NZIF Conference Programme

15th/16th and 17th August

Sunday 15th August 2021 

10am - 11am - Registration Opens

11am - 1pm - CPD workshop - Forest Fire protection - How can we stay ahead. Presenter Murray Dudfield.

As a forestry professional what are the key elements and knowledge which then empowers us to contribute to the efficient and effective management of fire in the forest and rural landscape.
New Zealand is not shielded from periods of extreme wildfires normally associated with Australia or North America.  The 2017 Port Hills and 2019 Pigeon Valley forest fires are an example of what has occurred in recent years. The annual average direct financial impact of unwanted forest and rural fires on the New Zealand's economy is estimated at $67 million, with indirect costs estimated to be at least 2-3 times this.
In the management of fire in the forest and rural landscape the frequent challenges for agencies and individuals responsible for making decisions relating to forest and rural land use, and uncontrolled vegetation fires, lies in testing the effectiveness of such decisions. Decisions need to take account of the uncertainties and risks, and opportunities that may be the consequences of these decisions.
    “…the ability to deal with a crisis situation is largely dependent on the structures that have been developed before chaos arrives. The event can in some ways be considered as an abrupt and brutal audit: at a moment’s notice, everything that was left unprepared becomes a complex problem, and every weakness comes rushing to the forefront.”      Preventing Chaos in a Crisis, Lagadec, p. 54
The management of fire in the forest and rural landscape is both an art and a science. Topics to be covered in this NZ Institute of Forestry CPD session includes fire legislation, funding of fire services, fire research, fire weather monitoring, exposure, capability and liability.


1pm - 2pm - Light lunch

2pm - 4pm - CPD workshop - "Arbitration and Mediation"  - Dispute Resolution Options

CPD - Session 2

Presenter -   John Lamer


  • The place of the courts
  • The importance of the courts
  • Dispute resolution options and the differences
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Expert Determination
  • Arbitration
  • The Factors affecting the choice of resolution
  • Selecting a dispute practitioner

Presenter - Baden Vertongen


  • Tikanga and Mediation
  • Why this is becoming increasing relevant
  • What might a mediation that incorporates tikanga look like
  • Options to consider for parties to a tikanga based mediation

11am - 4pm CPD Workshop - Leadership Development Course, Presenter David Diff (aka Duffy) from The Learning Wave

A practical workshop gives participants real tools to:

  • Better understand their responsibility as a leader’s to influence participation and good results (individual/team and organisational
  • Engage other/team members to shift from their attitude towards a ‘professional who is proud of their work performance’
  • Understanding of their/others capability – current mix of skill and attitude (Capability Compass)
  • Positively challenge the ‘old boss’ attitudes and help set the tone
  • Adapt their leadership response to get better work and safety outcomes  

4.30pm - 5.30pm - NZIF 93rd Annual General Meeting

5.30pm - 6.30pm - After AGM drinks

7pm - 10.30pm - Future Forester Quiz night Venue: Gateway Motor Inn


Monday 16th August 2021

8am - 8.45am Registration Opens

8.45am - 8.50am Mihi whakatau

8.50am - 8.55am Conference Welcome by Conference Chair - Erica Kinder

8.55am - 9.15am Kieran McAnulty - Local MP for Wairarapa

9.15am - 10.15am Forest Learning in Australia, Presenter Beth Welden (via Zoom)

10.15am - 10.45am Supporting and cultivation the young crop, Presenter Dave Saathof

10.45am - 11.15am Morning Tea

11.15am - 11.45am What every NZer needs to know about climate change, its impacts and what we can do about it, Presenter Professor Nicholas Golledge

11.45am - 12.15pm A low emissions future for Aotearoa and the role of forestry, Presenter Harry Clark

12.15pm - 1.15pm Lunch

1.15pm - 1.45pm Carbon Farming and small woodlots, Presenter Kevin Reardon

1.45pm - 2.15pm Forest Investments, Presenter Bert Hughes

2.15pm - 3pm An Update of the Forest Advisors and Log Trader Amendment Act, Presenter Kay Shapland and Susan Secker

3pm - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm - 4pm History of the Carterton Event Centre & Wood is Good, Presenter Erica Kinder

4pm - 5pm Future of Te Uru Rākau, Presenter Henry Weston 

5pm - 5.10pm Closing for the day, Peter Hill

5.15pm 6.15pm After Conference Cocktail Party

6.30pm Buses will be provided to/from the Conference Dinner which is being held at the Carterton Event Center.  Booking your Bus seat is essential when registering for the Dinner. 

7pm - 10.30pm Conference Dinner and Awards, Carterton Event Center, After dinner speaker, Hon Stuart Nash TBC

10.30pm - Bus back to Solway Hotel, Masterton


Tuesday 17th August 2021

7am - 8.30am Women in Forestry Breakfast, (Women Only) Presenter Heather Miller, Manager Forest Land Use and Advice & Presenter Susan Kilsby, ANZ Bank’s Agriculture Economist

8.40am - 8.45am Welcome to Conference

8.45am to 9.45am Positioning the forest industry to be a major player in regenerating natural capital, growing regional economies and transitioning to net zero emissions, Presenter Warren Parker

9.45am - 10.15am Forestry Myth Busting, Presenter Tim Payn

10.15am - 10.30am Closing of the Conference, Erica Kinder

10.30am - 11am Morning Tea

11.15am - 4pm Field Trip -Town Tour – Log Distribution & Timber Processing

The Town Tour doesn’t need to take you far to see industry best practice in motion.
To showcase the region’s timber processing capability, Juken NZ Ltd (JNL) is opening its doors for a tour of their Masterton sawmill for the production of high value engineered timber products.
Adjacent to JNL, the tour will continue through the Waingawa rail yard, where C3 operates the log marshalling and transit hub on behalf of partners CentrePort and KiwiRail. $8m was spent in 2020 upgrading this essential infrastructure and doubling its capacity.
Around the corner from the hub, specialist log cartage company McCarthy Transport will take a tour of their expanded Pakihi Yard and talk about its significant investments and changes.
Thanks to JNL, C3, McCarthy Transport, Forest Enterprises and LDL.

11.15am - 4pm Field Trip: Forest Tour – Farm Forestry & Advanced Logging Systems

The Forest Tour heads out to Tinui to an operational harvest setting and to Rewanui Forest Park.
Mechanised harvesting practices are key to improved safety and productivity outcomes. JNL’s logging operation will demonstrate a Logchamp swing yarder with grapple system and tethered felling machine in action.
Along the way is Rewanui Forest Park, a 334ha property near Masterton on the Castlepoint road. It has areas of native bush, open grassland and sites suitable for growing both native and exotic trees. Rewanui is a trial site for native and exotic timber trees.
Thanks to JNL, Havard Logging, the Montfort Trimble Foundation and the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association.