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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2016) 61(3): 2
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Dunedin 2016 conference

Chris Goulding

This November issue follows the NZIF conference in August/September and has papers based on presentations to the conference. There is a short report on the AGM, awards and speaker presentations later in the issue. Kent Chalmers, as Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, writes ‘The last word’ with two ‘lightbulb moments’: the industry isn’t in crisis and has some great people, both of which this Editor heartily agrees with. I’d like to suggest that the country still has the opportunity for the sector to ‘reach the dizzying heights that we thought it would in the mid-1990s’, we now have substantial annual harvestable wood (more than 30 million tonnes/year), and WoodCo’s vision of doubling wood product export revenue is eminently achievable, even if no longer by their target date. Stuart Nash of Labour and Winston Peters of NZ First were enthusiastic enough about the New Zealand forest sector to attend the conference in Dunedin, while Michael Woodhouse of National addressed the conference field trip.
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