Rural Fire – Interagency Cooperation


27-30 July 2016

Masterton, NZ


Conference 2016

Join us for the Forest and Rural Fire Association NZ’s Annual General Meeting and Conference. Hear from international keynote speakers and a wide range of national experts in two days of stimulating, interesting and though provoking conference sessions.

We will also be hosting an invaluable field trip on the third and final day.

 27-30 July 2016

 Masterton, New Zealand


27 July 2016

Scion Workshop

28 July 2016

Conference Day 1
Conference Dinner

29 July 2016

Conference Day 2

30 July 2016

Field Trip

Conference Sponsors



Rural Fire – Interagency Cooperation

Wednesday 27 July
1:00 pm -
4:00 pm
Fire as a Land Management Tool WorkshopScion
Download Flyer
5:30 pmConference Registrations Open
6:00 pmMeet & Greet Function
Thursday 28 July: Conference Day 1
8:00 amRegistration
8:30 amFRFANZ Annual General Meeting
9:00 amTea BreakExhibition Hall
9:30 amWelcomeChair Kevin Ihaka, FRFANZ
9:35 amOfficial OpeningMayor
9:45 amMinister of Internal AffairsHonourable Peter Dunne
10:15 amFire Service CommissionHonourable Paul Swain
10:45 amFire Service CEOPaul Baxter
11:15 amNational Rural Fire OfficerKevin O'Connor
11:45 amSponsors UpdatesPowerco
12:00 pmLunch - Kindly sponsored by PowercoExhibition Hall
12:45 pmReview Update and Question TimeTransition Team
1:45 pmForest Owners Association
2:15 pmVolunteer Forum Issues - Panel DiscussionCommission, NRFO, Minister
3:00 pmTea BreakExhibition Hall
3:30 pmSponsors Updates
3:45 pmKeynote PresentationEuan Fergusson
4:30 pmAmbulance
5:00 pmClose of Conference Day 1
Conference Dinner
6:00 pmPre Dinner DrinksExhibition Hall
7:30 pmConference Dinner
Friday 29 July: Conference Day 2
8:30 amExhibitors Presentations
8:45 amNZ Fire Fighters Welfare Society
9:00 amNZ Fire Fighters Credit Union
9:15 amKeynote PresentationRuth Ryan, Hancock Victoria Plantations
10:00 amTea BreakExhibition Hall
10:30 amKeynote PresentationEuan Fergusson
11:15 amPanel Discussion with Keynote Speakers
12:00 pmLunchExhibition Hall
12:45 pmNZ Federated Farmers
1:30 pmPolice
2:15 pmScion Science and Research Update
3:00 pmTea BreakExhibition Hall
3:30 pmMinistry of Civil Defence Emergency ManagementIan Wilson
4:15 pmClose of Conference Day 2
Saturday 30 July: Field Trip

Download full program below
8:15 amBuses leave Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park
Note: Morning Tea and Lunch are catered for
2:45 pmOfficial Finish of Field Trip
Buses will arrive at Wellington Airport to drop off anyone that needs to catch flights
For those with later flights, there is an options to stay in Wellington City and visit the Weta Cave & Workshop.
One bus may return to Masterton, depending on numbers.
5:00 pmBuses arrive Wellington Airport for second drop off and then return to Masterton.
6:45 pmBuses arrive Masterton

Download Conference Program
Download Workshop Flyer
Download Field Trip Program


Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park, Masterton

Nestled amid the native bush, vineyards, mountains, beaches and rural grasslands of the vibrant Wairarapa region is a place where a unique experience awaits … enjoy a true escape at one of Wairarapa’s most luxurious hotels.

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped parklands, native bush and fragrant gardens, on the outskirts of Masterton, Wairarapa’s largest town.

Accommodation Rates:

  • $129 per room per night
  • $149 per room per night with breakfast

Please quote the following group booking number: 68844

  (+64) 6 370 0500 or 0800 SOLWAY (0800 765 929)
  Copthorne Hotel Website

Accommodation Form

Getting There

Arriving Wellington Airport

For those renting a car, the drive from Wellington Airport to Masterton is approximately 1hr 45mins, and full of New Zealand’s beautiful scenery.

The Airport Flyer Bus Route 91 departs from Wellington Airport every 20 minutes from the southern end of the airport terminal, on Level 0. The ticket cost for the trip from Wellington Airport to Wellington Station is $8.00 per adult. For more information visit:
There are trains that go from Wellington Station through to Masterton every day. Taking the Wairarapa Line (WRL) from Wellington to Masterton will be approximately 1hr 45mins, and tickets are $18.00 per adult one way. To see the train timetable, visit:

Departing Wellington Airport

The Field Trip will have two buses leaving the venue in Masterton on the morning of Saturday 30 July. Both buses will be stopping at the Wellington Airport at 2:45pm to drop off anyone flying out in the afternoon.

Depending on numbers, one bus will then return to Masterton, while the other will take those who are interested to visit Weta Cave. If two buses are required to stay in Wellington, other arrangements will be made for those that wish to return to Masterton at this point.

After the Weta Cave visit, the bus/es will then return to Wellington Airport by 5:00pm, before heading back to Masterton.

Registration Rates

Scion Workshop


Afternoon tea will be catered



+ GSTPer Person
UNTIL 30 JUNE 2017

Conference Dinner


+ GSTPer Person

Field Trip


+ GSTPer Person


Weta Cave is additional $30 +GST


Click here to read our full terms and conditions.

About Us

FRFANZ is a national association that represents people and organisations concerned with fire and fire protection in the forests and rural areas of New Zealand. Responsibility for fires in these areas lies with the Rural Fire Authorities (RFA); there are 86 RFA’s covering 97% of the land area of NZ. The remaining 3% is urban fire district area for which the New Zealand Fire Service, a national organisation, is responsible.

The National Rural Fire Authority is tasked with the co-ordination of the RFA’s at a national level. However, delivery of rural fire protection and suppression of wildland fires remains with the rural fire services that are funded and overseen by RFA’s. RFA’s can be territorial local authorities, statutory committees, government departments and military. Therefore, the rural fire services are much more diverse that the urban fire service.

FRFANZ’s role is to develop and provide communication links between all those involved in rural fire from the firefighters to national administrators.

The Association meets its role in many ways, including holding annual conferences with overseas speakers, promoting rural fire competitions, sharing information, lobbying, assisting with the publication of research reports, and providing service honours to firefighters.


Event Organiser

CONNEX: Event Innovators
  (+64) 7 921 1382

Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand


Forest & Rural Fire Association of NZ

PO Box 3578
Richmond 7050, New Zealand