Safetree Conference: Connect for Success

19 & 20 November 2020, TSB Auditorium (Shed 6), Wellington

FISC and FICA are again proud to partner to support the success of our forestry companies and the health and wellbeing of our foresters.

It is becoming more and more obvious that successful work is about more than just best safety practices. It’s also influenced by the health and wellbeing of workers, the work environment and how well external pressures to achieve productivity are managed. This conference will address those issues and offer tangible ideas on how they can be managed.

The presentations and workshops are relevant to a broad range of people, from CEOs to frontline workers, members and non-members of FICA and general industry participants. The speakers in the morning will talk about health and safety from a leadership and successful work perspective, offering real examples of how these can be put into practice. The afternoon workshops are about lifting capability, so attendees will come away with some new tools and skills to use.


There are 2 payment options available for this event. Selecting payment by credit card will redirect you to PayPal where you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account.

Format will be key note speakers in the morning:

Keynote speaker - Dr Lance O'Sullivan

David Langford, Group Manager Infrastructure & Assets (New Plymouth District Council)

Duayne Cloke, Senior Manager Critical Risk, Waka Kotahi (NZTA)

Technical Advisory Groups Discussion Panel

Jeff Fleury, NZTA & RTA



Dual Workshops 

The People Interpreter - Allison Mooney

Negotiation Skills – The Learning Wave : David Duff

Attendees will be able to attend both workshops as we will run 2 sessions

The conference will bring a number of key speakers with solutions and tools to reduce these challenges that are faced every day.

There will be opportunity for delegates to check out products and equipment at the Trade Display area both on the 19 & 20 November. Get together on the first night Thursday 19 November and network before the conference with a Welcome Dinner and dinner speaker before we break into the conference and guest speakers the next day. 


19 November, Thursday - Trade Stands and Welcome Dinner

  • 1.00pm: Trade Stands Open – 10 stands

  • 3.00pm: Afternoon Tea

  • 5.15pm – 6.15pm: Happy Hour

  • 6.30pm: FICA Dinner at TSB Auditorium (Shed 6)

  • 8.30pm: After-dinner Speaker sponsored by SHAWS

  • 10.00pm: End of Evening

20 November, Friday - Conference Day 


  • 8.30am: Registration​

  • 9.00am: Conference Welcome

  • 9.15am: Keynote Speaker – Dr Lance O’Sullivan - Topic: How does smart healthcare create a safe work environment in the bush

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is an accomplished author, national and international speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator.  From a young boy labelled by society as a troublemaker, Lance developed into a passionate advocate for Māori health.  He is a pioneer for equal health care in his community and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand. In June 2012 Lance made the headlines when he left his former employer after a difference in patient philosophy – he believed in treating patients regardless of whether or not they could afford treatment.  He left disillusioned with a system that failed to deliver the care needed for his patients and vowed to change the system for the better.

Now ensconced in the Far North of New Zealand, Lance has set about making this happen.  Harnessing the skills he acquired from his cultural heritage and medical training, he and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company committed to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reached the right people in the right place at the right time. Lance and Tracy, have seven beautiful children (5 boys and 2 girls). 

They live and work in Kaitaia, a remote and challenged area of rural New Zealand.  Lance truly believes that he has led a charmed life and even now reflects on this…“I used to feel that I should pinch myself to see if how life had played out for me was real or a dream”. Lance founded The MOKO Foundation, inspired by the opportunities that he himself had experienced in life and which allowed him to grow and develop into a well-educated, well-rounded, family man and community leader.

Today, as the Chair of The MOKO Foundation, Lance is truly passionate about and devoted to connecting people with opportunities for a better Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • 10.00am:​ David Langford Group Manager Infrastructure & Assets (New Plymouth District Council) – Topic: Supply Chain leadership in practise

Like many organisations, New Plymouth District Council relied on the Lowest Price Conforming model when tendering for work. But in 2017 with a new Head of Infrastructure and CEO in place, it knew something was broken and a new approach to procurement was needed. The Council had a vision to become a supply chain leader, where its role was to coach, mentor, lead and inspire its contractors. Their aim was to develop a culture where their staff are not just good at planning and execution but are prepared to challenge the status quo, be a bit curious, push the boundaries and do some innovative stuff.


  • 10.40am: Morning Tea in Trade Area

  • 11.00 am: FISC Technical Advisory Group Discussion Panel

  • 11.20 am: Duayne Cloke, Senior Manager Critical Risk, Waka Kotahi (NZTA)

Duayne will talk about flipping the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM) on its head, moving to a risk-based control tool kit and developing new learning pathways for TTM training

  • 11.45am: Jeff Fleury, NZTA & RTA Expert - Topic: Be Professional Get Home Safely

Jeff officially works for the NZTA and the Roll over Prevention Safer Journey Programme is being done in conjunction with the RTA.

Jeff has taken this journey with 6000 attendees and at 190 meetings since starting in March 2016. Not only does this tell you that this program has had great support, but a significant attendance from the log transport sector and forest owners/managers. From the top of the north island to the bottom of the south and from a couple of dozen drivers through to a record 227 in Gisborne, Transport Agency Heavy Vehicle Specialist Jeff Fleury has presented every workshop. His ongoing enthusiasm and dedication to help improve driver safety is great to see and with overwhelmingly positive, showing he has hit the mark with industry.

  • 12.30pm: Lunch in Trade Area. Sponsor Te Uru Rakau

  • 1.15pm: Workshops (Choice of two)

The People Interpreter – Allison Mooney

Regardless of what organisation we are in, we all deal with people. Transformation occurs when we respect and celebrate each other’s differences.

You will come away from this session with a very effective but simple tool that will change the way you see others, and wished many years ago that you had learned how to “Press the Right Buttons” thus avoiding people challenges.

Allie is a fun, entertaining speaker but most important she has a message that is informative and life changing and she speaks not only to the intellectual mind, but to the heart also.

Negotiation Skills - Learning Wave

In life, we are all involved in negotiating in many different situations. Whether you are negotiating a simple solution between two people or negotiating a business deal, the fundamental principles of negotiation are the same. This workshop explores these fundamental principles and phases of negotiation. It will cover what skills are required, styles of negotiating, some simple rules of negotiation and touch on potential outcomes of negotiation

  • 2.45pm: Afternoon tea in Trade Area

  • 3.15pm: Workshops

The People Interpreter – Allison Mooney

Negotiation Skills - Learning Wave

  • 4.45 – 5.00pm: Conference ends


Registrations NOW OPEN, Register Below

Where: TSB Auditorium (Shed 6), Wellington

When: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 November, 2020


We are pleased to announce that we are keeping all registrations for the Safetree Conference at the early bird price.

Registration LAST DAY 05 November, 2020 - $250 + GST

We are also offering 1-Day registration Package for Friday Conference Day 20 November, 2020 - $150 + GST

*No refunds for cancellations 2 weeks prior to conference date

Registration includes:

  • Access to the Trade Stands both days

  • Happy Hour - complimentary drinks

  • Dinner and Dinner Speaker Thursday night at Shed 6

  • Conference all day Friday at Shed 6

  • Guest speakers and workshops

  • All catering - morning & afternoon teas & lunch


Hotel Options - this is your own responsibility and cost


2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington 6011

Ph       04 499 9911



153 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011

Ph 04 4961880


Quest on Lambton

120 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6143

Ph 04 931 2999



300 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011

Ph 04 922 2800

Trade Stands Available

We have fifteen places for suppliers and supporters of the industry to promote & showcase their products.


As safety and wellbeing are at the forefront of this conference, your business maybe ideal to get involved.  The area is in a dedicated room alongside the main conference location and will be the meeting area for morning & afternoon teas and lunch.

The open hours are Thursday 19 November 1pm – 5pm and Friday 20 November 8.30am – 3.30pm.

The stand includes:

  • 2.5m x 2m floor space

  • Trestle table & black cloth

  • 2 chairs

  • Logo & contact details in Conference Handbook

  • Happy hour drinks Thursday 19 November 5.30pm – 6.30pm


Cost for Trade Stand:  $550 + GST, includes one registration


Please contact us by email to confirm your space TODAY

Sponsorship Packages Available

We have a few areas that are available for sponsors to get more involved in the conference and take opportunity to promote your business, company and products.

The sponsorship packages include:

  • Signage at event / venue

  • Signage with acknowledgement of sponsor on tables

    • ½ page advert & contact details in Conference Handbook (Thursday sponsorship only)

    • Logo & contact details in Conference Handbook (Friday sponsorship only)


Afternoon Tea Thursday 19 November: $750 + GST 

Happy hour drinks Thursday 19 November 5.30pm – 6.30pm:  $2000 + GST SOLD

Dinner & Guest Speaker Thursday 19 November 5.30pm – 6.30pm: $3000 + GST SOLD


Morning Tea Friday 20 November: $750 + GST  SOLD

Lunch Friday 20 November: $1000 + GST 

Afternoon Tea Friday 20 November: $750 + GST SOLD


Contact Prue Younger to book your sponsorship as soon as possible and discuss further value to your package as negotiable.


Registrations for this event are now closed.

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