1-2 March 2022 | Rotorua, New Zealand

PLEASE NOTE: WoodWorks 2021 has been rescheduled to the date above

WoodWorks 21/22

The objective is to grow the capability and use of wood in commercial and multi-residential buildings throughout our cities. This event brings together architects, project managers, designers, fit-out specialists, quantity surveyors, BIM specialists and engineers.

Why Attend?

Our 6th annual WoodWorks mass timber conference brings together leaders in engineered wood design and construction. Mass timber technology developments, including LVL and CLT, prefabrication and connection systems are set to transform commercial buildings.

Early advantages have included accuracy, early contractor engagement and speed of construction. Now wood’s advantages in creating biophilic environments and long-term carbon-friendly sustainability are set to be recognised.

The WoodWorks 21/22 Conference continues to showcase the practical experiences of a range of building professionals and focuses on completed New Zealand and Australian projects. Each year we also showcase an inspirational wood expert from leading tall timber exemplar building projects overseas.

Health & Safety
The health and safety of everyone who participates in this event is our top priority. Click here to learn more about how we host safe events and why you can book with confidence.

Covid-19 and Vaccination Certificate
Public health guidelines as advised by the Ministry of Health will strictly be adhered to by the event organisers, Innovatek Ltd. As directed by the NZ Government, all attending this event will be required to be vaccinated (unless a COVID-19 vaccination exemption by the Director-General of Health or the Minister for the COVID-19 Response has been granted).

Everyone attending or working at the event venue, will need to have with them on arrival, a vaccination certificate or vaccination exemption (either digital or paper). This will be scanned for verification before entering the venue. Click here for further details.

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Who will attend?

The New Zealand engineered timber industry, including:
  • Engineered timber manufacturers
  • Engineered timber suppliers
  • Architects
  • Developers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Planners
  • Engineered timber researchers
  • Timber industry consultants
  • Wood supply chain and logistics companies
  • Trades representatives including builders, plumbers, electrical

Event Speakers

    Jason Wilson Image

    Jason Wilson
    Deputy Director-General,
    Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

    Jason is leading the work on strengthening the forestry and wood processing supply chain and the Forestry and Wood Products Industry Transformation Plan. With over 25 years of experience across the wood processing sector, he brings an industry perspective to the challenges ahead for the sector and for Government.

    Marty Verry Image

    Marty Verry
    Group CEO & Chair,
    Red Stag Group

    An ‘intentional portfolio career’ is how Marty Verry describes the first 15 years following school that laid the foundations to eventually lead the Red Stag team to turn around the Waipa Mill from receivership in 2003, to being the largest and moist technologically-advanced sawmill in the Southern Hemisphere in 2021.

    Phillip Howard Image

    Phillip Howard
    Principal & Registered Architect,
    Pacific Environments

    For architects, the attraction of working with timber goes beyond the clear environmental benefits of net-zero carbon buildings. There is a sensory connection to timber, a tactile experience of enduring appeal. Phil is inspired by Biophilic design principles and firmly believes that humans have an innate need to connect with nature, and timber construction plays a part in this connection.

    Barry Lynch Image

    Barry Lynch
    Director & Quantity Surveyor,
    Logic Group

    Barry’s team used innovative Building Information Modeling and virtual besign construction to develop a parametric digital twin BIM model for the Clearwater Quays Apartments project and also developed a new innovative approach to cost estimation.

    Eoin McLoughlin Image

    Eoin McLoughlin
    Quantity Surveyor,
    Logic Group

    Eoin is a senior quantity surveyor with over 10 years experience and specialises in virtual design construction and 5D BIM. He has built a strong reputation as a problem solver and early adopter for new technology.

    Chris Scott Image

    Chris Scott
    Principal – Registered Architect,

    Chris is one of New Zealand’s leading education design specialists, with over 30 years’ experience in architecture. His has helped create highly innovative learning environments and university campuses that are changing the educational experience of students and staff.

    Roy Thompson Image

    Roy Thompson
    Managing Director,
    New Ground Capital

    Roy is a specialist investment manager who is spearheading the development of large-scale build-to-rent housing and impact investing in the NZ market. Over the last 30 years, Roy has built businesses within hospitality, aviation, investment management and the manufacturing sectors.

    Shamubeel Eaqub Image

    Shamubeel Eaqub
    Sense Partners

    Shamubeel is an experienced economist, financial analyst and author of the books ‘Generation Rent’ and ‘Growing Apart’. Shamubeel currently works with boutique economic consultancy, Sense Partners has advisory roles in various firms and charities and is a regular media contributor.

    Daniel Wellington Image

    Daniel Wellington
    BDM Engineering Building Solutions,
    MiTek New Zealand

    Daniel is a Graduate Member of Engineering NZ and works with MiTek as a business development manager handling new products and bringing them to up to spec as per New Zealand code requirements. He has a strong background in design engineering with focus on SED and certification.

    Daniel Moroder Image

    Daniel Moroder
    Structural Engineer,
    PTL Structural Consultants

    Daniel is a chartered structural engineer specialising in timber buildings. Originally from Italy, he is also currently the president of the NZ Timber Design Society, co-editor of the Timber Design Society Journal and involved in NZ and European Timber Design Standards.

    Bernie O'Fagan Image

    Bernie O'Fagan
    RM Designs

    The team at RM Designs are seasoned veterans in light commercial design specialising in tourism and hospitality. They “accidentally” built a tourist accommodation lodge in Cross Laminated Timber in 2014 that,at that time, became NZ’s largest mass timber building.

    Tripti Singh Image

    Tripti Singh
    Team Leader (Wood Science Design) & Project Leader (Bioactives Wood Protection),

    Dr Singh specialises and leads wood protection research at Scion. Her expertise includes wood durability, timber treatments/remedial treatment, wood modification, bioactive molecules, fungal enzymes, and wood preservation/protection standards. Dr Singh is currently chairing the review committee of NZ Standard NZS 3602, which focuses on ‘Timber and Wood-based Products for Use in Building’.

    Jen Tang Image

    Jen Tang
    Fire Engineer,

    Jen has over 5 years of experience as a fire safety engineer in accommodation, commercial and heritage buildings, high-profile facilities with crowd gatherings and correctional facilities.

    Matt Noyes Image

    Matt Noyes
    Commercial Director,
    Kainga Ora

    Matthew has been involved with Kāinga Ora’s innovative NZ public housing pilot, which aims to tackle climate change in the built environment and was featured at the UN Climate Conference, COP26.

    Brian Berg Image

    Brian Berg
    Manager - Carbon Neutral Housing,
    Kainga Ora

    Brian has a background as a Building Environmental Scientist at BRANZ and specialises in whole building energy/thermal modelling and calculating the environmental impact of buildings using Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment.

    Alastair Miles Image

    Alastair Miles
    Miles Construction Ltd

    Alistair foundered Miles Construction in 2006 and specialises in social, affordable and medium-density housing development. He has had extensive experience in managing construction projects in both NZ and the UK. Alistair serves on BRANZ’s Building Research Advisory Committee.


We have been working closely with a wide range of New Zealand and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact John Stulen on or (+64) 7 921 1381.

WoodWorks 21/22 Programme

Registered Architects are eligible for 70 NZRAB CPD points for attendance at this conference.
DAY ONE  | 1 March 2022
Pre-Conference Events

10.00am - 1.00pm

BRANZ Workshop
BRANZ are running a free 3-hour workshop on fire controls, energy efficiencies, timber durability and environmental benefits. Click here for further Details.

9.00am - 12.00pm


1:00pm -


Red Stag CLT Plant | One-Hour Site Visits
Group numbers are strictly limited on each hourly tour, first tour starting at 9:00am through 11:00am, second tour starting 1:00pm through 3:00pm. Tours start from Red Stag Waipa's site carpark. Click here for further Details.

4.30pm - 7.00pm

Networking Icebreaker – MEET & GREET at Distinction Hotel

Venue: Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre,
390 Fenton Street,

DAY TWO  |   2 March 2022
Conference Sessions


Welcome & Introduction

John Stulen, WoodWorks NZ

Session 1: Case Study: Clearwater Quays Apartments – Primary Growth Partnership


Keynote Address: Linking Government Policy & Procurement for Sustainable Supply Chains

Jason Wilson, Deputy Director-General, Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service


A 5-Storey Mass Timber Demonstration Building – It’s Role in Building for Climate Change

Marty Verry, Group CEO & Chair, Red Stag Group


Clearwater Quays Architecture: Showcasing Wood in Design for Apartment Living

Phillip Howard, Principal & Registered Architect, Pacific Environments


Rapid Technology Quantifies Advantages of Timber Design & Carbon Sequestration

Barry Lynch, Director & Quantity Surveyor & Eoin McLoughlin, Quantity Surveyor, Logic Group


Panel Discussion + Q&A


Morning Tea & Networking

Session 2: Emerging Growth Markets for Mass Timber and Mitigating Climate Change


Case Studies Showcasing Adaptive Reuse & Mass Timber – Opportunities for Balancing Carbon

Chris Scott, Principal – Registered Architect, JASMAX


Build-To-Rent Case Study: New Ground Living

Roy Thompson, Managing Director, New Ground Capital


Build-To-Rent: An Opportunity for Engineered Wood and Commercial Builders

Shamubeel Eaqub, Economist, Sense Partners


Panel Discussion + Q&A


Lunch & Networking

Session 3: Showcase Projects: Engineered Wood Design & Hybrid Construction


3.1 Case Study Introduction: Te Ara o Puanga (Mary Potter Hospice Apartments)

Daniel Wellington, BDM Engineering Building Solutions, MiTek New Zealand


3.2 Case Study: From Paper to Reality - Te Ara o Puanga (Mary Potter Hospice Apartments)

Daniel Moroder, Structural Engineer, PTL Structural Consultants


3.3.1 The Tools Required to Advocate for Mass Timber - (Perspectives From a Small Christchurch Design Studio)

Bernie O'Fagan, Owner, RM Designs

3.3.2 Potential NZS 3602 Changes Relating to Engineered Wood Products

Tripti Singh, Team Leader (Wood Science Design) & Project Leader (Bioactives, Wood Protection), Scion

Afternoon Tea & Networking

Session 4: Focus on Design – Fire Codes for Architects + Kainga Ora Multi-Residential Building System Comparisons


4.1 “Fire Safety of Mass Timber: The Devil is in the Detail”?

Jen Tang, Fire Engineer, Crossfire


4.2 Generation 2 & 3 Case Studies: Mass Timber & Other Systems – How do they compare?

Matt Noyes/Brian Berg – Commercial Group, Kainga Ora


4.3 Kainga Ora Projects: Constructability and Practical Perspectives

Alastair Miles, Owner, Miles Construction Ltd


Networking in Sponsors Exhibition Area

Red Stag Site Visit | Pre-Conference | Further Details

CLT Plant Tour Information:

  1. Red Stag management reserves the right to limit access or refuse entry to their site to anyone at their own discretion at any time.
  2. Limited spaces are available for a limited number of WoodWorks 21/22 Conference delegates (first come, first served) for a short tour to the Red Stag Wood Solutions Engineered Wood Product (EWP) plant tour departing from the Red Stag Investments Building (Black and Grey building in front of Red Stag Timber reception), at the end of the Waipa site carpark just south of Rotorua on the edge of Whakarewarewa Forest (Waipa State Mill Road). Tours depart from the Red Stag Investments building and leave every hour, precisely on the hour. If you miss your allotted tour start time your place will be forfeited.
  3. Group numbers are strictly limited on each hourly tour starting at 9:00am through 3:00pm on Tuesday 1 March. Closed footwear and long pants must be warn and the taking of photographs is not permitted (images can be requested and distributed by Red Stag to interested parties). All health and safety briefings and warnings must be adhered to for you to participate in each tour.
  4. For directions to the tour starting point use this address: Red Stag Investments, Waipa State Mill Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3074.

BRANZ Workshop | Pre-Conference Details

BRANZ are running a free 3-hour workshop on fire controls, energy efficiencies, timber durability and environmental benefits. This pre-conference workshop starts at 10am on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Please note this is a separately bookable event and, while registration to WoodWorks 21/22 is recommended, this is not required to attend. For further details and to register, clock on the button below.

Register for BRANZ Workshop | View Programme

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The WoodWorks conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood engineering to be a part of the future of timber use in New Zealand construction. Exhibition spaces will be made available to sponsors of this conference and partners of WoodWorks. These booths will provide a unique platform for promoting your products and services to the industry.

To ensure you get a place at either event, if you’d like further information or if you haven’t yet seen a Sponsorship & Exhibition Pack, please contact
Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Platinum Partners

Red Stag Timber
Rotorua Economic Development


Futurebuild LVL
Accurate Australia and New Zealand
BECK | Lignoloc
Rothoblaas Timber Connect
FTMA | Frame and Truss Manufacturers' Association of New Zealand
Structure Design
New Zealand Wood Products/IBuilt
Nelson Pine
Taranaki Pine / Woodspan
Simpson Strong-Tie

Registration Rates

Standard Rate

NZ$895 + GST

Group Rate
(3 or more attendees)

NZ$695 + GST

Site Visit to Red Stag*


Icebreaker Meet and Greet


Register Here

Registration Details

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • All prices exclude GST (15%).
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rate, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE Friday 30 July 2021. All 'Early Bird' discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • *Please note: Red Stag management reserves the right to limit access or refuse entry to their site to anyone at their own discretion at any time.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • Due to Government requirements, a vaccination certificate or vaccination exemption (either digital or paper) is required to attend this event.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual online event that would be set up by the organisers.
  • If for any reason registration numbers have to be reduced at the Rotorua venue under the new traffic light system (also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework), any delegate registrations over the required limit set by the NZ Government will be transferred to a virtual online registration.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19 and vaccination certificates.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Tuesday 1 February 2022, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

To read our full Terms and Conditions, Click Here.


Distinction Hotel Rotorua

Your home of adventure located adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest offering world class mountain biking trails. With a beautiful garden setting, the affordable Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities that Rotorua has to offer.

Special accommodation rates (per night):

  • $155 | Superior Room
  • $175 | Deluxe Room
  • $230 | Junior Suite
  • $250 | Executive Suite
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