26-27 June 2019, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

HarvestTECH provides an essential and independent platform to showcase new innovations and operating practices suited to our local harvesting operations. Over 450 foresters and contractors attended HarvestTECH 2017!

Latest Event Update

EOI to Present – HarvestTECH 2019

You know just how popular it was when last run in 2017. HarvestTECH 2017 SOLD OUT well in advance of the event even running. Over 450 harvesting and wood transport contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and equipment and tech providers met up at one place, Rotorua, New Zealand over a couple of days. It was the largest gathering yet seen ...


Event Details

What's Planned?

Previous events have sold out

The 2015 harvesting event was SOLD OUT. The two-yearly harvesting event in 2017 ALSO SOLD OUT.  For the 2017 event, exhibitors booths were sold out six weeks before the event and for delegates, no further registrations could be taken at least a month out before the event ran.

It was huge. HarvestTECH 2017 was the largest gathering yet seen in New Zealand. Around 450 logging contractors, forestry managers, forest owners, harvest planners along with all of the major equipment suppliers to the logging industry in this part of the world met in Rotorua. In addition to having most logging contractors from throughout the country attending, the FIEA event drew in a large contingent of contractors and forest managers from throughout Australia, as well as attracting key equipment suppliers, researchers, forestry companies and international contractors from Europe, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Asia.

As well as the two-day conference and over 40 displays, two one-day field tours ran for HarvestTECH 2017 delegates.

Details for HarvestTECH 2019

It’s anticipated that 2019 will build on the success of the last two events. Planning is already underway for the 2019 event. Unlike earlier programmes the focus for 2019 will shift. Recent HarvestTECH programmes had concentrated on advances that had been made by innovative harvesting contractors, often working alongside local engineering companies and forestry companies, to increase their mechanisation, to raise productivity and to improve safety with new equipment being used on steeper terrain. It’s anticipated that HarvestTECH 2019 will be much more expansive.

The programme is being designed with contractors and industry leaders right now. It’s going to provide a practical, up-to-date and independent overview of some exciting new innovations and operating practices that are being employed, both inside and outside the industry, that will improve harvest operations, planning and wood transport.

HarvestTECH 2019 will provide a unique opportunity for all harvesting contractors, forestry companies and key technology and equipment providers to get away from their workplaces, to network together at one place at one time and to learn from some truly innovative operators and suppliers. Of course, it’s going to enable all those attending to renew and to make numerous new contacts to assist them in their business and future operations.

What is Being Covered in 2019?
  • Recent innovations in steep slope and winch assist harvesting
  • Getting the best out of existing hauler & ground-based 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 & Systems for harvesting smaller woodlots
  • Remote sensing technologies for harvest planning and operations
  • 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
Who Will be Attending?

Hundreds of representatives from the New Zealand and Australian wood processing industries, including:

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

Programme / Speaker Interest

We are working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Brent Apthorp on brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 3 470 1902.

We would also like to hear from you:

  • If your are interested in speaking,
  • Would like to recommend a fantastic speaker, innovation or technology,
  • Have ideas on special sessions we could add to the programme
  • Or you would like to integrate additional workshops and/or meetings around this event.

For all enquiries regarding the programme, you can contact Brent Apthorp on brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 3 470 1902.

Contact Programme Director

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

HarvestTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in supplying equipment, products and services to Australasia’s booming logging industry. Like registrations to the previous event, sponsorship and exhibition places are expected to be booked out well in advance of HarvestTECH 2019 running. If you are considering sponsorship or exhibiting, please make contact with us early to avoid missing out!

FIEA has earned a well-deserved reputation over 20 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to forestry and wood products companies in this region.

For sponsorship and exhibition options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

Contact Sponsorship Manager
FIEA Partners

Media Partners



Distinction Rotorua Hotel, Rotorua, 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: Coming soon.

Hotel Website Visit Rotorua


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

How can we help?

Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd