50th Anniversary Conference and Reunion

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

We are pleased to announce that our SOF 50th/53rd Conference/Reunion is now scheduled to take place from 12-14th April 2023. Registration will be opened in October and a further announcement will be made then.

 Our programme will be updated and posted in due course. For travel planning purposes, the first event is a registration and Icebreaker, plus Quiz Night on Wednesday 12th April commencing around 5pm. Thursday and Friday will include a conference and an optional field trip and there will be opportunities for self-organised class reunions from the Friday evening into Saturday 15th April.

 From the organising committee (Jeanette, Bruce, Justin and Rien + SOF staff)


Our Forestry 50th Anniversary Programme includes information on our speakers and timings for the variety of events being held. We will provide a further update in late February. 

Registration for the conference is through Eventbrite.

Registration 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

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

311 Motel Riccarton
311 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041.
+64 3 3 222 2368
315 Motel Riccarton
315 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8042.
+64 3 982 9882
Comfort Inn Riccarton
280 Riccarton Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041.
+64 3 341 1280
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.


Contact:  Event Link/Contact: 
1978Tim ThorpeTim Thorpe
1980Peter WilksPeter Wilks
1984Phil Taylor or Paul Adams     Phil Taylor   Paul Adams
1985Bruce ChaddertonBruce Chadderton
1986David JanettDavid Janett
1987Brett GilmoreBrett Gilmore
1989Rachael Mahan (McLauchlan)  Rachael Mahan
1993Euan McIntoshEuan McIntosh
1995, 1996Jeremy CrangJeremy Crang
2000Scott AndrewScott Andrew
2003James KerrJames Kerr
2004Maria Nally (Bosman) Maria Nally
2005Adie FortuneAdie Fortune
2009Sally Moore (Haddon)Sally Moore
2015Adrian LooAdrian Loo
2017Christoph RiedelChristoph Riedel

Our Sponsors