NZIF con­verges on Ro­torua

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

RO­TORUA WILL PLAY HOST TO THE an­nual con­fer­ence and AGM of the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Forestry next month.

The four-day NZIF event take place less than three weeks out from the Gen­eral Election and the for­est poli­cies from five po­lit­i­cal par­ties (Na­tional, Labour, Greens, NZ First and Gareth Morgan’s The Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party) will be out­lined by their var­i­ous spokes­peo­ple.

Then things get back to nor­mal with a range of top­ics to be pre­sented and dis­cussed. These in­clude en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, how forestry is per­ceived by the pub­lic, at­tract­ing peo­ple to the work­force and train­ing them, and look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture of the in­dus­try.

Key speak­ers will also cover the wider in­ter­na­tional pic­ture and will in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion from Haari Savo­nen of Fin­land.

Ro­torua’s strate­gic po­si­tion in the heart of New Zealand’s ma­jor forestry re­gion will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to talk up their var­i­ous projects and in­ter­ests.

The con­fer­ence din­ner that caps the first full day of the con­fer­ence will in­clude the In­sti­tute’s an­nual awards that will see a new Forester of the Year crowned. The NZIF Foun­da­tion awards will also be pre­sented, with two post-grad­u­ate re­search schol­ar­ships, each to the value of $10,000, be­ing of­fered in ad­di­tion to the other awards, schol­ar­ships and prizes, which now to­tal $34,500.

The con­fer­ence takes place at the Novo­tel in Ro­torua from Septem­ber 3-6 and in­cludes a field trip to var­i­ous forestry and mill sites on the last day. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­fer­ence.


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