15-16 June 2021, Rotorua, New Zealand

Do you and/or your colleagues want to learn how New Zealand forestry fits into wider carbon markets?

  • This programme will appeal to anyone seeking opportunities in planting, investing and/or carbon emissions offsetting.
  • The event will attract policymakers, project facilitators and international entities looking to New Zealand's emissions trading scheme for benchmarking.

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What is Carbon Forestry 2021?

Our popular Carbon Forestry Conference is back for 2021.  Change is afoot with legislation for climate change and emissions trading.  Business leaders need to keep informed of these changes as carbon farming investment opportunities continue to expand. Interest in carbon farming is strong among investors, emitters and a range of landowners.

This informative conference is organised by long-time industry conference partners, Innovatek, in collaboration with Government and investment groups. We are offering pertinent pre-conference and post-conference practical workshops to add further professional development opportunities.

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Topics covered:
  • Session 1: Setting the Scene and “the mechanics”
  • Session 2: Who’s Involved – Demand-side and What’s Happening
  • Session 3: Who’s Involved – Supply-side and Case Studies
  • Session 4: What’s Next and What Might Prove Challenging?
  • Panel Session: Future Carbon Landscape – How May Carbon Forestry Play Out Longer Term?
Who Attends?

For over 22 years Innovatek conferences have attracted professionals in the forestry, wood and carbon farming industries from across New Zealand, Australia, North and South America and Europe.  Our extensive international conference networks draw business leaders to attend for the latest updates in technology, business and commercial trends for forest management and wood products and processes.

For our Carbon Forestry conference series we attract people across:

  • Forest Managers
  • Forest Investors
  • Farm, Iwi and Land Managers
  • Consulting Foresters
  • Iwi Groups and Organisations
  • Accountants and Investment Managers
  • Legal and Financial Professionals
  • Landowners and Farm Foresters
  • Large Carbon Emitters
  • Policymakers
  • University / Education and R&D Institutions

Carbon Forestry 2021 Programme

15-16 June 2021, Rotorua, New Zealand

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Timezone: NZDT
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Evening icebreaker session

Pre-conference registration opens with drinks, canapes and networking


Wednesday 16 June 2021

Timezone: NZDT


Breakfast Session with MPI (sold out)

Speaker to be confirmed


Conference Registrations Open


Welcome & Introduction


Session 1: Setting the scene and "The mechanics"


KEYNOTE: The Big Picture

The Climate Change Commission; what we’re doing and what we’re seeing; the role of forestry

Dr Rod Carr, Chairperson, Climate Change Commission


The Evolution of the Market

Nigel Brunel, Director of Institutional Commodities, Jarden


The Forestry ETS: Now and the Immediate Future

A quick primer on how the forestry ETS operates; key settings; the regulator’s responsibilities; possible changes and modifications.

Oliver Hendrickson, Director Forestry and Land Management, Te Uru Rākau


Coffee break & Networking

Session 2: Who's involved - Demand-side and what's happening

What do carbon buyers want?

Local and international trends in demand for carbon units.

Matt Walsh, Managing Director, New Zealand Carbon Farming


Commercial Conservation Carbon Forestry at Scale

The role of conservation carbon forestry and how it can work

Dr Sean Weaver, CEO, EKOS


Banking on Carbon Forestry

An agricultural bank's view on the role of carbon farming in future NZ farming systems.

Blake Holgate,  NZ Animal Proteins & Sustainability Analyst, Rabobank


Lunch & Networking

Session 3: Who's involved - supply-side

Carbon Forestry on Farms

Rewards, risks and making it happen.  A view from the Farm Gate.

Jamie Falloon, Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farmer & Farm Forester


Hawke's Bay - Taking a Regional View and Looking at Wider Environmental Benefits

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s take on carbon forestry and what the Council is doing

James Palmer, CEO, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council


PANEL SESSION: Future Carbon Landscape

How carbon forestry may play out longer term


Coffee break & Networking

Session 4: what's next and what might prove challenging?

Some Thoughts on the Next Developments in Funding Models for Carbon Forestry

The future direction of carbon forestry in New Zealand and how things may change.

Dean Spicer, Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ


The Risks - What Could Possibly Go Wrong and How To Mitigate Some of the (Less Obvious) Risks

Making good policy involves a process from the breadth of the wider world, down to a decision.  In other words, broader strategy provides the framework for narrow finance.  Always.  When it doesn't, we can rationalise bankruptcy and vicious feedbacks that we haven't even bothered to imagine, let alone consider.

Chris Perley, Consultant and Principal, Thoughtscapes


How Can We Make This Happen? Where To From Here?

Summing up and/or a forward look from an industry watcher and commentator.

Rod Oram, Commentator


Final networking session


Conference Concludes


Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua | Tel: +64 07 349 5200 | Visit website

With its beautiful garden setting, the affordable Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities that Rotorua has to offer.

Distinction Rotorua is located just minutes from the city centre and offers guests a range of mountain bike facilities including bike hire and a wash down facility as well as a purpose built, individual locker bike storage unit, FREE unlimited WiFi and complimentary guest car parking making the hotel a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area.



Standard Rate$1,095 + GST

Standard rate from 1 May 2021. Access to on-demand event video post-event. Rates are per person.

Group Rate (3+)$795 + GST

A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Access to on-demand event video post-event. Rates are per person.

Virtual Online (International Only)$745 + GST

Rate is per person. Available for international attendees only. Access to live and on-demand event stream for a limited time.

Registration Details
  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference
  • Virtual Online registrations can be booked. This will enable those currently constrained by travel or budget restrictions to attend the conference remotely. This also ensures online attendance by Australian and other international companies.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • Supporting Association Member discounts apply. Please contact your association directly for the discount code.
  • For Super EarlyBird and EarlyBird Rates, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the dates listed above.
  • Your Conference Registration payment, if attending the event in Rotorua, covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, workshops, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and on-demand recorded presentations.
  • For Virtual Online registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference presentations, access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and links to all recorded presentations.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual on-line event that would be set up by the organisers. No refunds will be given.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 19 February 2021, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after 19 February 2021 are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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Since 1998, Innovatek Ltd has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

Innovatek Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

Innovatek Ltd
Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

PO Box 1230,
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

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