20-21 June 2017, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
20-21 June 2017, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
HarvestTECH provides an essential and independent platform to showcase new innovations and operating practices suited to local harvesting operations. Over 400 foresters and contractors attended HarvestTECH 2015!

2017 Event Details

HarvestTECH 2017 – Mark the dates into your diary. The first inaugural harvesting event for local forestry contractors ran two years ago, June 2015. The last event SOLD OUT! It was the largest gathering seen in New Zealand of forestry managers, forest owners, harvest planners and harvesting contractors in one place at one time. In addition to New Zealand contractors, a good contingent of North American and Australian contractors attended.

The focus for the 2015 event (see further details below) was on innovations around steep slope harvesting. With interest shown from North American companies in 2015, steep slope logging has since been expanded to run into Vancouver, Canada in 2016 and it will run again later in April, 2017, in Washington, USA.

Two years on, logging steeper terrain will again be covered in Rotorua in mid-June 2017. A lot has been done in this space by local engineers and contractors in the last two years. The 2017 programme though will be expanded to cover; new technologies and operating practices in small wood lot harvesting, harvest planning, advances in the mechanisation and automation of harvesting operations, issues around attracting the right people into the industry. Those attending will also get an insight into some truly innovative harvesting operations – from the air and from deep under water.

The practical use of data collected from harvesting operations, improving data exchange and communications in more remote locations, eliminating log sorts and landing sizes and international developments in new harvesting equipment are also this time being built into HarvestTECH 2017.

It’s anticipated that site tours and field visits will also this time be built into HarvestTECH 2017. Watch this space for further updates.

This is the largest tech update for wood harvesting operations in New Zealand. Plan to be in Rotorua, New Zealand with your team in mid-June, 2017.

A summary and photo gallery from HarvestTECH 2015 can be viewed here.

View 2017 Programme Details
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What is Covered?

  • Recent innovations in steep slope and winch assist harvesting – NZ, US and European
  • Getting the best out of existing hauler operations
  • Harvest planning – new systems really making a difference
  • Effective use of collected data from your harvesting operation
  • Options for eliminating log sorts and reducing landing sizes
  • Tools for harvesting greater volumes from smaller woodlots
  • LiDAR and other remote sensing technologies for harvest planning and operations
  • Meeting new environmental and water quality requirements
  • Satellite solutions for improving in-forest communications
  • Increased automation and mechanisation – new R&D
  • Remote control, robotics, virtual reality and automation in the bush
  • Filling the skills gap in harvesting
  • Innovative harvesting operations – underwater and helicopter logging

Who Will Attend?

  • Harvesting contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Wood flow planners
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Forestry & harvesting researchers
  • Harvesting equipment engineers
  • Technology, equipment or service suppliers to wood harvesting operations


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. The updated programme AND full event brochure (with registration form) is available to view below.


Mon 19 June 2017

Forest Growers Research Tour
8.30am – 4.45pm

Pre-registration / Drinks
5.00pm – 6.00pm

Tue 20 June 2017

Conference (Day One)
8.30am – 5.00pm

Conference Dinner
6.00pm – late

Wed 21 June 2017

Conference (Day Two)
8.00am – 3.00pm

Thu 22 June 2017

AB Equipment Harvesting
Field Tour
9.00am – 4.00pm

Conference Pre & Post Field Tours

For HarvestTECH 2017 delegates, two field tours, one the day before and the other the day after, have been planned for those attending the conference. Numbers to these will need to be limited. Both will be filled on a “first in first served basis”. Registrations for the field tours can be made on registering.

Forest Growers Research (FGR) Tour

(Monday 19 June 2017)

Limited Tickets

Visits will be to a local logging contractor demonstrating an array of innovative products and equipment that have been recently developed by equipment manufacturers in conjunction with Forest Growers Research (formerly Future Forests Research) and local logging contractors designed to improve both safety and productivity on steeper slopes.

The demo site is Ian Harvey’s logging operation in FPNZ Ltd’s Gammons forest, 25km North West of Rotorua. The harvesting operation consists of a Thunderbird 6355 swing yarder along with ground based operations.

Equipment to be demonstrated includes:

  • Skyshifter twin winch tail hold carriage (Awdon Technologies Ltd)
  • New model CutoverCam hauler vision system (Cutover Systems Ltd)
  • Alpine Grapple Carriage (Logpro Ltd)
  • HarvestNAV machine navigation system (Margules Groome Ltd)
  • Teleoperation of a feller-buncher (Cutover Systems Ltd)
  • Teleoperation tail-hold machine (Cutover Systems Ltd)
  • Automatic quick coupler (Doherty Engineered Attachments Ltd)
  • New UAV (‘drone’) technology (Interpine Group)

A marquee will be set up to display the drone view of the harvesting operation, the CutoverCam view of the grappling site, and other video of products which are part of the Steepland Harvesting Programme.

Start time 8.30am.

Further Details for Delegates
AB Equipment Harvesting Field Tour

(Thursday 22 June 2017)

Limited Tickets

Visits will be made to two logging sites in the Tokoroa region of the central North Island including;

  1. Baird Logging (Gaza Baird) where the Tigercat LS855C leveller tethered machine along with skidders and excavator will be demonstrated, and
  2. Fast & Evans Harvesting Ltd’s (Jess Evans and Mike Alexander) operation with the T-Mar Log-Champ 550 swing yarder operating along with skidders, processors and excavators.

Start time 9am and returning to Rotorua before 4pm.

Conference Dinner and After-Dinner Presentation

(Tuesday 20 June 2017)

“What Could Possibly go Wrong? Adventures and Disasters with Dr Tom”

Dr Tom Mulholland, Emergency Department Dr, best-selling author, TV and Radio Talk Show host, former NZ Forest Service trainee & International Keynote Presenter 

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Doctor and GP with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand. He has worked in Kaitaia Hospital in the North to Southland Hospital and the Sub Antarctic Islands as a doctor. He has worked in Tologa Bay, Chatham Islands, Papamoa in the east to Raglan, Taranaki and Greymouth in the west. He has hosted his own TV and Radio shows, written two internationally best-selling books and been a professional speaker to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton for the last 10 years.

Dr Tom Mulholland, or ‘Dr Tom’ – has made it his personal crusade to save people from
preventable chronic diseases. He’s been actively engaging with the forestry industry – out on site and parked up in his ambulance in small forestry towns. His mission, to offer free health checks to forestry workers. In the past 2 years of touring NZ in a retro Chevy V8 ambulance (and over 25 years as a Hospital Emergency Department Doctor and Rural GP), the rates of uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and heart risk are the highest he has ever seen.

Sought after throughout New Zealand, and internationally now as an after-dinner presenter, Dr Tom will provide HarvestTECH 2017 delegates with an entertaining, humorous and often controversial look at his one-man crusade that he has been on.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for HarvestTECH 2017 are now open. Already, a large number of key suppliers to the logging industry in New Zealand have signed up. The event this year will provide a tremendous opportunity for local and international companies involved in forest harvesting and safety technologies to get in front of the local industry. Another very large turnout of contractors from throughout this region is anticipated.

Record numbers of suppliers were involved in HarvestTECH 2015. Feedback from all those participating was overwhelmingly positive with a significant amount of business being done over the two days. It was the largest ever gathering seen of harvesting contractors and forestry companies at one place in New Zealand.

If you wish to pick up one of the remaining exhibition spaces at HarvestTECH 2017, please contact Gordon Thomson.

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 event sponsorship options, partnership arrangements and advertising opportunities, please complete the web form or contact;

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz

Registration Rates

Please note: The Conference is now SOLD OUT
To place your name on the waiting list please use the button below.
Waiting List

Registration Details

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices exclude 15% GST.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to credit card transactions.
  • Attendance to the conference dinner is optional and will be charged at the rate above if selected. The conference dinner is on the evening of Tuesday 20 June 2017.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz. Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • Supporting Associations (Supporters) are listed via this link.
  • To be eligible for the Early Bird rate, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the due date listed above. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 12 May 2017 a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date 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.
  • Field Tours Notes:
    • Registrations for the field tours will be taken on the assumption that the tours will proceed.
    • If because of bad weather (or other issues relating to the planned visits that might prevent a tour from being run) a field tour has to be cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded. However, no refunds for flights, meals or accommodation associated with attendance at the cancelled field tour will be given.
    • Both are limited in the spaces available and will be filled on a “first come-first served basis”.
    • If missing out because of the field tour/s being full, no refund on the conference rate will be given.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

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 are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $160 Superior Room
  • $180 Deluxe Room
  • $240 Hotel Suites

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

If planning on staying at the conference venue, Distinction Rotorua Hotel, we recommend you book your accommodation early. As a tourist destination, rooms in this hotel tend to fill very quickly.

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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

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

PO Box 904,
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

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