ForestWood 2018

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 21 March 2018

The ForestWood 2018 Conference was held on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The theme for 2018 was Growth versus Gremlins. After the new government unveiled its game-change plan for a billion trees, the national ForestWood conference picked up the working challenge. ForestWood 2018 was our first opportunity to seek out the ways to meet common objectives. What’s needed to get the billion trees growing in the right places to produce the right results and how to get fair competition for the logs being harvested now? Key issues discussed; where the land will come from, who is going to be doing the planting, the future of the ETS and the climate change impact, what the new Forest Service is going to be up to, and what encouragement is coming from the government to put the resulting timber production to good use.

Photos from the conference can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Conference Open and Welcome by Brian Stanley, Chair of the Wood Council of New Zealand

The Plan - Presentation not available.
Hon Shane Jones,
Minister of Forestry

Session One: Foreign Direct Investment - What's In It For Us

Where the Wild Things Are? Foreign Direct Investment in the New Zealand Forestry Sector
John Ballingall, Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

Session Two: Where a Billion Trees Will Go

Farm Land - A Land Bank Owner's Perspective
Andrew Hoggard
, Vice President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand

Māori Land
Kim von Lanthen, Totiu Te Waonui and ForestX

Crown Land
Dave Talbot, Director Partnerships, Department of Conservation

Session Three: The Future of New Zealand’s Forest Industry

A Future for Trees and Houses in NZ
Pamela Bell,
CEO, PrefabNZ

Session Four: Why Wood First

Untying the Red Tape for Wooden Buildings - Presentation not available.
Daniel Scheibmair, Technical and Education Manager, Building Officials Institute of New Zealand

Why Wood is Good for the Environment and Our Health
David Rowlinson,
Manager, Make it Wood & Make it Recycled Campaigns, Planet Ark Environmnetal Foundation

The Challenge of Adopting/Advocating/Leading Wood First - Presentation not available.
Her Worship the Mayor of Rotorua, Hon Steve Chadwick

Session Five: Industry Representation

Pan Industry Involvement in the Australian Government’s Plan - Presentation not available.
Ross Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forest Products Association
Wrap-up and final thoughts by Jon Tanner, Chief Executive, Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of New Zealand and David Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Forest Owners Association.