50th Anniversary Conference and Reunion


Learning from the Past to Grow the Future: 50 years of forestry education and research

The School of Forestry | Te Kura Ngahere is pleased to announce a conference and celebration in recognition of 50 years at the University of Canterbury (1970-2020).

The School of Forestry will celebrate 50 Years of education and research with a conference and social events from late afternoon on Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th April 2020. The event will be held at the University of Canterbury and will include two days of conference sessions on current topics in forestry research and education. A social programme including class reunions, a conference dinner and other small events will allow graduates and former staff to catch up with old friends.

Conference costs include the Wednesday evening Quiz Night, Conference and the field trip to Port of Lyttelton and Summit Road native restoration sites. The Quiz Night will be hosted by Future Foresters and is limited to 100 people with registrations on a first in, first served basis; the bus trip is limited to the first 100 people.

The dinner will have a limited number and is charged separately but links to the conference with a maximum of two tickets per conference registrant.

You can contact the School via the dedicated conference email: Forestry50@canterbury.ac.nz.

You can also see the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/454412285429330/

We look forward to catching up with you in 2020.

Registration for the conference is through Eventbrite.

Registation costs (including GST) are:

  • Early Bird Registration (closes 31 January 2020) $320.00
  • Registration (1 February onwards) $375.00
  • School of Forestry 50th Anniversary Dinner $85.00

The School would like to acknowledge the support of our sponsors: 

 Rayonier Matariki Forests  PF Olsen New Zealand NelsonForests










Accommodation is the responsibility of the attendees. The pin on the map below will show you the conference location, and the following four motels are within easy walking distance:

311 Motel Riccarton
311 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041.
+64 3 3 222 2368
           Academy Motor Lodge
62 Creyke Rd, Ilam, Christchurch 8004.
+64 3 351 9347
Comfort Inn Riccarton
280 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041.
+64 3 341 1280
  315 Motel Riccarton
315 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8042.
+64 3 982 9882
Temporary Accommodation Options listed through UC Accommodation:





Graduating year groups are welcome to arrange their own reunion events. These could be from the Friday after the field trip, or Saturday morning. Please contact us if you would like us to leave a social media link below for your reunion event.

Graduating Year:  Contact:  Event Link/Contact: 
1978Tim ThorpeTim Thorpe
1985Bruce ChaddertonBruce Chadderton
2004Maria Nally (Bosman) Maria Nally
2013Mitchell Haberkorn