Draft Conference Programme

Conference Registration do not open until Mid June

Sunday 3rd September
12noon - Registration Coffee/tea
12.30pm to 1pm Valuation Working Group Update (Angus. Malcolm, NZIF)
1pm to 3pm CPD Workshop - Real Estate Agents Act Exemption Workshop (Andrew McEwen, NZIF)

What the NZIF exemption under the Real Estate Agents Act will mean for you.

Do you know if you may be breaching the Real Estate Agents Act?

What is the exemption that NZIF has sought and that is to be granted?

When will it come into force?

What does it mean for the NZIF registration scheme and for registered members?

What are the implications for other NZIF members?

These topics and more will all be explored during the workshop. It is a must attend workshop for all Registered Members and all other members who are involved in any way with transactions involving the transfer of land or forests, forestry rights, leases, licences, or the granting of leases, licences, forestry rights, easements, etc.

The workshop will be led by Andrew McEwen, who has been leading the push to gain the exemption since December 2010. We are hoping to include a Q&A panel session with legal and regulatory members on the panel to allow attendees to seek answers to specific questions and to raise concerns.

3pm to 3.30pm Coffee/Tea
3.30pm to 5pm CPD Workshop - Legal Logging Workshop (Anna Tyler, MPI)
International timber legality import regulations

Illegal logging and trade is a significant issue globally. The US, EU, Australia and Indonesia have introduced laws and regulations to address illegal timber.

A number of our key markets in the Asia Pacific region are also developing similar regulations. Despite the low level of risk of illegal timber in New Zealand, these laws and regulations apply equally to our forestry exports.

Hear from MPI about these developments and how they might impact you.

The chair of the NZ Forest Certification, Andrew McEwen, will also describe a proposal for a simple legally harvested certification scheme the association has developed.

5.30pm to 6.30pm - NZIF 89th Annual General Meeting

6.30pm to 8pm - Post AGM Networking Drink
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Monday 4th September
Traditional welcome (George Mutu)
Conference Opening
Peter Clarke - (PF Olsen)
Charlotte Severne - (LRFT)
Lunch
Session Theme - "Forestry in the NZ landscape"
Andy Dick - (TTW)
Rob Ford - (Landcorp)
Jeff Tombleson - "Pruned wood supply from the Central North Island and disrupter influences on wood processing"
Garth Cumberland - (Forest Policy Project)
Break
Session Theme - "Political hustings"
Gareth Morgan - (TOP)
Stuart Nash - (Labour)
James Shaw - (Greens)
Louise Upston - (National)
Fletcher Tabuteau - (NZ First)
Break
Session Theme - "Forestry in the public eye"
Professor Robert Nola - "Fake News and Post-Truth: Does Philosophy have anything to say to Forestry?"
Brian Richard - (Cassells & Co)
Steve Wilton - (Forest Growers Levy trust/Forest Enterprises)
Peter Oliver - "Forestry’s narrative, fact or fiction, and does it matter?”
Networking Drinks
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Tuesday 5th September
Coffee and registration
Session Theme - "International perspectives"
Welcome
Cameron Bargrie - (ANZ)
Mike May - Keynote (Spain) "The people, genetics and environment of forestry in 2050"
Break
Session Theme - " Environmental/ Sector resillience"
Tim Payn - "Future environmental challenges and New Zealand’s planted forests"
Russel Death - "Why can’t I see the forest for the cows: arboreal solutions for New Zealand’s water quality crisis"
Sally Strang - "The future of forest certification for New Zealand plantations"
Glen Thorlby - "Biotechnology – a solution for wilding conifers in New Zealand?"
Chris Fowler - "The new national environmental standards for planted forests"
Lunch
Session Theme - "Human factors... workforce, training and education"
Haari Savonen - (Finland) - "The new national environmental standards for planted forests"
Linton Winder & David Evison - "Education for forestry: opportunities and challenges"
Mark Preece - "Industry Training – Where to next?"
Richard Parker - “Forestry Automation & Robotics”
Ross Davis - "Labour shortage. Is there a plan?"
Break
Session Theme - "A positive future"
Steve Chadwick - "Rotorua Lakes Council’s Wood First Policy"
Marty Verry - (Red Stag)
Tobias Smith - "The timber renaissance - materials, technologies and techniques”
Florian Graichen - "Advanced Biobased Products - combining sustainability with performance"
Daiman Otto - (Tallwood Ltd)
Closing address - Muray Parrish - (Oji Fibre Solutions)
Pre Dinner Networking Drinks
Conference Dinner with NZIF & Foundation Awards
Dinner Speaker: Angela Swann-Cronin is the first Māori woman to become a pilot in the New Zealand Air Force. Angela, now based in her hometown of Rotorua, is an inspiration for us all; her career reminds us that anything is possible if you set your mind and heart on it.
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Wednesday 6th September
Field Trip
The field trip will lead us to New Zealand’s largest forest research facility, to an innovative wood processor making substantial investments in the future and into local forests. A multi-stop walking tour of the Scion Campus will include visits to state-of-the-art facilities for wood quality research, tissue culture and genomics and let us hear from scientists pushing the boundaries of forest productivity, new technologies, and genetic improvement. Conference attendees will receive a tour of the Red Stag sawmill where participants can see the investments made to what is now the largest sawmill in New Zealand. Red Stag cuts 550,000 cubic metres of lumber per year and employs over 300 staff. The field trip will also take in local forests where we will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by woodlot growers and see the significant recreational opportunities provided by planted forests.

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