Safetree Conference: Growing our Culture

Thursday 16 June 2022, Millennium Hotel, Queenstown


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’s time to shift to the next level of thinking and to take our people with us. 

We see leadership and communication as the essential skills to make a significant change in performance. These skills assist greatly in developing functional relationships in teams and across the supply chain, ultimately improving both business and health and safety outcomes. 

This year our speakers will give you a different take on these skills and our industry participants will tell you how engaging with their people and developing these skills has changed their businesses for the better. 


We welcome anyone associated to our industry to attend this day and also highlight that this conference day leads onto the FICA Conference in Queenstown over the following two days so check that programme out here.

Please note that to comply with the Framework set by government, Millennium Hotels and Resorts will be requiring vaccine certificates for anyone to be on the hotel premises (including restaurants, bars, meeting spaces, swimming and spa pools, spa facilities and gyms) from that date. Delegates with exemption, will still require an official “My Vaccine Pass” stating their exemption status.


Persons who do not have a valid My Vaccine Pass will be asked to leave the hotel premises immediately.

At all times advice from the Ministry of Health will guide the terms and conditions of the conference.

Format will be key note speakers in the morning:


Keynote speaker – Nigel Latta
Safe and Healthy: The psychology of effective workplace practices


VIP Speaker – Callum McKirdy


Dual Workshops 

Lance Burdett, Shelly Davies,

Alicia McKay

The conference brings 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 during the breaks. Network opportunities will present throughout the day and conference will finish with a cocktail hour and dinner.


16 June, Thursday - Trade Displays, Conference, Cocktail hour and Dinner

  • 8.00am Registrations open

  • 8.30am Conference Welcome

  • 9.00am VIP speaker – Callum McKirdy – Topic: Leading Culture by stepping into your leadership role:

Callum McKirdy is a speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace dynamics and behaviour.


With a successful 20-year career assisting leaders and teams to develop radically authentic workplaces by leveraging their uniqueness across Australasia.

Proudly dyslexic and ADHD-positive, Callum champions organisations to think differently about different thinking, and views neurodivergent people as the innovative super-workforce of the future. Callum speaks at industry conferences, facilitates high-impact workshops, trains teams, and mentors professionals who are looking to reconnect people with purpose in their workplaces.

  • 9.50am  Perspectives from the Industry (Panel)

  • 10.50am Morning Tea in Trade Area 

  • 11.15am Keynote speaker Nigel Latta:

Nigel has worked for over two decades as a clinical psychologist, and more recently as an author and documentary maker.


In his clinical career he worked in sex offender programmes, schools, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, prisons, and with many thousands of families. He also consulted with the police, child youth and family, and the prison service.


In more recent years he’s written books on parenting and his work as forensic psychologist which have now been published in nineteen countries. His television career has included documentaries on subjects ranging from parenting, to inequality, sugar, alcohol, Antarctic science, the psychology of money and most recently a series on neuroscience. In 2012 he was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

  • 12.30pm Lunch in Trade Area


Lance Burdett

  • 1.30pm Lance Burdett

Following a successful career as a construction manager, Lance Burdett spent 22 years as a cop, 13 of those as a crisis negotiator.


With plenty of practical experience and academic qualifications, Lance published two bestselling books – Behind The Tape and Dark Side of the Brain and makes regular media appearances. He brings together experience from training in New Zealand, Australia, England and the USA with the elite units of police, prisons, emergency services, the military, and the FBI.


His programmes are grounded in neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology.

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Shelly Davies

  • 2.10pm Shelly Davies

Shelly stands as one of New Zealand’s go-to deliverers of business and technical writing training.  With a rockin' brand, weird photos, and 2 generations of offspring, (WTF!), has been teaching business people how to be more concise, more effective, and more efficient in their communications for 9 years, and winning awards along the way! 


Shelly does words!!!  Words for scientists, engineers, tech-geeks, and even numpties like the rest of us.  If you need to use words to transmit information and you want to do it quickly and effectively, she's your girl.  But boy, those engineers and government departments don’t realise what they’re going to get once Shelly’s in the room.


What they get is a lot of UNTRAINING – undoing all of the bad habits they picked up at university and through their careers.  With hashtags like #writelikeahuman and #authenticitywins, Shelly encourages research-based approaches to writing in more authentic ways, with a natural voice that increases confidence and trust.


Alicia McKay

  • 3.30pm Alicia McKay


Alicia McKay is New Zealand’s straight talking strategist. With no buzzwords, and no bullshit,


Alicia supports teams and leaders to think differently about change, strategy and the future. Author of two books and co-host of popular What’s On Your Mind? Podcast, Alicia reaches global audiences with her frank, fresh approach to making decisions and getting shit done.


  • 4.10pm Q & A’s

  • 4.15pm End of day

  • 4.15pm Trade Displays

  • 5.00pm Cocktail hour

  • 6.00pm Dinner


Hotel Options - this is your own responsibility and cost

Millennium Hotel 

32 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Ph: 03 450 0150


Discount group code: FICA22

Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St Queenstown New Zealand 9300

T. +64 3 450 0260

Trade Displays Available

We have 12 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 16 June 8.30am – 5.00pm & Friday 17 June 8.30am - 12pm

  • The stand includes:

  • 2m x 2m floor space

  • Trestle table & black cloth

  • 2 chairs

  • Logo & contact details in Conference Handbook

  • Happy hour drinks Thursday 16 June 5.00pm – 6.00pm


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


Please contact us by email to confirm your space TODAY

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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


Morning Tea Thursday 16 June:  $750 + GST 

Lunch Thursday 16 June: $1000 + GST 

Afternoon Tea Thursday 16 June: $750 + GST

Happy hour drinks Thursday 16 June: 5.00pm – 6.00pm:  $2000 + GST

Dinner & Guest Speaker Thursday 16 June: 6.00pm – 10:30pm: $3000 + GST 


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


Registration Information

Registrations NOW OPEN, Register Below

Partner Registration (Happy Hour and Welcome Dinner ONLY) – Single $100 +GST

​Full Registration package – Single $300 +GST

We are pleased to announce that we are keeping all registrations for the Safetree Conference at a single low price.

Registration includes:

  • Conference all day Thursday at the Millennium Hotel

  • Guest speakers and workshops

  • All catering – morning & afternoon teas & lunch

  • Access to the Trade Displays

  • Happy Hour – complimentary drinks

  • Dinner and Dinner Speaker Thursday night

Safetree Registration


Choose your preferred payment method below.

Credit Card payments are processed using Paypal and will incur an additional 3.4%.

If you are wanting to attend the FICA Conference on the 17 & 18 June then you will need to register separately by clicking this link: Register for FICA Conference


This will take you to the FICA Conference information page, where you will be able to register for the FICA Conference event.

Registrations close by 31 March 2022

Late Registration Fee 15% additional to advertised prices

Please complete registration form and payment by 31March 2022

Cancellation Policy: 

 - 50% refund before 15 April

 - 25% refund up to 01 May

 - NO REFUND post 15 May

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