Chavasse Travel Awards

When the NZIF Foundation was established by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in December 2011, the Trustees agreed to take over the Chavasse Travel Award.

Details are as follows:

Purpose: The NZIF Foundation Chavasse Travel Award is open to:
  • any person who is in their mid-career and interested or employed in some aspect of forestry in New Zealand to enable, the applicant to travel overseas in order to increase their and the forestry sector’s experience and knowledge; or
  • To assist an overseas person to travel to and within New Zealand for the purpose of making presentations on forestry topics to New Zealand audiences.  In this case the applicant for the funds has to be employed in some aspect of forestry in New Zealand.
The award recognises forestry excellence and personal integrity, and aims to reward the clear dissemination and presentation of results.
Funding: The Chavasse Travel Award is funded from the Foundation’s general funding.
Size and term of Award An annual award of up to $3,500 is offered in 2018.

 

Applications

 

Applications should be made in writing and provide the following information:

  • The applicant’s name, employer and position
  • Applicant’s contacts (Email and phone);
  • Where the application is for the applicant to travel overseas:
    • details of the proposed travel (reason for travel, locations, dates and costs)
    • Amount sought
    • Other sources of finance
    • Benefit to NZ forestry
    • How you plan to share the knowledge gained by the travel
    • Your aspirations and key interests in NZ forests and forestry
    • Statement of why you should receive the award
    • Copy of your CV
  • Where the application is to invite an overseas person to travel to NZ
    • details of the proposed travel (reason for travel, locations, dates and costs)
    • Amount sought
    • Other sources of finance
    • Benefit to NZ forestry
    • How the invitee’s travel in NZ will benefit NZ
    • Statement of why you should receive the award
    • Copy of invitee’s CV
  • Other supporting information
  • Details (names, contact details, and relationship to applicant/invitee) of two referees who can attest to the applicants/invitee’s achievements and characteristics
Background information Geoff Chavasse came to New Zealand from England in 1950 to work for the NZ Forest Service.  He spent time in Southland, the West Coast and Head office, before transferring to the Forest Research Institute in Rotorua in 1968.  He joined NZIF in 1951, served as Editor of the Journal from 1970 to 74, a Councillor and as President of the Institute from 1978 to 1980 and in 1994 he received the Institute’s supreme award, the Kirk Horn Flask.

 

 

RECORD OF AWARDS

Year Awardee Topic Amount
2017 No award    
2016 Paul Silcock, Waikato manager for the forest management and consulting company NZ Forestry To enable Paul to attend the 2016 Redwood Symposium in California to present the first year’s results from a research project the Sequoia Action Group is undertaking with Scion with funding from the Sustainable Forestry Fund. $3,500
2015 Peter Edwards, post-doctoral researcher at Lincoln University To assist Peter to travel to Belarus to teach forest and land use governance and to develop a forest policy teaching and research programme, which he expects to be able to deliver at Lincoln. $3,500
2014 Rhys Millar, forestry adviser of Ahika Consulting Ltd., in Dunedin.  To assist Mr Millar to travel to the United Kingdom to research and learn lessons from the managers of FSC and PEFC certification schemes for small forest owners. $3,500
2013 Stefania Pizzirani, Ph.D. student at Massey University To assist with expenses to attend and make an oral presentation at the 7th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology at the University of Ulsan in South Korea. $2,615
2012 Dr Stephanie Rotarangi To assist her to travel to Ireland to attend an IUFRO conference. $3,500

 

Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator (foundation@nzif.org.nz) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018. 

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZ Institute of Forestry Conference in Nelson on Tuesday 10th July 2018.  For details of the conference see www.nzif.org.nz.