26 May 2016

Rotorua, New Zealand

2017 Conference

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Changing Perceptions 2017 Conference

The Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction 2016 conference will showcase the use of engineered timber internationally as well as explore changes in timber use in New Zealand. The value of wood will be explored from different angles, including both emotive and economic responses to engineered timber buildings.

International speakers from Australia, Canada and the UK will share their experiences and learnings from overseas. Topics will include architectural, engineering and construction aspects of engineered timber buildings. This event is being hosted by a collaboration of local, regional and central government organisations (Grow Rotorua, Bay of Connections, Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for Business Innovation & Employment) with support from Waiariki Institute of Technology, Scion and the Timber Design Society.



The objective of this conference is to raise awareness of the value and values of using engineered wood products (EWPs) as a construction material by showcasing local and international experiences.

In 2012 MPI set an ambitious goal of doubling the value of primary sector exports by 2025. Forestry and wood products are New Zealand’s third largest export earner, yet around 50% of our logs are sent offshore unprocessed. By encouraging more engineered timber construction the opportunity exists to convert more logs to EWPs onshore creating jobs and regional economic development.

The Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction 2016 conference will encourage collaboration amongst engineers, quantity surveyors, architects and developers and will raise awareness of them the breadth and depth of knowledge locally and internationally around engineered timber construction.

It will promote wood as a structural product that can be used in multi-storey, residential and commercial/industrial buildings not typically associated with timber in New Zealand. We have seen the benefits of doing this at a local level in Rotorua with the recent build of new ACC offices using CLT (cross-laminated timber). Other examples exist in New Zealand and more extensively overseas, and this event is an opportunity to extend the thinking to a wider NZ audience.

Thursday 26 May 2016

60 NZRAB CPD Points
10 ADNZ CPD Points

Sponsors will have display booths available during the day. Delegates are welcome to visit these throughout the conference.
Session 1 : Setting the ScenePresenters
8:00amOpening / Karakia
8:10amWelcomeHon Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister for Primary Industries
8:20amIntroductionFrancis Pauwels, CEO, Grow Rotorua
8:30amEWP Acronyms Buster and International Construction ExamplesAndrea Stocchero, Scion
9:00amA History of Timber Structures in New ZealandDaniel Scheibmair, Timber Design Society
9:20amKEYNOTE SPEAKER: The Canadian ExperienceSukh Johal, Wood WORKS BC, Canada
10:00amMorning Tea
Session 2: "Values" of Wood - the emotive response to wooden buildings
10:30amWood - Housing, Health and HumanityDavid Rowlinson, Planet Ark, Australia
10:50amEngineered timber- actual projects and tactics to enable themDylan Brady, dB(A), Australia
11:30amClient Values - Why Wood?James Whetter, Jasmax
Session 3: "Value" of Wood - the economic response to wooden buildings
1:00pmTimber Project Case StudiesAndrew Dunn, CEO, TDA, Australia
1:40pmUK Construction - Growing with TimberNic Clark, KLH (UK), United Kingdom
2:10pmThe "$ and ¢" of PrefabricationJason Cordes, Northern Frame & Prefab
2:30pmAfternoon Tea
Session 4: Making It Happen
3:00pmArchitectural Learnings and LessonsPhillip Howard, Pacific Environment NZ
3:30pmEngineering Learnigs and LessonsMichael Newcombe, Kirk Roberts
4:00pmBuild Learnings and LessonsThomas Kaestner, Contract Construction
4:30pmWrap-Up and FinishSukh Johal, Wood WORKS BC, Canada
5:00 to 7:00pmCocktail Function and Networking

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Waiariki Institute of Technology Mokoia Campus, Rotorua

G Block Lecture Theatre, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Mokoia Campus
Mokoia Drive, Tihiotonga, Rotorua

The main conference sessions will be held in the G Block lecture theatre, and the sponsor trade displays will be in adjoining rooms. The cocktail function in the evening will be held in the National Centre of Excellence for the Forest and Wood Industry (O Block).

Parking will be available on a neighbouring site. Further details will be available closer to the date.

Additional Meetings

Wood Innovations 2016

24-25 May 2016, Distinction Hotel Rotorua
This technology series provides a timely insight into new and emerging timber preservative formulations, innovative wood treatment processes, changing standards, international developments and issues impacting on local operations along with opportunities for growth. Alternate wood products to timber treated with wood preservatives are increasingly making themselves known in the marketplace.
Wood Innovations 2016 is going to provide an essential update on this rapidly growing market. The scope for expansion for existing wood producers or new businesses is considerable.
For more information, visit the Wood Innovations website.


The Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood engineering to be a part of the future of timber use in New Zealand construction. Exhibition spaces will be made available to sponsors of this conference. These booths will provide a unique platform for promoting your products and services to the industry.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact Tahlia Hopkins: Tahlia Hopkins, Events Coordinator, 07 921 1382, tahlia.hopkins@connexevents.com.

About Connex

CONNEX professional event organisers are based in both Rotorua and Dunedin, New Zealand. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than 10 years.

CONNEX is a division of Innovatek Limited, an innovative technology and events management company.

We have organised and run more than 300 events throughout New Zealand, Australia & USA. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than a decade.


Event Organiser

CONNEX: Event Innovators
(+64) 7 921 1383

Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Event Host

Grow Rotorua Limited
(+64) 7 351 7065

C/- 2-8 Marguerita Street
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand