New Zealand’s first ever forestry expo event, the Fast & Forward Forestry Expo, is coming to Rotorua from 18-19 November 2022. The expo will bring forestry to the rest of New Zealand, showcasing innovation and advancements, career opportunities and the contribution forestry makes to the New Zealand economy, while also providing a chance for industry to come together.
Brought to you by the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), the Fast and Forward Forestry Expo is all about showcasing where forestry is today and where it’s heading.
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) states that Forestry is an important industry for New Zealand, contributing an annual gross income of around $6.7 billion which makes up about 1.6% of New Zealand's GDP (Gross Domestic Product). It employs around 35,000 people in wood production, processing, and the commercial sector and wood products are New Zealand's third-largest export earner, behind dairy and meat.
FICA CEO Prue Younger says “Forestry has come a long way from chainsaws and pulling logs by horse. It’s time to celebrate and showcase forestry innovations and advances, to the industry as well as the wider NZ public.”
“Let’s come together and feel proud of where forestry is today, while also looking at future development opportunities.”
The Expo will feature a range of trade stands showcasing all things forestry, from heaving machinery, equipment, technology, safety gear, new advancements and innovations, to science, forestry support services, careers and more.
Entertainment will include demos and logging challenges, children’s circus and entertainers, food and beverage vendors. An industry dinner is also taking place at the Energy Events Centre on Friday 18 November, as part of the wider event. It will include a Charity Auction to support funding further tools for the industry to manage mental health matters.
The Fast and Forward Forestry Expo is happening at the Rotorua Racecourse on Friday 18 November (9am-5pm) and Saturday 19 November (9am-3pm). Koha entry at the gate. All welcome. Click here for more info.
For more information contact Prue Younger, FICA CEO.
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