The ForestWood 2016 Conference was held on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre.

The theme for 2016 was Your Toolbox for Industry Resilience – Viability, Traceability, Adaptability, Credibility. This theme and its four strands looked at the elements key to building a successful and resilient business in the forestry and wood products industries looking forward. By making our businesses adaptable to the markets and the increasing expectations of society and legislation, credible in the world by maintaining a sound reputation with traceable products and increasing capability in the form of innovation, sustainable methods and improving business practices, the industry will be able to grow and thrive in an uncertain international marketplace.

The conference handbook is available for download.

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Welcome by Brian Stanley, Chair of the Wood Council of New Zealand

Government's Priorities for the New Zealand Forestry Sector
Hon Jo Goodhew,
Associate Minister for Primary Industries, with responsibility for forestry

Forestry Focus: MPI and the Forestry Sector Presentation currently not available for download
Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, Ministry for Primary Industries

Session One: Viability

Global log & lumber dynamics with a focus on Russia & China
Russell Taylor, President, International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc.

Red Stag Super-Mill Build Progress - Possible Industry Impacts Presentation currently not available for download  Presentation currently not available for download
Marty Verry, Red Stag Timber

Session Two: Traceability

Potential that's not being realised
Rt Hon Winston Peters, NZ First Leader, MP for Northland

Dude, where's my stuff?
Gary Hartley, General Manager - Customers, GS1 New Zealand

Illegal logging and NZ: small market, big responsibility
Annette Cotter,  Senior Strategist for Forests for Greenpeace International

Timber's Achilles heel: Timber design life and durability (An Australian Perspective)
Ric Sinclair, Managing Director, Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited

Session Three: Adaptability

A different way of thinking
Fiona Ewing
, National Safety Director, Forest Industry Safety Council

The Overseas Investment Act - what are the implications for forest owners?
Annelies McClure, Manager, Overseas Investment Office

Developing and sustaining a bioeconomy with forest product: views and experience from the U.S.
Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture

Biotechnology for forests and using forests: a significant opportunity for the future?
Elspeth MacRae, General Manager Manufacturing and Bioproducts, Scion and Will Barker, Chief Executive, NZBio

Revolutionary Timber Pole Solution Presentation currently not available for download
John Reelick, Director, TTT Products Limited & TTT Products Christchurch Limited

Session Four: Credibility

Building credibility from the ground upwards
Ben Gunneberg, Chief Executive Officer, PEFC International

Using certification to maintain credibility and create value
Adam Beaumont, Chief Executive Officer, FSC Australia (Forest Stewardship Council)

Drivers for sustainability assessment and reporting and potential responses
Jon Manhire, The NZ Sustainability Dashboard