Conference Overview

Don't forget to register only 3 weeks until the

WPMA Conference 4th April 2019

Wood Manufacturing Matters……..especially in New Zealand’s regions.
Of course wood processing and manufacturing matters to New Zealand! The wood industry will be central to NZ’s future, low-carbon economy. How do we get there? – that’s what this conference is all about.
Getting there requires tackling the distorted market for logs. Come and hear what the NZ Government’s inquiry into the domestic log market is finding and agree what urgent corrective action needs to be taken.
Understand how other major NZ manufacturers are tackling world markets. Find out why a strong manufacturing sector is critical to NZ and identify what business conditions are needed for growth.
We’re also celebrating the launch of the WPMA’s NZ Wood Design Guides – a large, cross-industry project encouraging the NZ construction industry to make much more use of wood.
It’s a big agenda…. but then the WPMA always aims large!…hope you can be there.
When:  Thursday 4th April 2019
Where: Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch
Time:    Registrations open at 8am for a 9am start.
This is a one day conference followed by a cocktail function and conference dinner.
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Conference Dinner Speaker confirmed:  Sir Gordon Tietjens!  Former NZ World Cup Rugby 7’s Coach

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Conference Dinner Speaker confirmed:  Sir Gordon Tietjens!  Rugby 7's World Cup Winning Coach

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WPMA Conference – Programme Thursday 4th April 2019

Wood Manufacturing Matters!

……..especially in New Zealand’s regions

8.00 – 9.00am

Conference registration, with tea and coffee available


Chair: WPMA Board

Session 1:

Challenges in the market for raw material and how to overcome them

9.00 – 9.10am

Opening of Conference - Deputy Mayor, Andrew Turner 

9.10 – 9.20am

Welcome from WPMA Board Member - Doug Ducker

9.20 – 9.40am

"Estimating the impact of global trade distortions on the New Zealand wood industry: overview of project scope and approach" – John Ballingall

9.40 – 10.05am

Legal perspectives on domestic log competition – Andy Glenie 

10.05 – 10.10am

Q & A

10.10 – 10.40am

Morning Tea break

Session 2:

How are other major NZ manufacturers planning to tackle their markets?

10.40 – 11.10am

“Competitiveness of NZ’s Forestry and Wood Processing Industries” Paul Clark, Westpac Industry Economist

11.10 – 11.30am

On dairy manufacturing in NZ - CEO Westland Milk Products Toni Brendish 

11.30– 11.50am 

On food manufacturing in NZ - Baker Boys - Dean Boston 

11.50 – 12.10pm

On engineering in NZ - AW Fraser Ltd - Philip Benson

12.10 – 12.15pm

Q & A

12.15– 1.15pm

Lunch break             


Chair: Jon Tanner

Session 3:  

Are we being supported to grow?

1.15 – 1.35pm

"Health and Safety: Is it worth the risk?" Mike Cosman, Cosman Parkes

1.35 – 1.55pm

"Competitiveness in a carbon constrained world" – John Carnegie Business NZ 

1.55 – 2.15pm

Future taxation regimes – Geof Nightingale, PwC 

2.15 – 2.35pm

Our future customers – what will they expect from wood products? – Kevin Golding 

2.35 – 2.55pm

Silviculture – what raw materials will NZ’s forests deliver? - Tenon Clearwood & John Moore Scion

2.55 – 3.00pm

Q & A

3.00 – 3.30pm

Afternoon Tea break

Session 4:  

Manufacturing in the big picture and WPMA’s part in it

3.30 – 3.50pm

Why manufacturing really does matter – Alison Pennington – 'Centre for Future Work, at the Australia Institute'

3.50 – 4.10pm

Minister for Economic Development & Trade - Hon David Parker 

4.10 – 4.30pm

Close of Conference – Jon Tanner - End of day.

4.30 – 6.00pm

 Launch of the NZ Wood Design Guides and Cocktail Function


Launch of the NZ Wood Design Guides and Cocktail Function

Launch Presenters include:

Dr Helen Anderson; Chair of BRANZ, Scion & MBIE Building & Advisory Panel will launch these awards. 

Also presenting is Andy van Houtte; NZ Wood Design Guide Manager, Andy Buchanan; Emeritus Professor of Timber Design, Robert Green; Chair of Forest Grower Levy Trust.

7.00 – 10.30pm

Conference Dinner – Guest Speaker - Sir Gordon Tietjens

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Accommodation is available at Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch at a special rate of  $209 per room.  This offer is available until 20th March so don't miss out!

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