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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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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Pamela Bell, CEO, PrefabNZ

Pamela brings experience in architecture (MArch), Olympic-level sport (snowboarding), small business development (Fruition Apparel Ltd and NZ Snowboard Academy Ltd), governance (Snow Sports NZ) and management.
Her Master of Architecture thesis ‘Kiwi Prefab: Prefabricated Housing in NZ’ led to the establishment of PrefabNZ, the heart of innovative construction in NZ. It also became the basis for the book ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ and the knowledge base for  the ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth – Dec 1 2012 to Apr 1 2013.

After the Canterbury earthquakes, Pamela led the PrefabNZ Home Innovation Village. HIVE showcased a range of ten high-quality, sustainable, well-designed prefabricated houses in Christchurch for 2012-2014. A commemorative book on HIVE was co-authored by Pamela and published in 2016.
Today, she sits on the BRANZ Board and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Advisory Panel (BAP) and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

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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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Andrew Hoggard, Vice President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand

An Equity owner/manager of a 300ha dairy farm north of Feilding where he milks 550 cows, Andrew has a Bachelor of Applied Economics degree majoring in Agricultural Economics from Massey University, graduating in 1996. He was a Grand Finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year contest in 2003 placing 7th, and regional runner up in 2008 in the Sharemilker of the Year contest. He is currently the Federated Farmers National Vice President and previously been National Dairy Chair as well as the Manawatu Rangitikei Provincial President. Andrew is also on the Science and Policy Co-ordinating Committee for the International Dairy Federation, representing farming.

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David Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Forest Owners Association

David Rhodes is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association and is also CE for the Forest Growers Levy Trust.  He is a fellow, and past council member, of the NZ Institute of Forestry, a member of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, and a member of the primary sector biosecurity governance executive.  Internationally he is a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, Forest Stewardship Council, and chair of the UN FAO statutory Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Industries. He has also participated in a number of UN climate change negotiation meetings as an industry member of the NZ delegation.

David has previously held senior roles within the New Zealand government including agricultural economist, forest policy manager, and Head of Delegation to the UN Forum on Forests. He also worked as a special economics advisor to the Canadian government on Forest 2020 – a forest plantation programme.
Prior to these roles he worked as a scientist on both freshwater, and vertebrate pest, research and has authored a number of publications.

David holds an MSc/BSc in Zoology and Economics from Otago University.

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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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Brian Stanley, Chairman, Wood Council of New Zealand and Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association

Brian Stanley is the Chairman of the Wood Council of New Zealand and also Chairman of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of New Zealand.  He is also a board member on the NZ International Business Forum and the NZ China Council. Brian has a senior management background associated with the forestry and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand.  He had a 15 year career with the NZ Forest Service prior to joining Fletcher Challenge Limited in 1978 where he held a number of senior management roles at the Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited Kawerau mill. In early 2000 Brian joined Carter Holt Harvey Limited, now Oji Fibre Solutions, where he has recently retired as General Manager, Fibre Procurement.

Brian served in the NZ Fire Service as a volunteer fire officer for a period of 35 years attaining the rank of Chief Fire Officer.  He was elected to the executive of the United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand in 1990, served as President in 1993/94 and was elected a Life Member of that Association. In the 1995 New Year Honours List Brian was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for his work associated with the Fire Service and kindred organisations.  In 1997 Brian was appointed to the NZ Fire Service Commission where he served as Deputy Chairman until completion of his appointed term.  He has also served as a Director on a number of companies and as Chairman and Trustee on a number of Maori Trusts.

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Dave Talbot, Director Partnerships, Department of Conservation

Dave Talbot is a Partnership Director within the Partnerships Group at the Department of Conservation.  The Group is focused on working with others to achieve more conservation through collective impact than DOC can achieve on its own.  Our partners include Iwi, local government, business, community groups, other government agencies, philanthropic organisations and NGOs. Prior to joining DOC, Dave spent four years establishing the biosecurity partnership between MPI and Primary Industry Sectors called the Government Industry Agreement. 

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Jon Tanner, Chief Executive, Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of New Zealand

Jon Tanner has spent the last 30 years working in primary and manufacturing industries in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe. Originally from a farming background, Jon has experience as a scientist, director of public policy and CEO of industry bodies. He was formerly International Director at the NZ Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Prior to that, he was Land Policy Director with Environment Agency Wales and an Agricultural Trade Advisor with the UK Department for International Development before taking on the role of WPMA Chief Executive Officer in August 2010.

Dr Tanner has considerable experience of working on sustainable land use systems around the world. He has advised land managers, firms and governments on production technologies, supply-chain practices and public policies to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of primary industry and related manufacturing.

Jon holds Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science (Distinction) in Agriculture from the University of Reading (England) and a PhD (Reading University) based on an investigation into the intensification of farming systems in South-East Asia.

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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.


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Scott Champion, Founding Partner, Primary Purpose Ltd

Dr Scott Champion is an experienced leader, strategist and executive manager. He has worked across tertiary education, innovative organisations in the private sector and industry service delivery and advocacy for more than 20 years. In April 2016, he completed a decade working for the national sheep and beef industry body, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the last 7.5 years as Chief Executive Officer. He was also concurrently Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Meat Board for this period.

Since May 2016, Scott has been consulting across food, agriculture and natural resources, and in June 2017 co-founded the specialist consulting practice Primary Purpose to continue working in these areas by drawing on a mix of disciplines, combining data and information with human centred insights. Scott also has governance and technical advisory roles in the primary sector, not for profit and community organisations.

Scott has significant experience across strategy development, facilitation, the securing of investment, and governance, across diverse areas such as sector development, international trade, and research and development. This work has often been within complex, multi-party projects, where the boundaries of the problems being encountered don’t align with the boundaries of single organisations.

Scott is passionate about the primary sector, and identifying, creating and connecting strongly with ‘communities of interest’ and customers/clients to build effective products and services that make a difference.

 Please note: Hon James Shaw is no longer able to attend.