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!

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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


We have been 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 or (+64) 3 470 1902.

Pre-conference Registrations & Drinks (Tuesday 25 June 2019)

Due to the numbers of delegates registering, for those in Rotorua or staying at the Distinction Rotorua hotel, pre-conference registrations will be held along with drinks at the venue between 5 and 6pm, the night before the conference on Tuesday 25 June 2019. Pre-Conference drinks are being sponsored by Boss Attachments.

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This includes the programme, event details and printed registration form.


HarvestTECH 2019 Programme

Pre-Conference | Tuesday 25 June 2019

5.00pm - 6.00pmPre-conference Registrations & Drinks
Sponsored by Boss Attachments

Day One | Wednesday 26 June 2019

Morning Session Day One: Sponsored by McFall Fuel
Brent Apthorp, FIEA

SESSION 1: Harvesting Technologies. A global overview of new equipment innovations suited to local operations

9.10amJohn Deere Forestry
Jari Mennala, Director Forestry Sales & Marketing, John Deere Forestry, USA
9.30amCaterpillar Forestry
Mike Dickenson, Global Product Application Specialist, Caterpillar, USA
9.50amTechnologies Element PSW
Karl Element, Director of Business Development, Eltec, Canada
10.10amMorning Tea & Networking
Coffee Chic “Real Coffee” Cart Sponsor is Finance New Zealand
10.40amT-Winch Traction Assist Machine. Opening up traditional swing yarder terrain to ground based logging. A NZ first
Ian Wilton, Business Director, FORCO
11.00amThe Move Towards Autonomous Logging. Research, prototype or full production? The first Falcon felling carriage and hauler system
Dale Ewers, Director, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment
11.30amTECH SHOWCASE. Short presentations on new product innovations
12.15pmLunch & Networking
Sponsored by Dr Diesel
Afternoon Session Day One: Sponsored by AB Equipment/Tigercat
Gary Olsen, International Sales Manager, Tigercat, Canada
Janne Tarvainen, Area Director, Ponsse, Finland

SESSION 2: Innovative Technologies that will change your Harvesting Operation. Robotics, automation, UAV’s, mobile & worker wearable tools

2.10pmUsing Technology to Provide Effective On-Site Training. Case studies, lessons and opportunities for harvesting operations to use Virtual Reality
Kevin Jackman, CTO, Corvecto
2.40pmHarvest planning in the 21st century. Trialling Microsoft’s HoloLens to enhance harvest planning and communications
Melissa Evans, Research Leader Data Analytics, Scion
3.10pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
3.40pmUAV’s and their place in Forest Contracting. An essential tool for day to day harvesting operations
David Herries, GM, Interpine Group
4.10pmThe Connected Worker. Harnessing new mobile and wearable technologies to improve your forest operation’s safety and productivity
Randall Cameron, Managing Director, Mobile Mentor Australia
4.40pmSawdust and Sweat. Technology from Days Gone By. A pictorial walk through early NZ logging operations
Paul Mahoney, Logging Historian, DOC
5.15pmDrinks & Networking
Sponsored by Shaws

Day Two | Thursday 27 June 2019

Morning Session Day Two: Sponsored by John Deere

SESSION 3: Woodlot Logging. Innovations around harvesting increasing numbers of small woodlots off steeper slopes

8.30amThe Two Stage Log Extraction Revolution. Systems successfully being used to reduce landing sizes by transporting wood to a separate processing site for sorting and loading
Marcus Musson, Director, FOMS
9.00amLog Making – from Forest to a Stand-alone Optimising Plant. A case study of Hikurangi Forest Farms recent journey with the commissioning of their Optilog operation at Gisborne
Ian Brown, General Manager, Hikurangi Forest Farms
9.30amBig Data Made Easy. Using daily satellite imagery for practical harvest planning and operations management
Chaplin Chan, Applications Development - Resource Modelling, Indufor Asia Pacific
10.00amMorning Tea & Networking
Coffee Chic “Real Coffee” Cart Sponsor is Finance New Zealand

SESSION 4: Operating Smarter. Better utilisation of existing technology, operations and business practices

10.30amUsing Collected Harvester Information to Drive your Forestry Business. A forest managers perspective.
Leisa Small, Resource Forester, Hancock Forest Management
10.50amUsing Collected Harvester Information to Drive your Wood Harvesting Operation. A forest contractor’s perspective.
Nathan Taylor, Director, Mechanised Cable Harvesting
11.10amHow to Minimise Log Breakage and Improve Machine Productivity. An insight into log bunching practices adopted by an Australian logging operation working on steeper Victorian slopes
Andrew Mahnken, Managing Director, Mountain Logging, Australia, & Nathan Taylor, Director, Mechanised Cable Harvesting
11.40amFine Tuning your Business & Operations. Connecting people and processes to make your wood harvesting business really fly
Trevor Hall, Director, The Lean Hub & Robert Stubbs, MD, Stubbs Contractors
12.15pmTECH SHOWCASE. Short presentations on new product innovations
12.30pmLunch & Networking
Sponsored by Dr Diesel
Afternoon Session Day Two: Sponsored by GoughCat
1.15pmPost Tolaga Bay. Lessons for forest managers, owners, harvest and roading planners and harvesting contractors
Bert Hughes, CEO, Forest Enterprises

SESSION 5: People – a Real Issue for Future Businesses

1.30pmTraining Initiatives Initiatives underway to address current & future harvesting skills shortages
Paul Burridge, Export Manager, Summit Forests & Chair of FOA/FFA Training & Careers Committee - Moderator
1.35pmThe future of work
Samantha McNaughton, National Manager, Strategic Engagement, Competenz
1.45pmEast Coast’s new Generation Programme
Kim Holland, CE, Eastland Wood Council
1.55pmToi Ohomai – harvesting and wood transport training initiatives
Richard Stringfellow, Programme Manager, Forest Operations, Toi Ohomai
2.05pmThe Otago/Southland Logging Training School
Mike Hurring, Director, Mike Hurring Ltd
2.15pmLessons from Finland and Sweden. Opportunities for training & recruitment for the local industry.
Ian Wilson, Director – Operations, ForestPHD
2.25pmBest Practice and Lessons from other Industries. Key pointers for attracting talented young people into the primary sectors.
Dr Michelle Glogau, Chief Executive, Primary Industry Capability Alliance
2.35pmPanel Discussion: Recruitment & Training - Retaining and attracting the right people. With changing skill sets required in the forest, just what does the industry need to do to better engage with younger people? Novel approaches to finding, hiring, training and retaining the next generation of talent.

SESSION 6: Harvesting R&D – Programmes, Priorities and Future Research

2.55pmForestry Automation – on the hill, on the truck and in the processing yard. Details on the major FGR research programme underway
Keith Raymond, Harvesting Programme Leader, Forest Growers Research
3.15pmConference Finishes

Event Sponsors & Supporters

Premium Sponsors
AB Equipment / Tigercat
Gough Cat
McFall Fuel
John Deer
Event Sponsors

Finance New Zealand
Mobile Mentor
Firestorm New Zealand Ltd
Komatsu Forests
Shaw's Wire Ropes
Foxx Tyres
Mercedes-Benz Trucks | Freightliner
Woodsman Pro
Eagle Technology
Duxson / Donaldson Mechanical
DC Equipment
ATL (Applied Teleoperation)
SouthStar Equipment
Trimble Forestry
Lubricants NZ
Dr Diesel
Porter Group
Boss Attachments
Chainsaw & Outdoor Power Ltd (OREGON)
Electrical and Machinery Services Ltd - EMS

FIEA Partners

Key Knife / Braford Industries
Lewis Controls
Eagle Technology
Atlas Integral
Trimble Forestry
NZ Logger
Mobile Mentor

Media Partners

NZ Logger
Friday Offcuts

Event Supporters

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,

Contact Sponsorship Manager


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.

Hotel Venue Car parking

The outside of the conference venue is booked out with a large number of exhibits of new wood harvesting equipment on display. This will mean that the Distinction Rotorua hotel carpark will be full for both Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 27 June.

Parking in the hotel carpark won’t be permitted over these two days. So, if staying at the hotel or travelling by vehicle to the event, parking will need to be made out on the road around the hotel.

Special accommodation rates (incl. GST):

  • Superior Rooms: $170 per room/night
  • Deluxe Rooms: $190 per room/night
  • Junior Suites: $230 per room/night
  • Executive Suites: $250 per room/night

All accommodation rates are based on single, double or twin share occupancy.

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Registration Rates

Early-Bird Rate

(ends 17 May 2019)

$890 + GST per person


Group (3-5) Rate

(3 to 5 attendees)

$795 + GST per person


Group (6+) Rate

(min 6 attendees)

$590 + GST per person


Supporters Rate

(with discount code)

$890 + GST per person


Standard Rate

(from 18 May 2019)

$990 + GST per person


Please Note

  • All prices exclude 15% GST.
  • 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 Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to credit card transactions.
  • The Association Rate is available to all Supporting Association Members listed. A discount code is required and can be obtained by contacting your Association directly.
  • To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. 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 made on or before Friday 24 May 2019, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferable. 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.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.

Contact Us

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

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