ForestWood 2018

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Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry

Hon Shane Jones is a List MP based in Kerikeri, and as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour-New Zealand First Coalition Government holds the portfolios of Forestry, Infrastructure, Regional Economic Development, Associate Finance, and Associate Transport. He is responsible for overseeing both the Government’s ambitious one billion trees planting programme and the Provincial Growth Fund, which will see one billion dollars spent per annum on economic development opportunities in the regions.

He was previously the Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, with a particular focus on fisheries, agriculture and tourism, given the significance of these resources to enhancing economic development in the region. Mr Jones was also a Member of Parliament from 2005 – 2014, during which he held positions including Minister of Building and Construction, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Trade, Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.  

Mr Jones has a long history of involvement in the fisheries sector and New Zealand’s Māori fisheries settlement. Mr Jones was Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Māori Fisheries Commission); Chairperson of Sealord Products Limited, and has held a number of senior positions more broadly in the public and private sector. Shane Jones was born in Awanui, Northland, New Zealand, and is of Te Aupōuri and Ngāi Takoto descent. He has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University earned on a Harkness Fellowship.

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Hon James Shaw, Green Party Co-Leader and Minister for Climate Change

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw strongly believes that New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone. He knows it’s a hugely ambitious, probably decades-long task, but it’s the reason he’s committed to a life in politics and one of the many reasons joined the Green Party in 1990. James was appointed Green Party Co-leader on May 30, 2015, after being elected to Parliament as a list MP in 2014. Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010. While there, he worked with large, multinational companies across Europe and around the world, developing their sustainable business practices. It was while James was in the UK, studying for a Master’s degree in sustainable development and business leadership, that he realised that the private sector alone wasn’t able to affect change at the speed and scale necessary to meet the great challenges of our time. With that realisation also came a call to action, and James moved back to Wellington, the city where he was born and raised, with the aim of being elected to Parliament.

James believes that, with vision and purpose, politicians can bring the large-scale, transformational change that is needed to build a truly inclusive economy, and a healthier planet. His diverse business experience and expertise, from working for multinational corporates through to local start-ups and community organisations, will enable him to lead the Green Party and New Zealanders towards a high-tech post-carbon economy and society. It might be the biggest challenge of a generation, but James also sees it as the greatest opportunity: he wants New Zealand to lead the way and show the world how it’s done. When he’s not living and breathing sustainable economics, James enjoys spending time in his local community, Aro Valley, with his wife Annabel.

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John Ballingall, Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

John has been NZIER’s Deputy Chief Executive since 2008. He started his career at NZIER in 2001 and worked for MFAT from 2005 to 2008. His key areas of work include advising clients on regulatory and policy issues related to trade, regional economic integration, electricity, agriculture, water allocation, infrastructure, tourism and transport. John has appeared as an independent expert witness in several Environment Court cases that have focused on assessing the costs and benefits of proposed regulatory changes. John won the Write Ltd 2016 ‘Plain English’ Award for a report on Investor State Dispute Settlement. He frequently provides commentary for print, radio, TV and online media on issues such as Brexit, free trade agreements and the New Zealand economy. 

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Her Worship the Mayor, Hon Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Rotorua

Steve (Stephanie) Chadwick has been Mayor of Rotorua since October 2013. Formerly Mayor Chadwick’s career in Central Government spanned twelve years (1999-2011), including three years as a List MP. During this time, she held the portfolios of Associate Minister of Health, Minister of Conservation and Minister of Women’s Affairs. Her proudest achievements include sponsoring the Smoke free Environments Act and securing funding ($72 million) for the clean-up of Rotorua lakes. Mayor Chadwick now spearheads a committed council and community that are determined to see the Rotorua District grow and flourish. Under her leadership, Rotorua is being transformed through the Rotorua 2030 vision. In April 2015 Rotorua Lakes Council became the first council in New Zealand to develop and adopt a Wood First policy. This was one of the Rotorua 2030 vision flagship projects.

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Ross Hampton, CEO, Australian Forest Products Association

Mr Ross Hampton is CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, a position he has held since 2013. Mr Hampton is a veteran of the federal policy and political scene having worked, at various times, as a reporter, adviser and policy advocate for the last three decades in Canberra and overseas. Mr Hampton has a long exposure and association with the issues confronting the Forest and Forest Products sector including energy policy, water policy, climate change policy, trade policy, industrial relations policy and environment protection. Mr Hampton has a Master’s in Public Policy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Hampton is a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations and a member of the UN FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Based Industries.

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David Rowlinson, Make It Wood Campaign Manager, Planet Ark Environmental Foundation

David Rowlinson studied Architecture and Building Engineering in the UK and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. He manages the Make It Wood campaign for Planet Ark, which aims to increase the use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. Prior to joining Planet Ark David was CEO of a major Australian-based building products manufacturer. He is currently a Board Member and Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia and was also a judge on the 2017 NSW Green Globe Awards.

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Daniel Scheibmair, Technical and Education Manager, Building Officials Institute of NZ (BOINZ)

Daniel Scheibmair joined BOINZ as Technical & Education Manager in late 2016 to evolve the Training Academy to deliver best-in-class education and training. Through engagement in the creation of the NZ Diploma in Building Surveying, he will help better skill the Institutes' members and raise the professionalism of Building Surveyors in the Building Control sector. As a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), holding a Master of Engineering degree specialising in timber engineering and President of the NZ Timber Design Society, a technical group of ENZ, for 3 years, he has extensive knowledge on timber engineering and prefabrication, extending to marketing and Product Innovation. Having established contacts through positions held across ANZ with previous employers, within industry organisations, and on boards and committees, has enabled him to be at the forefront of global advances and innovation in the construction sector. A talented communicator regularly facilitating courses to LBP builders and designers, engineers, students, prefabrication plants, international conferences, and BOINZ courses, he has valuable first-hand experience in delivering education and training to help shape the future of the BOINZ Training Academy.

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Kim von Lanthen, Director, Totiu Te Waonui and ForestX

Kim von Lanthen is a director of iwi forestry path finder Toitu Te Waonui and forestry market maker ForestX.  As a former corporate trustee Kim has been licenced by the Financial Markets Authority as statutory supervisor of over 150 forest partnerships.   In his former position in corporate banking he covered financing and re-investment across all aspects of the industry including forest production, forest harvest and logistics, sawmilling and export.