Calling young harvesting students and operators

29 January 2021

Very rarely do you get anything for free. Here is one offer though. The offer was eagerly picked up by students for the ForestTECH 2020 event that ran in Rotorua, New Zealand in mid-November last year. We were in fact blown away by the number of applicants.

This unique opportunity comes with a free conference registration for two days, refreshments and for those outside of the central North Island of New Zealand, travel and accommodation costs that will be met as well. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has teamed up with the WIDE Trust, a charitable Trust formed in 2018 that supports the development and education in New Zealand’s forestry and wood industry sectors.

So, what’s being offered? To help out younger employees, recent graduates and new entrants into the industry, this new arrangement is going to enable three young employees or students to attend either one of two upcoming major technology events with all major expenses being paid. So, free beer and food as well as the opportunity of learning about new technology, staying abreast with the very latest in research and operating practices, learning about emerging technologies (within and outside our own industry) and networking (with senior management, tech providers and your counterparts from across the country). Now that’s an offer just too good not to look at further.

As we get into a new year, the offer is being made for attendance at this region’s major wood harvesting and log transport event, HarvestTECH 2021, planned for Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April 2021 OR the one-day forest safety and technology event, which will run alongside the wood harvesting event at the same Rotorua venue on 13 April 2021. Details for both events can be found on the event websites, and

Conditions: Applicants for three places to both events are being made available to attend (and travel from within New Zealand and accommodation in Rotorua if applicable) have to be actively employed within the forestry or wood products industries. You’re maybe working out in the bush, acting as a harvest planner or scheduler, involved in forest safety or enrolled in a recognised training scheme, apprenticeship or course. To ensure this package is targeting the right person, the applicants we’re looking for should also be 35 years or younger. Still eligible?

What do I do if interested? Places will be filled on a first in-first served basis, provided the eligibility criteria have been met. So, if keen on picking up one of the three available spaces for the upcoming two-day HarvestTECH 2021 event or one day Forest Safety & Technology event, please make contact with before Friday 12 February 2021.

Note: This same offer is going to be made available to younger industry employees or students for all FIEA run and managed events planned for 2021. Events being planned for next year can be found here. Details will follow.

Photo: VicForests