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Conference 2019

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“Fast Forward” 15-20 May 2019, Rotorua

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The Bay of Plenty Branch welcomes you to the 63rd Annual Conference that will be based in Rotorua with field-trips across the Bay of Plenty.

This Conference and Expo will bring together: technical and economic information, land owners and investors, service providers, new technologies and policies, new ideas and fresh perspectives, along with plenty of time to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances.

Organised by the BOP Branch of the NZ Farm Forestry Association, this is an Annual Conference at a water-shed moment in forestry. Key issues for farm foresters at this time include:

  1. Land-use and the One Billion Tree initiative
  2. National Policy Statement on water quality
  3. Launch of the NES-FP and proposed changes to the ETS
  4. Productivity Commission’s Low-Emissions economy report
  5. The vote for continuance of the Forest Grower Levy

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Conference Programme

Venue: Distinction Hotel Rotorua, Fenton Street Rotorua www.distinctionhotelrotorua.co.nz

Wednesday 15 May 2019
Registration throughout the day
The Conference starts with special Action Group meetings, and a free evening in Rotorua.

Thursday 16 May 2019
Registration throughout the day
Thursday’s agenda includes the NZFFA Annual General Meeting and National Council Meeting.
There will be pre-dinner drinks followed by the Conference Opening Dinner at Distinction Hotel Rotorua.

Friday 17 May 2019
Conference Day 1
The first day of the conference will be focussing on an analysis of current topics including a description of the small scale investors in NZ, how to make small scale forest investment more attractive, and how the interests of small scale forest owners are represented.
The day will conclude with pre-dinner drinks followed by an Awards Dinner at the Distinction Hotel Rotorua.

Saturday 18 May 2019
Conference Day 2
The focus of Day 2 will be on solutions and actions for the future, including sessions on getting more trees planted, future directions for NZFFA, and solutions for structure and funding. The evening is free for delegates to explore the city of Rotorua.

Sunday 19 May 2019
Field Trip: NZ Farm Forestry for Families – A future model for land-use
This field trip will take delegates to Clearwood Roydon Downs farm forestry. The trip will be looking at land use, forest investment, carbon, species and harvesting.

Partners Programme:

Keen to explore Rotorua? Check out what is on offer:

There may be an organised tour of selected attractions arranged - please indicate your interest in this when completing the registration form.

Monday 20 May 2019
Post-Conference Tours
Participants can choose one of two options for post- conference tours: 

  • Tour One: Bay of Plenty Forestry Supply Chain will be visiting Port of Tauranga, a full stems harvesting operation, full stems cartage and a full stems merchandising yard.
  • Tour Two: Future Forests will take delegates to Red Stag Sawmill, Redwoods Forest, Scion, and to view stream-side planting at Hamurana.

Please note on your registration form your preference of tour, as there are limited spaces available.

Both tours will be full day trips, leaving and returning to the Distinction Hotel Rotorua.
Further details relating to the field day and post-conference tours will be provided over the following months.

Accomodation

Distinction Rotorua Hotel

Superior Rooms:  $185.00 incl. GST per room per night based on single, double or twin share occupancy
Deluxe Rooms:  $205.00 incl. GST per room per night based on single, double or twin share occupancy

IMPORTANT NOTICE – The host hotel has advised the conference committee that due to a few large events in Rotorua, coinciding exactly with our 2019 Annual Conference, hotel and motel accommodation is going to be in short supply.  We strongly advise delegates to book their accommodation now to ensure you do not miss out.  The Distinction Hotel has a limited number of rooms available, as do adjacent motels – Regal Palms Resort, Birchwood Spa and Alpine Motel.  To get the best rate, indicate you are attending the NZFFA Conference.

 DO NOT DELAY – If you want to secure your room(s) for the conference, at the Distinction or anywhere in Rotorua, you are well advised to book now and avoid disappointment.  One of the other events is massive.  It is TRENZ – the single largest national tourism operators annual conference in the country and of course the big tourism operators invite their business partners to this showcase event.  Please act quickly  – if you wait too long – you could miss out altogether.

To Book Accommodation Click Here:  www.distinctionhotelsrotorua.co.nz/NZFFA

Transport

No vehicles permitted on field trips.
Buses will collect attendees from the Distinction Hotel Rotorua only.

Registration

A discounted rate is available to those who register BEFORE Friday 5 April 2019

Cancellations

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received prior to 5 April 2019. Cancellations received prior to this date will be refunded less an administration fee of $50.00. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable.

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Conference timetable


Wednesday 15th May 2019
Action Group Meetings - Kauri room, Distinction Hotel Rotorua
9:00 am - 10:00am Acacia Melanoxylon Interest Group Organisation
10:30am - 11:30am Cypress Development Group
11:30am - 12:30am Eucalypt Action Group
1:00pm - 2:00pm Sequoia Action Group
2:00pm - 3:00pm Farm Forestry Timbers
3:30pm - 5:00pm Indigenous Forest Section

Thursday 16 May 2019
Conference Meetings - Conference Center, Distinction Hotel
9:00am - 1:00pm Agenda and supporting papers to be supplied
9:00am - 1:00pm National Council Meeting
2:00pm - 5:00pm Annual General Meeting
Pre-dinner drinks and Welcome Dinner - Foyer and Trade Display area, Distinction Hotel
6:00pm - 7:00pm Drinks and Canapes
Welcome Dinner - Conference Center, Distinction Hotel
7:00pm - 10:00pm Conference Welcome Dinner

Friday 17 May 2019
Conference Day 1 & Exhibition - Distinction Hotel Rotorua
8:30 am Session 1: Opening Addresses
10:00 am Morning break
10:30 am Session 2: Who are the small scale forest investors in NZ?
12:15 pm Lunch break
1:15 pm Session 3: How do we engage new landowners (farmers) in small scale forest investment?
3:00 pm Afternoon break
3:30 pm Session 4: How are the interests of small scale forest owners represented?
4:45 pm Conference Day 1 closes
6:00 pm Pre-dinner drinks
7:00 pm Awards dinner
Conference sessions will include approx. 3 presentations per session.

Saturday 18 May 2019
Conference Day 2 & Exhibition - Distinction Hotel Rotorua
9:00 am SESSION 1: Getting more trees planted
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am SESSION 2: The future direction of NZFFA
12:30 am Lunch break
1:30 pm SESSION 3: Solutions to NZFFA structure and funding
3:00 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm SESSION 4: Where to from here for NZFFA and small scale forest growers
4:45 pm Conference Day 2 Closes. Free evening in Rotorua
Conference sessions will include approx. 3 presentations per session.

Sunday 19 May 2019
Field Trip: NZ Farm Forestry for Families: A future model for land-use
Full day This field trip will take delegates to the outstanding Clearwood Roydon Downs farm forestry property. The trip will be looking at land use, forest investment, carbon, species and harvesting.
How does one of the most profitable syndicates work? Could this be a future model for land use to meet NZ environmental and economic targets?
Note: Firm footwear and PPE required.

Monday 20 May 2019
Post-Conference Field Tour
Full day  
Tour One: Bay of Plenty Forestry Supply Chain: A full stems harvesting operation, full stems cartage, a full stems merchandising yard at Kawerau, and the Port of Tauranga - largest log export port in NZ.
Note: Firm footwear and PPE required.
Tour Two: Future Forests: Red Stag Sawmill, Redwoods Forest, Scion, Hamurana stream-side planting.
Note: Firm footwear and PPE required.

 

Graham West 
Organising Chairman

For further information please contact Ph: 0274 410353

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