NZIF Hawkes Bay local section

Presenter: Murray Dudfield,

Murray was an employee of the NZ Forest Service commencing in 1967 and finished in the role as a Senior Forest Ranger at the time of the demise of the Forest Service in 1987. Moved to the Ministry of Forestry as a Senior Forest Fire Advisor 1987 to 1990 and then fill the role of the NZ National Rural Fire Officer 1990 to 2014. Appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2015. Awarded a FAO Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service to International Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management in 2014. Was a board member of the Australia Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre 2007 to 2014 and a board member of the Otago Rural Fire Authority 2014 to 2017. Is the current Chair of the Forest Fire Committee for the NZ Institute of Forestry.

Date and Time: Monday 3rd February 2020, 5.30pm,

Venue: Water Bar, Ahuriri, Napier,

Management of Fire in the Forest and Rural Landscape - Future Challenges

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) was established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency NZ Act 2017. This Act combined the national urban NZ Fire Service and the decentralized rural fire services into a single entity. From the FENZ 2019/20 Statement of Performance Expectations, it is projected that over the first five years FENZ intends spending an additional $904.2 million on fire services. This is $601.1 million greater than the $303 million approved by Government in 2016 at the time of approving this merger.

The Minister of Internal Affairs announced in October that there will be a review on how FENZ is funded. If a change is made by Government to move from an insurance based fire levy, to a land based fire levy, what will be the potential impact on the forestry sector given the projected large increased expenditure on fire services by FENZ since July 2017.

Under the FENZ structure a large forest fire occurred on the 5th February 2019 in Pigeon Valley. This involved a loss of more than 2,300 hectares of forested lands located 30km southwest of Nelson. Did the fire weather environment during the first few days of this fire support the decisions to construct firebreaks, external to the plantation, and the evacuation of people from communities to the south-east of this wildfire.

With a cost of more than $17 million the February 2019 Pigeon Valley wildfire is the most expensive vegetation fire in the history of New Zealand. It has also been claimed by some as the most destructive plantation fire in the past 60 years. When compared with data from four other forest fires it shows that the fire environment in the first five days of this Pigeon Valley fire does not warrant this characterisation.

A light refreshment is available prior to the meeting presentation. 

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NZIF 2020 Conference - Masterton, 28th June 2020 to 30th June 2020

We are excited to be presenting a varied and inspiring lineup for our next conference to be held in Masterton in the mighty Wairarapa.  We all know how passionate our sector work force is about what we do, and we are seeking to showcase some of this pride with our lineup of speakers and CPD sessions.  

The Wairarapa has enjoyed a surge of increased activity in the forestry sector in the last 5 years and we have seen many changes with our workplaces growing and new innovations in both logging and transport.  This has not been without challenges in our communities, we have had some head butting with rural groups in our regions.  We are hoping to address these differences by opening the lines of communication by holding “Public” sessions at our conference that members of our rural community can attend and will be invited to.  This is about breaking down some of the barriers that exist between our industries and involving our local rural associates in our conference to assist with understanding our sector.

 

Our conference will run over 3 days with Sunday CPD sessions, AGM and the Future Foresters fun evening planned for those young and not so young.  These evenings are a great opportunity for informal networking, with the new generation of foresters mixing and meeting.

 

Monday will involve 7 sessions followed by dedicated “Parliamentary Party Sessions” where each political party will have a chance to address our conference and explain their policies for the upcoming election.  Our conference dinner on this night will be held at the Carterton Event Centre, a building that showcases LVL timber and an innovative seismic system using wood.

Our final day of conference will start with the annual Women in Forestry Breakfast and we are looking forward to hearing from an inspiring women speaker to our collective group of women who work in forestry. The breakfast will be followed by our “Breaking Down the Barriers” sessions that are open to the public, and then our two streams of field trips where groups can choose from seeing farm forestry and advanced logging systems or log transport on trains with a tour of a local sawmill. There should be plenty of action by keeping our field trips, “in the field”.

We are hoping to provide interest for all our members and associates at the conference and the locals in the Wairarapa are very much looking forward to hosting and showcasing some of their workplaces along with some inspiring sessions on what is currently exciting for forestry in New Zealand.

We are excited to be presenting a varied and inspiring lineup for our next conference to be held in Masterton in the mighty Wairarapa.  We all know how passionate our sector work force is about what we do, and we are seeking to showcase some of this pride with our lineup of speakers and CPD sessions. 

The Wairarapa has enjoyed a surge of increased activity in the forestry sector in the last 5 years and we have seen many changes with our workplaces growing and new innovations in both logging and transport.  This has not been without challenges in our communities, we have had some head butting with rural groups in our regions.  We are hoping to address these differences by opening the lines of communication by holding “Public” sessions at our conference that members of our rural community can attend and will be invited to.  This is about breaking down some of the barriers that exist between our industries and involving our local rural associates in our conference to assist with understanding our sector.

Our conference will run over 3 days with Sunday CPD sessions, AGM and the Future Foresters fun evening planned for those young and not so young.  These evenings are a great opportunity for informal networking, with the new generation of foresters mixing and meeting.

 Monday will involve 7 sessions followed by dedicated “Parliamentary Party Sessions” where each political party will have a chance to address our conference and explain their policies for the upcoming election.  Our conference dinner on this night will be held at the Carterton Event Centre, a building that showcases LVL timber and an innovative seismic system using wood. 

Our final day of conference will start with the annual Women in Forestry Breakfast and we are looking forward to hearing from an inspiring women speaker to our collective group of women who work in forestry. The breakfast will be followed by our “Breaking Down the Barriers” sessions that are open to the public, and then our two streams of field trips where groups can choose from seeing farm forestry and advanced logging systems or log transport on trains with a tour of a local sawmill. There should be plenty of action by keeping our field trips, “in the field”.

We are hoping to provide interest for all our members and associates at the conference and the locals in the Wairarapa are very much looking forward to hosting and showcasing some of their workplaces along with some inspiring sessions on what is currently exciting for forestry in New Zealand.

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NZIF Hawkes Bay local section

1st February 2020
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