NZIF 2020 Conference
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park
Date: 28 to 30 June 2020
We are excited to be presenting a varied and inspiring lineup for our next conference to be held in Masterton in the mighty Wairarapa. We all know how passionate our sector work force is about what we do, and we are seeking to showcase some of this pride with our lineup of speakers and CPD sessions.
The Wairarapa has enjoyed a surge of increased activity in the forestry sector in the last 5 years and we have seen many changes with our workplaces growing and new innovations in both logging and transport. This has not been without challenges in our communities, we have had some head butting with rural groups in our regions. We are hoping to address these differences by opening the lines of communication by holding “Public” sessions at our conference that members of our rural community can attend and will be invited to. This is about breaking down some of the barriers that exist between our industries and involving our local rural associates in our conference to assist with understanding our sector.
Our conference will run over 3 days with Sunday CPD sessions, AGM and the Future Foresters fun evening planned for those young and not so young. These evenings are a great opportunity for informal networking, with the new generation of foresters mixing and meeting.
Monday will involve 6 sessions followed by dedicated “Forest Policy Sessions” where the forestry spokesperson for each major political party will present their party’s forestry policies.
Our conference dinner on this night will be held at the Carterton Event Centre, a building that showcases LVL timber and an innovative seismic system using wood.
Our final day of conference will start with the annual Women in Forestry Breakfast and we are looking forward to hearing from an inspiring women speaker to our collective group of women who work in forestry. The breakfast will be followed by our “Breaking Down the Barriers” sessions that are open to the public, and then our two streams of field trips where groups can choose from seeing farm forestry and advanced logging systems or log transport on trains with a tour of a local sawmill. There should be plenty of action by keeping our field trips, “in the field”.
We are hoping to provide interest for all our members and associates at the conference and the locals in the Wairarapa are very much looking forward to hosting and showcasing some of their workplaces along with some inspiring sessions on what is currently exciting for forestry in New Zealand.
Chair of Organizing Committee NZIF Conference
Erica Kinder (Chair)