  He spent time in Southland, the West Coast and Head office, before transferring to the Forest Research Institute in Rotorua in 1968.  He joined NZIF in 1951, served as Editor of the Journal from 1970 to 74, a Councillor and as President of the Institute from 1978 to 1980 and in 1994 he received the Institute’s supreme award, the Kirk Horn Flask.


Year Awardee Topic


2023 Serajis Salekin, Senior Forest Scientist, Scion To present a research title, "Carbon sequestration potential of plantation forests tree species in New Zealand: A comparative study"at 5th international congress on planted forests, Nairobi, Kenya, November 2023 $3,500
2022 No award    
2021 No award    
2020 No award    
2019 Bernadett Nanayakkara To enable Bernadett to attend the 2019 IUFRO World Conference in Curitiba, Brazil $3,500
2018 No award    
2017 No award    
2016 Paul Silcock, Waikato manager for the forest management and consulting company NZ Forestry To enable Paul to attend the 2016 Redwood Symposium in California to present the first year’s results from a research project the Sequoia Action Group is undertaking with Scion with funding from the Sustainable Forestry Fund. $3,500
2015 Peter Edwards, post-doctoral researcher at Lincoln University To assist Peter to travel to Belarus to teach forest and land use governance and to develop a forest policy teaching and research programme, which he expects to be able to deliver at Lincoln. $3,500
2014 Rhys Millar, forestry adviser of Ahika Consulting Ltd., in Dunedin.  To assist Mr Millar to travel to the United Kingdom to research and learn lessons from the managers of FSC and PEFC certification schemes for small forest owners. $3,500
2013 Stefania Pizzirani, Ph.D. student at Massey University To assist with expenses to attend and make an oral presentation at the 7th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology at the University of Ulsan in South Korea. $2,615
2012 Dr Stephanie Rotarangi To assist her to travel to Ireland to attend an IUFRO conference. $3,500