The NZ Section of Appita has 400 members, with representation from all the NZ pulp and paper mills, suppliers to the industry, consultants, and research organisations.
It is a very active section. The year starts with a “Welcome to the NZ Pulp & Paper Industry” afternoon in February. The aim of the event is to give newcomers to the industry a chance to gain an overview of the NZ Pulp & Paper Industry, network with fellow newcomers and get an introduction to Appita and its membership. This session is provided by Appita as a service to the industry, and there is no charge to participate. Six-seven dinner and technical meetings are held a year. These include annual joint meetings with Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF). The meetings are normally held in Rotorua, but an annual Whakatane meeting has recently been revived. An annual field trip is also held.
The NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition is held each year, and this is always a popular event. The Competition is for members who have not previously made a formal presentation to an industry peer audience outside their own company. The winner of the NZ Section Competition goes onto compete against the Australian winner at the annual Appita conference.
As the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference is held in NZ every two years, the NZ Section One Day Conference is held in the alternate year. The latest was held in August 2017, with the theme “Future Proofing Our Industry – Risking Change”. Eighty-four people attended this successful event.
NZ Section activities are organised by the Section Committee, which is made up of representatives from companies involved in the NZ pulp and paper industry, and includes members from the mills, suppliers, consultants and research organisations. The Committee is continuously looking at new ways for Appita to support and promote the pulp and paper industry, as well as serve as a provider of ideas for training and networking opportunities.
If you are interested in joining the New Zealand Section contact:
Appita New Zealand
Phone: 07 350 2252
Mobile: 027 231 6541