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 will take place from 12-14th April 2023. We have extended the registration closing date to Thursday 30th March 2023.

Our updated programme is available on the "Programme" section below. For travel planning purposes, the first event is an Icebreaker in the School of Forestry Common starting at 6pm on 12th April, followed by the Quiz Night hosted by Future Foresters commencing at 7pm. Thursday and Friday include a Wahine in Forestry breakfast; 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 updated Forestry 50th Anniversary Programme is available and includes updated timings and locations for events. 

Registration for the conference is now open via Humanitix. We have extended the closing date for registrations to Thursday 30th March 2023. 

Registration costs (including GST) are:

  • Registration - 1 February and closes 30th March 2023 - $350

  • School of Forestry 50th Anniversary Dinner only (including partners) - closes 30th March 2023 $85

Accommodation is the responsibility of the attendees. 

Hotel accommodation is predominantly based in the Central City and motels run along the main roads leading into two (Riccarton Road, Papanui Road and some adjacent to Memorial Avenue. Please do a Google accommodation search for motels.

Hotels closer to the University and near a bus route to the University are:

Chateau on the Park by DoubleTree Hilton, 189 Deans Avenue (on corner of Deans Avenue and Kilmarnock Street, opposite Hagley Park)
Bus # 29 - Airport/City - stops on Deans Avenue - 2minute walk to Chateau on the Park

Bus # 130 – Hei Hei/Avonhead – stops on Kilmarnock Street and outside Forestry Road

ParkView on Hagley, cnr Riccarton and Deans Avenue (opposite Hagley Park)

Bus # 5 – Rolleston/New Brighton, cnr Riccarton Road down to Clyde Road and 5 minute walk to Forestry

Commodore Airport Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue (near airport, bus to campus)
Bus # 29 – Airport/City, get off at Clyde Road and c. 10 minute walk to Forestry

For bus routes and timetables:


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: 
1974Alan GriffithsAlan Griffiths
1975Mike CuddihyMike Cuddihy
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

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