20-21 June 2023 | Rotorua, New Zealand

Improving our environmental performance across the forest industry brings both challenges and rewards. We seek to facilitate speakers and delegates to share successes and learnings among peers across a range of forest management companies for large and small forest estates.

Improving our environmental performance across the forest industry brings both challenges and rewards. We seek to facilitate speakers and delegates to share successes and learnings among peers across a range of forest management companies for large and small forest estates.

Environmental Forestry 2023


This event brings together a diverse range of people from environmental, operations, technical and management people from the forest industry and local and central government. It is designed both for people with boots on the ground, those planning operations, and those whose role is to set or measure if policy requirements are being met.

Our speaker presentations are drawn from within and outside the forestry sector with a focus on environmental best practises and case studies. Delegate feedback tells us to offer speaker on topics with a focus on the challenges we face in improving environmental performance. This event will engage forest company professionals, regional councils and those involved in national environmental standards.

What's Planned?

The programme delivers case studies on ways to improve outcomes for a diverse range of environmental objectives. It is not just about managing production forestry operations but brings a range of views together for environmental forestry practitioners and managers to learn from while networking is important as well.

We look to bring together diverse groups of people meeting environmental challenges. With the support of the WIDE Trust, we offer complimentary registrations to young people in our industry and students in related disciplines.

The conference agenda will appeal to regional council staff and management from forest company professionals, from small to large forest companies as well as regulatory and policy staff from Ministry for Primary Industries/Te Uru Rākau and the Ministry for the Environment.

Conference Scope
  • Pre-Conference Workshop on Wilding Conifers
  • Keynote Address & Background to the Policy Environment
  • Industry-wide Research Perspectives
  • Case Studies from Large Environmental Projects beyond Forestry
  • Continuous Cover Forestry - International Practices
  • An Iwi Perspective on Forestry Environment Management
Who Will Attend
  • Environmental foresters from large and small forest management companies
  • Senior operation managers from forest companies
  • Regulatory and compliance staff from regional councils and local government agencies
  • Staff from both policy and management groups at national government agencies
  • Owners and senior operations staff from forest engineering contracting companies
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We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions, please contact John Stulen on or (+64) 7 921 1381.


Image URLSpeaker WeaverCEOEkosNew ZealandSpeaker Website, is the founder and CEO of Ekos, an environmental financing social purpose business delivering carbon management services and nature-based solutions. He is an international expert in carbon markets and market-based mechanisms for environmental and climate financing. He is a consultant to national and local governments (NZ and the Pacific Islands), multilateral banks (World Bank, African Development Bank), international agencies (UNDP, SPREP) small medium and large businesses/corporations. He has a PhD in Forestry from the University of Canterbury, and is based in Christchurch. McLeanEnvironment AdvisorNEXT FoundationNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteDevon received his professional training in forestry at Canterbury University and a Master’s degree in science from the University of California at Berkeley. During a 31-year career in the New Zealand forest industry, he was responsible for a range of planning and management roles, including 10 years as Chief Operating Officer at Carter Holt Harvey (CHH). Associated roles included Chairing the New Zealand Forest Industries Council for 5 years and 7 years as a Director of the NZ Forest Research Institute, now Scion. Devon was awarded a QSM for services to the environment in the 2015 New Year Honours list. PorouDeputy ChairPoipoia & Trustee, Lake Taupo Forest TrustNew ZealandSpeaker Website is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Rakaipaaka descent and is an environmental planner and tangata whenua advocate in the natural resource management space. She has worked in forestry across a range of roles, including the current Deputy Chair of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust and a director on Ngati Porou Forests. Tina has extensive experience in resource management policy, including Te Mana o te Wai and Climate Change interventions, specifically in carbon and biodiversity markets. WardhoughEntemologistScionNew ZealandCarl is an entomologist with 20 years of experience studying insect diversity, from the tropical rainforest to pine plantations. Insect biodiversity and biosecurity have been Carl's focus at Scion. He is passionate about his work and continues to contribute to the preservation of the diverse range of unique species that live only here in New Zealand. HoldsworthGIS & Environmental CoordinatorJohn Turkington LimitedNew ZealandCharlotte’s focus at John Turkington is on geospatial data management and environmental compliance for operations. She has 9 years of experience in sustainable land management, with a strong focus on erosion processes and geomorphology. Charlotte led the company’s implementation of drones and cloud-based geospatial data collection systems into its business operations. She is driven by developing technologies and increasing the efficiency of business processes.×500-WEB.jpgDan FraserChairEastland Wood Council Environmental Focus GroupNew ZealandDan has a 32-year professional forestry career and has extensive knowledge of the harvesting industry, including managing FSC certified forestry estates at a senior level. Dan is also the Gisborne Regional Manager at Forest Enterprises, responsible for ensuring forests are harvest-ready and in improving the company's health and safety and environmental practices. HerriesCTO, DirectorInterpine Group LtdNew ZealandTechnologist and innovator in the forest industry. David is very passionate about developing technology across the forest industry supply chain and, together with Interpine, aims to continually push for innovation and technology solutions, shaping today's forests with the technology of tomorrow. BradshawManagement Committee MemberWilding Pine NetworkNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteKet the Coordinator of the South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust, one of the community organisations who active in the Wilding Pine Network. As a forester, she managers her own forest and a family forest in Marlborough. Over her career she has worked in establishment and harvesting, economics and environmental aspects of forestry and forest processing and is a former president of the NZ Institute of Forestry. She has spent the last 6 years tackling wilding pines. VersteegStrategic Business ManagerKaipara Moana Remediation ProgrammeNew Zealand , supports the Kaipara Moana Remediation (KMR) programme by developing a strategic approach to investing in sediment reduction across the Kaipara Moana catchment. Steph has a long-standing interest in evidence-based policy and practice to support integrated land use for multiple outcomes. Her background spans environmental and social sciences and was most recently a Principal Advisor at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Environmental Forestry conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved throughout the forestry sector. Exhibition spaces are always at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Premium Event Sponsor

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Event Supporters

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Event Sponsors

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Featured image for “PGG Wrightson Turf | DuraVeg”
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FIEA Partners

Featured image for “Key Knife | Braford Industries”
Featured image for “Eagle Technology”
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Featured image for “Atlas | Integral”
Featured image for “Mobile Mentor | Logrithm”
Featured image for “NZ Logger”
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Featured image for “Trimble Forestry”
Featured image for “Scion Research”
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Media Partners

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Featured image for “Friday Offcuts”
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Featured image for “HarvestTECH News”


Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua
390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates:

  • Superior Room $185 (single|double|twin)
  • Deluxe Room $205 (single|double|twin)
  • Junior Suite $245 (single|double)
  • Executive Suite $285 (single|double)

* All accommodation rates incl. GST

Book Accommoation


Super Early Bird$695 + GSTEnds Friday 28 April 2023. Rates are per person.Register2023-03-072023-04-28
Early Bird$795 + GSTEnds Friday 19 May 2023. Rates are per person.Register2023-04-292023-05-19
Standard Rate$895 + GSTStarts 20 May 2023. Rates are per person.Register2023-05-202023-06-21
Group Rate (3+)$660 + GSTA minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.Register2023-03-082023-06-21
Pre Conference Workshop / Networking FunctionsFREEWorkshops and networking functions are provided free for conference delegates only2023-03-082023-06-22
Event has endedKeep an eye out for future dates2023-06-222023-11-302023-06-22
Registration Details
  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • Workshop registrations form part of the online event registration process. Details are being collected during your registration.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%).
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • The early bird rates apply only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible for these rates, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed date. All discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual online event that would be set up by the organisers.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 19 May 2023, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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