Tuesday, 29 March 2016
New Zealand Field Trip March 2016
Insights from four day field trip in New Zealand's North Island
CEO of FSC Australia/New Zealand Adam Beaumont and New Zealand Business Development Consultant Cyrielle Durand met with key stakeholders throughout the Central North Island of New Zealand from March 15th to 18th. They gathered fundamental insights from the field and had the opportunity to talk about the development of FSC in front of essential stakeholders. A short summary of their activities is below, and if you have further questions or would like to meet with Cyrielle you can contact her via email: c.durand at nz.fsc point org
Trip Summary Key Insights
Day 1: FISC meeting and presentation at the NZIA
In the FSC NZ office in Auckland, we met with 10 representatives of the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) board. We discussed the ways to work together towards zero fatalities and serious harm in the forestry sector. FISC is the first true tri-partite industry lead body in New Zealand with the mandate to work in collaboration across the full plantation forestry sector, representing one voice in health and safety.
In the afternoon we were invited by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) to give presentation about FSC standards and opportunities for specification in NZ. Sustainability is a growing topic in the NZ construction sector. However, few people use FSC material or know they are using it. Registered architects and students came to learn more about FSC, the benefits of timber and why the use of certified timber is fundamental in a context of global warming and poor management of resources.
DAY 2: ForestWood conference
Jointly hosted by Forest Owners Association (FOA), Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) and Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), ForestWood invited politicians and industry leaders to elaborate on how they plan to make New Zealand forests and wood industry more successful in a highly competitive International marketplace. This year’s presentations covered the international wood trade, legality, certification, technology, investment and traceability. Both Ben Gunneberg for PEFC and Adam Beaumont for FSC had a chance to explain the certification schemes of their respective organisations on a panel. We were glad to see so many FSC Forest Managers, Processors and members attending the event.
DAY 3: Wingspan Timberland’s Tour
Guided by Colin Maunder, chair of the NZ FSC Standards Development Group, our 3rd day focused on Timberlands’ plantations and community engagement. We visited Wingspan, the national bird of prey, centre and there we learnt about this leading conservation, education and research organisation, sponsored partly by Kaingaroa Timberlands. We were glad to hear that FSC certified plantations surrounding the centre have proven to be a great nesting place for the threatened NZ falcons, with harvested areas providing amazing hunting spaces.
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to explore some of the great mountain biking tracks in the Whaka Forest, an initiative by Timberlands to create recreation areas for the community, which are now used for international contests.
DAY 4: NZ Forest Manager’s Tour
On our last day, George Asher and Geoff Thorp, CEO and Director of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, took us through Lake Taupo and Lake Rotoaira Forests (managed by NZ Forest Manager Ltd). It was great to see how involved they are in Maori communities’ rights over their lands and the respect of environment beyond FSC requirements, such as the Whio protection project in the Waimarino River.
We finished this positive week by meeting with Will Samuel, who works at the Taupo District Council. Will showed us many of the different uses of timber in Taupo’s public buildings. It was evident that the timber structures were bringing a beautiful and local identity to the District Council. The success of these building has left the Council open to discussing use of timber wherever possible with architects for future public projects.