NZIF 2021 Conference 

27th to 29th June 2021 has been Postponed due to Covid 19, the new conference dates are 15th/16th and 17th August. Same venue, programme etc.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park  
High Street

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. 

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.

Erica Kinder

Chair of Organizing Committee NZIF Conference


Conference Committee

Erica Kinder (Chair)
Peter Hill
Nikki Coulmann
Jack Palmer
Scott Andrew

Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Nikki Coulmann Email:
James Treadwell Email:, +64220434511

To see the NZIF 2021 Conference Sponsor Pack (download here) and contact either Nikki or James.