Unique opportunity for young foresters & students

Friday 16 Jul 2021

Very rarely do you get anything for free. Here is one offer though. This new opportunity comes with a free conference registration for two days, refreshments and for those outside of the central North Island of New Zealand, travel and accommodation costs that could be met as well. Last year, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) teamed up with the WIDE Trust, a charitable Trust formed in 2018 that supports the development and education in New Zealand’s forestry and wood industry sectors to make the special offer.

FIEA conferences and exhibitions have set a benchmark for years. They’re the leading series of technology related events in this part of the world where new and emerging technologies, operating practices and research are able to be regularly showcased to local companies. They’re always well supported. After 20 years, they’ve been able to build up strong communities of like-minded individuals that meet up once a year – or every second year. Newsletters, have been set up to complement the tech events with three industry-focused monthly newsletters going out each month now to around 6,000 readers for each newsletter.

So, what’s being offered?

To help out younger employees, recent graduates and new entrants into the industry, places for six young employees or students to attend this year’s ForestTECH 2021 technology event are being offered. So, free beer and food as well as the opportunity of learning about new technology, staying abreast with the very latest in research and operating practices, learning about emerging technologies (within and outside our own industry) and networking (with senior management, tech providers and your counterparts from across the country). Now that’s an offer just too good not to look at further.

The event, ForestTECH 2021, is planned to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 23-24 November 2021. Details can be found on the event website, www.foresttech.events/ft21.


Applicants for the six places have to be actively employed within the forestry industry or in a recognised training scheme, apprenticeship or course. To ensure the package is targeting the right person, the applicants should also be 35 years or younger.

What do I do if interested?

Places will be filled on a first in-first served basis, provided the eligibility criteria have been met. So, if keen on picking up one of the six available spaces for the upcoming ForestTECH 2021 event, please make contact with brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz BEFORE Friday 30 July. In addition to expressing your interest to attend, we’d also like you to provide us with a couple of paragraphs (no more) on;

1. Why the content within this year’s ForestTECH 2021 event is of interest to your current studies/current duties or plans for your future career? and,

2. What you hope to get out of your attendance at this year’s ForestTECH 2021 event.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

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