Building Forum

Saturday 2.15pm

The Building Forum is a platform where experts, industry organisations and members of the public are invited to have solution based discussion around uses of different varieties of timber, the use of natural materials and earth buildings, reducing toxins in building products and how that fits with the building regulations in NZ.

On the panel this year we have Jerome Partington Sustainability Manager + Associate Principal at Jasmax and a leading advocate for Living Buildings, Declare + CORE in Aotearoa; Verena Maeder, 2017 Tradeswoman of the Year, an earth building artisan with 30 years of experience who has carried out over 200 building and restoration projects and helped revise the NZ Earth Building Standards; Ian McCauley TDC Building Assurance Manager 35 years in the construction industry and on the MBIE Code Advisory Panel working group; and Richard Walker who is a consulting chartered professional engineer with 48 years of experience, his work includes being the Engineering NZ representative for the creation of the NZ Earth Building Standards. The Building Forum is hosted by Graeme Scott, cofounder and director of Living Wood Fair and Tiny Lifestyle, natural builder and timber frame joinery tutor, and Living Wood Fair committee member.

Forestry Forum

Sunday 12.30pm

The Forestry Forum is a platform where experts, industry organisations and members of the public are invited to have solution based discussion around production of high value timber, long rotation production, fire control, growing techniques and biodiversity challenges that are facing the Forestry Industry.

In 2018 we had ex-cyclone Gita, in 2019 we had the Pigeon Valley fires and this year there is a shortage of timber for the national market. The Forestry Forum facilitates an open discussion between parties that might not ordinarily meet, to work together to find solutions for our ever increasing environmental challenges.

On the panel this year we have Rachel Rose, a writer and editor heavily involved in the NZFFA and Oak Action Group who is passionate about continual canopy forestry; Eric Cairns secretary for Farm Forestry Timbers, Oak Action Group and the Wellington Branch of NZFFA who has 35+ years experience in growing and harvesting alternative timber species; and Roger May integrated land use and forestry consultant and founder of Tomorrow’s Forests. The Forestry Forum is hosted by Erik Wardrop forester, firefighter and Living Wood Fair committee member.


Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.  $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for a weekend pass; concession $15+bf per day.  Kids under 16 are free.  Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.  

Please NO DOGS as we have horses working on site.