Here is the list of talks from our 2019 event to give you an idea of the kind discussions that will be happening in 2021. We are currently finalising the schedule for 2021, click here for more info.

The Living Wood Fair & Te Uru Rākau present the Kōrero Zone. Here you can listen to the wisdom and knowledge of people that we have invited because they each have a valuable message and food for though to share. Come and get involved with our Forums, a place where you can let your voice be heard by key players in Building & Forestry matters.

Te Uru Rākau – One Billion Trees and Indigenous Forestry

Saturday 2.45pm

Sunday 12.15pm

The presentation will cover the forestry schemes and initiatives relating to the One Billion Trees Programme in addition to options under the Forests Act for managing areas of indigenous forest, process for milling and exporting indigenous forest, and how the Forests Act applies to planted indigenous forests.

Ben Doherty; Team Leader Programme Implementation; One Billion Trees Programme. Role: Implementing MPI’s sustainable land management and forestry funds, and providing technical forestry advice

Christie Webber; Forestry Analyst; Sustainable Forest Management. Role: Assessing indigenous timber harvest and milling applications, and providing information on the Forests Act and indigenous forestry to the public and other parts of MPI.

Jerome Partington

Jerome is Sustainability Manager + Associate Principle at Jasmax and Chair of Living Future, Aotearoa NZ. His role is a pathfinder for transformational change in the design and construction sector. Jerome’s 25 years professional practice in ‘deep green’ design, eco-education and construction has helped create many of the leading edge green projects in NZ. By helping others see potential beyond the brief, he works to ensure the project vision is shared and future ready so as to actively engage all stakeholders to achieve high performance projects and intergenerational social and ecological value.

There are significant challenges to shifting process from silos to whole system thinking or ‘Regenerative Development’ so Jerome has been evolving an Integrated Design Process to help manage the complexity and drivers of people, culture and living systems, as a whole.

Jerome’s successful projects include; sharing The Living Building Challenge in Aotearoa, helping create Tuhoe iwi’s Te Kura Whare, the first Certified ‘Living’ Building outside of the USA, The ‘Breathe’ Living Village design, Net Zero Energy Pegasus School, and Kahukura at Ara, the Canterbury Institute’s new Engineering and Architecture school, Christchurch Girls Performing Arts Centre along with some green housekeeping; the Jasmax GRI report and JEMS for our ISO14001 system.

An introduction to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) as a gateway to living regeneration

Saturday 11.15am

‘How the Living Building Challenge can help us create healthy living systems that are good for people and nature. What is Regenerative Development?  An overview of the powerful deep green LBC tool, illustrated with projects including Pegasus Net Zero Energy School, Tuhoe’s Kura Whare, Breathe Living Village design, Camp Glenorchy, and the Zero Energy House.

The Path to Healthy Materials and Healthy People

Saturday 4pm

Our awareness of material impacts is growing rapidly and currently it’s not good! Red List Toxicity, embodied carbon, waste to landfill, sourcing and eco-labels are all challenges. Introduce the issues, how the LBC addresses them and offer practical advice on sourcing and selection of materials with a focus on timber using Te Kura Whare case study

Philip Simpson – Down the Bay

Saturday 10am

I am a botanist living at Pohara. Now retired, I worked formerly for the Department of Conservation, then as an ecological consultant. For the last 20 years I have researched and written books on the natural and cultural history of iconic New Zealand trees such as totara, and most recently on Abel Tasman National Park. My presentation is based on research for this book, “Down the Bay”.

The New Zealand bush  is composed of a large number of species that have been used in traditional Maori culture as well as by European settlers through to the present day: for building materials, household items and tools, for food, medicines and dyes, firewood, and in the modern era for recreation, education, science and biodiversity conservation. The walk along the track from the Totaranui campground to Goat Bay, easily accessible to virtually everyone, has innumerable examples of these valuable species, in original lowland and coastal forest and secondary forest that has regenerated from former fern country and farmland. I will select a range of species, illustrate them, and describe their uses and interpret how these qualities reflect the ecology of the species.

Tree Walk Through Tōtara Forest

Saturday 2pm

Philip Simpson will also take visitors on a Tree Walk and Talk through regenerative tōtara forest in the Fairholme Gallery grounds. This is starting at the Info Tent.

David Evison – Forest Economics

Sunday 1.30pm

I am Associate Professor of Forest Economics at the School of Forestry at University of Canterbury. I teach undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Forestry Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Forestry) degrees, and supervise postgraduate students.

My research interests include profitability of planted forests, forests for carbon and other non-timber benefits, use of wood in multi storey construction and land use and the public perceptions of planted forests and forestry as a land use in New Zealand. As an economist, I am interested in my work contributing to New Zealand public policies which affect forestry.

My research interests include profitability of planted forests, forests for carbon and other non-timber benefits, use of wood in multi storey construction and land use and the public perceptions of planted forests and forestry as a land use in New Zealand. As an economist, I am interested in my work contributing to New Zealand public policies which affect forestry.

I am currently President of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, the organisation of about 800 members representing the interests of forestry professionals in New Zealand.

I will discuss the history of planted forests in New Zealand, the end uses of radiata pine and other timber species particularly as they relate to the overall topic of the Living Wood Fair, and discuss public perceptions of planted forests.

Graeme Mould – Log Building

Saturday 11.15am

More details to follow.

Mathew Hay – Sustainable Architecture

Sunday 2.45pm

I have run a small Architectural Design practice based in Nelson for 14 years. I have had a diverse range of projects in that time and have invested much time developing a series of sustainable principles focused on low energy consumption and the use of natural materials, especially those locally sourced or recycled, many of which are timber products.

My talk will explore a number of case study projects in which I will explain the materials and building techniques that we have employed in each, I will discuss those things that have been successful and those that have not worked out as intended with an eye to showing learnings that can be garnered and hopefully sparking a shared dialogue that we can all grow from.

Robina McCurdy

Building an Earth Round House

Saturday 12.30

Robina McCurdy from Tui Community and Earthcare Education Aotearoa is
sharing her experience of building an earth round house using local timbers and onsite clay, going through the building consent process and becoming the first permitted reciprocating roof building in NZ.

Empowering Sustainable Building through Legislative Changes

Saturday 3pm

A 10 point proposal and discussion for change-making at local Council level, designed to enable more creativity in building including permitting specific sustainable building timbers (previously permitted and now banned), increase commercial timber species diversity, legislate mobile homes, reduce rents, increase land tenure options and curtail homelessness.

Wayne Langford & Debbie Pearson – Farming 2030

Saturday 10am

Debbie Pearson has many years of programme and project management experience, spanning both the corporate, community and government sectors. Her previous roles include

  • programme director for the JEDI programme, a $300 million business model transformation programme for Fonterra
  • project manager for Government Industry Agreements, a ground-breaking government/industry partnership for biosecurity incursions
  • MPI project manager for the WTO case for Apples to Australia
  • NZ project manager for Stand Up, Speak Out, a UN initiative to support the Millennium Development goals, including planting over 10 million trees across the globe in the space of 4 months and many more.

Prior to establishing her own businesses, DJP Consulting and Manuka Essence, Debbie was a senior executive for over 15 years, where she held the role of Director Preclearance in Biosecurity NZ, and General Manager of Supply Chain Strategy, Fonterra.
Debbie is an engineer by training, and a lover of all things of the earth and trees at heart. She holds a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with a keen love of the bush and birds and the incredible power of
nature to heal. She is a founding member of the KINSTERRAIN partnership, which manages the native regeneration of a 320 acre block in the mountains behind Golden Bay.

‘Good for the land, good for the water, good for the farmer,
good for the animals, good for the community.’
The Farming 2030 project uses a collaborative community approach to expand our joint understanding of healthy farming practices and to prove them through practical application on a pilot farm.
In our presentation we’ll cover the Farming 2030 vision and goals, the wonderful insights and connections that have emerged through the Environmental Panel gatherings, a summary of progress to date and an outline of our next steps.

Sol Morgan – Ecosystem Management

Sunday 11am

Sol has been passionate about growing food organically for over 30 years and he still is! He got a Horticultural Science degree from Lincoln University. Inspired by Bob Crowder to follow organics. Spent most of working life involved in community gardening where he also taught numerous workshops and courses. Working as permaculturist with own business GroWise Consultancy for over 12 years helping people create more sustainable environments.

Ever wondered how to manage different plants on your property in a way that really supports their growth? Have this explained in a pictorial way looking at the plant ecosystem continuum from forest to temperate fruits to vegetables and pasture. Based on the work by Dr Elaine Ingham this talk will give you a big picture view along with practical ways to feed each ecosystem for ultimate health.

Charlie Haskell – Diverse Forestry on Tricky Land

Sunday 10am

Having school teachers for parents allowed me to see a lot of rural Southland and Canterbury by the time I left school. My greatest pastime as a kid was climbing trees. I went on to do a commerce degree at Lincoln College and as a way of financing my lifestyle, I would periodically head up to Rotorua with a few friends to do forestry contracting – planting, pruning, thinning. While there I did some work for a couple of great arborists, who introduced me to a whole variety of alternate timber species, it was 1984 and my desire to plant a forest was born.

Career wise I didn’t pursue my commerce degree but went on to join a fledgling local film industry, which I have been working in for the last 30 years. I now split my time between contracts as a freelance film and tv director, predominantly in Auckland, and my family and forest in Golden Bay.

Growing a sustainable forest of quality timber on country only fit for goats. My talk is all about my 25ha of mixed species forestry, on a steep hill block on East Takaka Rd, just a stone’s throw from where the Wood Fair is being held. It will of course start at the beginning, and how a certain fire changed everything. I will talk about what my philosophy was leading up to planting – covering such aspects as sustainability, quality timber, soaking up carbon, a retirement investment.

When the block was planted in 2001, I wanted to try and show that there were other alternatives to a mono culture of pine trees on marginal hill country. Stepping through the years I’ll talk about what has worked and what hasn’t, things I’d do differently. 18 years on has it all been worth it? I see myself as an example of someone trying to create a diverse forest- on tricky land – being anything other than an expert – just willing to give it a go.

Dan Antell

Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation

Saturday 1.45pm

Dan Antell is a Mycology enthusiast based in Golden Bay. Currently in the process of transitioning from hobby grower to commercial enterprise – he has a passion for mycelial networking and sharing of the skills needed to empower people to grow their own high vitamin/mineral/protein food.

In this talk Dan will share his experiences of growing saprophytic mushrooms. Growing at home in the garden or in a climate controlled indoor space – from grain spawn to fruit. Yes – your family too could be eating fresh Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms grown by yourself! The talk will include an overview of the mushroom life cycle, live demonstration of substrate inoculation and speculation as to the potential for mushroom cultivation in NZ…

A Mindful Walk With Trees

Sunday 11am

Dan Antell is MindfulNurse – Based in Takaka, MindfulNurse aims to bring the tools of focused awareness in the 21st century with a solid foundation in modern science. Dan studied nursing at Kings College London and has worked around the world. During a particularly stressful and dis-integrated time he found the tools presented here to be foundational in creating a new, more centered self.

Do you ever have the experience of being stuck in patterns of thought, feeling, emotion or belief? Could your life be enhanced by learning to place these experiences in their proper perspective and integrate the self into a more whole being? Well… Good News! It can be done! Mindfulness is a 2500+ year old practice of training our conscious awareness which is now backed up by the latest findings in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. In this session Dan will share a brief overview of some of the latest emerging theory of Mindfulness without too many big words and a handy model of the brain you can take home with you! Then we will practice some simple tools of mindfulness which can empower a deeper sense of connection and presence with the beauty of nature of which we are all part. “As scientists put it, the brain is plastic, or moldable. Yes, the actual physical architecture of the brain changes based on what happens to us… We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr DJ. Siegel MD. This is starting at the Info Tent in the Main Arena.

Cory Stessen – Golden Bay Beekeeping

Sunday 1.45pm

I live in the world of the bee, constantly surrounded by bees and honey. I have been beekeeping for 5 years now and have peered into thousands of hives. I have been on a journey through the industrial side of beekeeping, the local commercial side, and now self producing,  extracting, mentoring and selling honey locally.

Learn about Golden Bay through the eyes of the bees. If your interested in getting into beekeeping this is the place to learn how to start. Even if you’re not a beekeeper learn about how to keep beekeeping sustainable – you will not want to miss out on Plan Bee!


Karea Ngahere Munro – Introduction to Forest School

Sunday 3pm

Earth School Inclusive Learning Approach
Founder and Facilitator
www.facebook.com/earthschoolkids

Karea’s background includes a joint degree in Educational Psychology and Ecology underway; Forest School Leadership training and mentorship level (200+ hours facilitation at 4 forest school settings); Nature Nurture Pedagogy training; Deep Ecology with John Seed; Rongoa 1 & 2 + 6 month apprenticeship at Te Herenga Waka Marae; Endeavour School Apothecary training; NORTHTEC Sustainable Development & Environmental Studies (+ survival training); STEM training (Brightworks School Pedagogy); ISSET program (student welfare / special ed support); Special Education (ASD); AUSLAN; Multicultural Youth Work; Universal Design for Learning; FYA Young Social Pioneer finalist and inductee for KCC Nelson/ Tasman.

An integrative approach to Forest School education. The talk will include ethos overview and what this can look like in real life; guidance through safe practices and policy frameworks; facilitating an inclusive and dynamic learning space; facilitation methods enhancing socio-emotional development; play-based deep ecology methods; easy and safe carpentry and bushcraft activities and an open forum throughout the talk. This Talk is taking place in the Kōrero Zone tent Rua on Sunday at 3pm.