16-18 June 2020
Online Webinars
The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.

The Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2020 series is going ONLINE!

Given the directives from the New Zealand and Australian Governments on running events and the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we have decided that this year's Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2020 conference will be transformed into an online webinar series! Further details will be sent to all delegates, speakers and sponsors.

While it is disappointing that we can no longer hold the physical events, we look forward to having you join us online for a new version of this conference.

Click here to read the full event terms and conditions.


2020 Forest Industry Safety & Technology | Webinar Series
SESSION ONE: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 11:00am NZST / 9:00am AEST
Keynote Session: Key Factors in Creating Positive Workplace Change

Session Co-Host: Jason Hellyer, VicForests
Lessons learnt over a Decade: An Independent View of Key Drivers and Outcomes for Improving Forest Workplace Health and Safety

Roger Harris, BC Forest Safety Ombudsman
People-Centred Outcomes – Part 2

Lance Burdett, Founder, Warn International
What is fatigue: Why does it matter and practical steps to reduce fatigue risk in your organisation

Fiona Johnston, Managing Director, Shiftwork Services
SESSION TWO: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 1:00pm NZST / 11:00am AEST
Cultural Factors: Why They Matter Most – Improving Safety Through Culture

Session Co-Host: Sheryl Dawson, McFall Fuel
Bringing Maori Culture To Workplaces For Improved Outcomes

Carl Stent, Health & Safety Manager, Timberlands and
Stephen Thomas, Te Kupenga Mahi, Toll New Zealand
Embracing Te Ao Māori in the workplace – “A measure rather than an activity”

Reuben Araroa, Managing Director, Whakaaro INC
SESSION THREE: Thursday 18 June 2020, 11:00am NZST / 9:00am AEST
Adopting and Adapting New Safety Technologies and Practices for Forestry

Session Co-Host: Fiona Ewing, Safetree
Assess, Trial, Implement - How automated in-cab driver monitoring has revolutionised workplace and transport safety

Fiona Weston, Seeing Machines Launch & Education, Autosense
Smart Shirt Could Help Prevent Fatigue Accidents

Annike Hinze, Associate Professor Computer Sciences, Waikato University and
Dr Judy Bowen, Professor Computer Sciences, Waikato University
Health & Safety - Pamu's central plateau dairy journey

Bruce Hunter, Senior Business Manager, Landcorp
SESSION FOUR: Thursday 18 June 2020, 1:00pm NZST / 11:00am AEST
New Safety Technologies and Techniques for Log Transport & Logistics

Session Co-Host: Grant Duffy, WorkSafe New Zealand
Safety and Efficiency - New Technology for Log Scaling

Ben Reyngoud, Product Leader – Port Logistics, Robotics Plus
Using Technology to Monitor, Coach and Improve Driver Performance and Behaviour

Daryl Hutton, Managing Director, ANC Forestry Group
McFall Fuel - Driver Case Study: Learning outcomes from a rollover incident

Tony Davies, Fleet & Forestry Operations, McFall Fuel and
Michael Crandon, Training & Safety Manager Operations, McFall Fuel
Putting Drivers First - Fonterra's Fatigue Management Program

Barry McColl, GM National Transport & Logistics, Fonterra and
Terry Buckingham, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Fonterra



  • All transactions will be billed in New Zealand dollars and exclude tax.
  • For New Zealand registrations, GST of 15% will be charged. No tax will be charged for registrations from other countries.
  • A credit card fee of 2.9% will also apply to credit card transactions.
  • The registration payment covers access for one individual to each of the four webinars in the series, access for one individual to the on-demand webinar recordings post-event and access to conference presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations made on or before Tuesday 2 June 2020, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferable. 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.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.

  • Full Registration Terms & Conditions


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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

    Online Webinars
    Tuesday 16 June 2020
    Thursday 18 June 2020

    Who Attends?

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

    Keynote Speakers


    ROGER HARRIS, Ombudsman, BC Forest Safety, Canada

    Roger Harris has experience in many areas of the forest sector. He has worked as a dishwasher in a logging camp, been a board member for a Local of the IWA and has owned and operated his own phase logging contract business.

    Harris knows firsthand the importance of safety and the impact that injuries and fatalities can have on workers and their families. In 1986 while working as a falling contractor, his right hand was nearly severed when his chainsaw kicked back. His brother-in-law was killed in a forestry accident at age 18.

    "I have a passion for the woods becoming a safe place because I've been there. I've lived the worst side of it, but I think it's still the greatest occupation in the world. I want the Ombudsman's office to be a vehicle that deals with issues before we have incidents."

    LANCE BURDETT, Founder & Director, WARN International, New Zealand

    With 22 years critical workplace safety experience including time as a crisis negotiator, protection officer, and emergency responder, Lance brings a unique approach to workplace health and safety.

    He combines an understanding of how psychology can be used to enhance safe practices, ways to mitigate dangers through teamwork, and personal resilience tips to boost energy and stay alert to risk.

    Returning for a second year, Lance will bring an extension to last year’s presentation on important topics including; why it is that we reflect on ourselves when speaking with others, the different ways in which we ‘think’ about events, what are these thoughts that we keep having, and how to significantly reduce our worry. He will also show us how to identify when a mate is struggling, why it is that they are reluctant to reach out for help, and what to say and do to help them. This promises to be another engaging presentation with yet more practical tools for us all to use.


    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,

    2020 Principal Sponsors

    2020 Event Sponsors

    2020 Industry Supporters

    FIEA Partners

    Media Partners

    Supporting Organisations


    Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand

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

    With its beautiful garden setting, the affordable Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities that Rotorua has to offer.

    Distinction Rotorua is located just minutes from the city centre and offers guests a range of mountain bike facilities including bike hire and a wash down facility as well as a purpose built, individual locker bike storage unit, FREE unlimited WiFi and complimentary guest car parking making the hotel a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area.


    Bayview Eden Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

    6 Queens Road, Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9250 2222 | Visit website

    Surrounded by green parks and minutes from the beach yet within easy reach of buzzing downtown Melbourne, Chapel Street shopping and nightlife, the Bayview Eden Melbourne has the best of both worlds. Many of our hotel’s 192 comfortable, stylishly refurbished rooms and suites overlook the picturesque Albert Park with its lake and golf course, while the rooftop spa and gym provide panoramic views of the Central Business District skyscrapers.



    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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