Each year Appita holds a New Speakers Competition in conjunction with the Appita Annual Conference. The purpose of the Appita New Speakers Contest is to provide an opportunity for first-time presenters to develop their presentation skills and present in front of a large audience as part of their ongoing career development.

As a lead up to this competition, Appita holds run-off competitions in New Zealand and Australia to select a representative from the Australian and New Zealand pulp and paper industry to compete at the ANZ final which is held in conjunction with the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference. 

Entrants must be members of Appita (non-members are invited to join to become eligible) and have not previously made a formal presentation to an industry peer audience held outside their own company.

The winners of each competition will receive an educational grant for career development in the pulp & paper industry; a trophy; and a complimentary registration to attend the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference in Rotorua 4-6th December 2018, where they will compete in the Appita - wide New Speakers’ Competition. Each runner-up will receive a cash prize.

2018 Appita Australia - New Speakers’ Competition

Come along and support our New Speakers!

The Appita New Speakers Run-off Competition will be held at BioPRIA on the Friday 17 August 2018, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  This year we have six young professionals who will compete for the right to represent Australia at the 2018 Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain conference in Rotorua New Zealand, 4 – 6 December 2018.

Padraic Guiney, Australian Paper - ‘Improving Operational Awareness with PI Dashboard’

Michael Long, Orora - ‘Transport Simulation, What's New ?’

Maisha Maliha, BioPRIA - ‘Cellulose-based Bismuth Phosphinate Composites as Antibacterial food packaging Material’

Hamish McCracken, Australian Paper - ‘Reducing Downtime of a Lime Kiln by Cardox Cleaning’

Peter Moon, Visy - ‘ Alternate Reductive Bleaching: Practical Case Studies’

George Zimmermann, Visy - ‘Paper Machine Hoods - Back to Basics’

We hope you can attend. Click here for more information.

To register for this free event CLICK HERE

2018 Appita New Zealand - New Speakers’ Competition Winner Announced

The 2018 Appita NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition was held on 26 July in Rotorua. It was an excellent evening with three outstanding presenters.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winner – Sara Ruddell from Beca AMEC. Sarah gave a very confident and professional presentation. Sarah will be the NZ entrant in the Appita Australasian Competition, which will be held at the Appita 2018 Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain Conference in Rotorua, 4-7th December 2018.

The competitors were:

Daniel Guinto, Process Engineer, Oji Fibre Solutions Tasman - “Reducing Variation in White Liquor Strength by Controlling Slaker Temperature”

Keith O’Connor, Mechanical Engineer, DETA Consulting - “Significant Returns from Low Investment Optimisation Projects”

Sarah Ruddell, Process Engineer, Beca AMEC - “Chromium-Carbide Nickel-Chrome Thermally Sprayed Coatings”

A big thank you to our sponsors for their support: Principles Sponsors – Beca AMEC and GLV Sweden, and Supporting Sponsors – Chemiplas NZ and Scion

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsors are invited to be involved in this competition. It is an opportunity to be recognised as supporting an exciting event, providing an incentive for young people in the Australasian pulp and paper industry.   

For sponsorship enquiries please contact:

Karen Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition. 

Jenny Ponter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Appita Australia New Speakers’ Competition.