13 April 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand
In conjunction with HarvestTECH
The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.


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Event Details

#1 People and Culture

People and culture are a strong driver of safety improvement. Our keynote speakers focus on how CEOs need to initiate and own changes in safety attitudes. A major theme is what drives culture change and how everyone in the workplace can benefit from learning from incidents in a informative and positive way.

#2 Technologies and Systems

At the same time as software is making safety administration easier, machinery technologies are changing fast at the leading edge of primary and extraction industries. Our focus is to bring leaders with relevant experience in exciting new technologies that can help us in forestry. Technologies from within (think Waratah’s developments on chainshot) and autonomous control from outside (think Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future at Pilbara) will be showcased. Many of these innovations, which have already been successfully adopted by the industry, will be highlighted throughout the event.

Event Dates

Tuesday 13 April 2021
Wednesday 14 April 2021 (HarvestTECH)

Who Attends?

  • Forestry contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forestry owners
  • Forestry consultants
  • Health & safety leaders
  • Harvest planners
  • Transport operators
  • Government representatives

Forest Safety 2021 Programme

13 April 2021, Rotorua, New Zealand

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Timezone: NZDT

Welcome & Introduction

FIEA & Conference Principal Partner, McFall Fuel

Session 1

The Guardian of Guardians

Seeing Machines and the AutoSense experience: Technology for Truck Driver Health and Safety 24/7

Fiona Weston, Seeing Machines Launch & Education Manager, AutoSense


Case Study: First Aid for the Forestry Industry

Finding the synergy between compliance, practical competence and relevance

Simon Ritson, Director, PracMed


Technology for Truck Driver Skills and Performance Improvement

Forestry is streets ahead of other industries

Daryl Hutton, Managing Director, ANC Forestry Group

Coffee break & Networking
Session 2

Case Study: Implementing Oral and Random Drugs & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Your voice / My voice / Our voice

Carl Stent, OHS Lead, Kaingaroa Timberlands


Looking to the Future Through Our Past: Why it is Important for our Wellbeing to Connect

Lance Burdett, Founder & Director, Warn International


Q&A / Discussion Session

Moderator: Sheryl Dawson, CEO, McFall Fuel


Lunch & Networking

Joining HarvestTECH 2021 delegates

Session 3

SAFETREE Overview of Our Safety Journey

Successful Work - Turning our Safety Interventions Upside Down

Fiona Ewing, National Safety Director, Safetree


Case Study: The Impact of Toroawhi Services on Our People

Richard Stringfellow, Toroawhi, Safetree


Panel Session: Solutions for Effective Safety in Forestry

What's best for effective and lasting solutions - using workplace culture change and/or technology

Moderator: Les Bak, Health & Safety Manager, OneFortyOne Nelson

Panelists: Campbell Gilmour, Group General Manager, Williams & Wilshier; Daryl Hutton, Managing Director, ANC Forestry Group; Hayden Pearson, Harvest Manager, Timberlands (Future Forester)


Coffee break & Networking

Joining HarvestTECH 2021 delegates

Session 4

Galvanic Skin Response - Smart Shirt Bush Testing Results Update from the Waikato University Team

Dr Judy Bowen, Professor Computer Sciences, University of Waikato and Annika Hinze, Associate Professor Computer Sciences, University of Waikato


Safety Technology TECH TALKS

FIEA Sponsors


Tall Timber & Tall Tales (joining the HarvestTECH 2021 delegates)

Paul Mahoney, NZ Logging Historian

Drinks, Refreshments & Networking

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Forest Safety 2020 Conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest safety to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australian forestry companies. This is a major event for this regions forestry sector.

Exhibition spaces for these events are 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.

For a full range of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gordon Thomson.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship & Marketing Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384,

2021 Principal Sponsors

2021 Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners


Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua | Tel: +64 07 349 5200 | Visit website

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 | $160 | per room per night (single, double or twin share occupancy)
  • Deluxe Room | $180 | per room per night (single, double or twin share occupancy)
  • Junior Suite | $220 | per room per night (single or double share occupancy)
  • Executive Suite | $250 | per room per night (single or double share occupancy)

All accommodation prices include GST

Book Accommodation


Early Bird$595 + GST

Early Bird ends 12 March 2021. Rates are per person.

Standard Rate$695 + GST

Standard rate starts 13 March 2021. Rates are per person.

Group Rate (3+)$495 + GST

A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.

Add HarvestTECH Day Two$295 + GST

Attendees are able to add the second day of HarvestTECH 2021 to their Forest Safety 2021 registration. Rate is per person.

Registration Details
  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Association Member discounts apply. Please contact your association directly for the discount code.
  • For EarlyBird Rates, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the dates listed above.
  • Your Conference Registration payment, covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, workshops, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download 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, delegates will be transferred to a new virtual on-line event that would be set up by the organisers. No refunds will be given.
  • 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 26 February 2021, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after 26 February 2021 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.

To read our full Terms and Conditions, Click Here.




Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

  • Rotorua Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    Building X91, Sala Street,
    Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230,
    Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

  • Dunedin Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
    6 Liverpool Street,
    Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    PO Box 904,
    Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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