8-9 November 2022 | Rotorua, New Zealand

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.

WoodWorks 2022

Why Attend?

Our 7th 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 2022 Conference will continue 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.

Who Attends?

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


We are 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 2022 Programme

DAY ONE   |   8 November 2022
Site Visits + Networking Function
Timezone: NZDT
9.00am - 5.00pm
Site Visits for Delegates to Red Stag Wood Solutions CLT Plant – Waipa (Optional)
Each scheduled site visit lasts one hour and limited spaces are available.
5.00 - 7.00pm
Meet & Greet Icebreaker Session
Pre-conference networking event on Exhibitors Stands, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua
DAY TWO   |   9 November 2022
Timezone: NZDT
SESSION 1: Hybrid Design as a Pathways for Growth
Welcome & Introduction
John Stulen, Director, WoodWorks NZ
Auckland City Mission: A Model Tall Timber Building & CLT Case Study No 2
Adam Jones, Technical Manager - Engineering & DfMA, XLam
Performance-based Development of Fast, Efficient Mass Timber Connections
Jon Roebuck, Team Leader – Mass Timber Technology, Holmes Solutions
Case Studies: Mass Timber Design as a Strategy to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon
Lessons learnt on recent projects for clients and designers
Fiona Short, Associate Principal & Sustainability Specialist, Warren and Mahoney & Emily Newmarch, Low Carbon Design Specialist, Warren and Mahoney
Morning Tea Coffee & Networking
SESSION 2: Sustainability in Design
Case Studies to Emphasis Resiliency, Efficiency and Sustainability
Eric McDonnell, Principal//Director of Mass Timber, Holmes US and Kiran Makan, Senior Project Engineer, Holmes NZ
Pathways to Improved Fire Design – International Case Studies
David Barber, Principal, ARUP
Building for Climate Change: Policy Developments & Update
Antonia Reid, Building for Climate Change Policy Director, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE)
Lunch and Networking
SESSION 3: Showcase Projects
Case Study – Learnings from the ABS Project Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: Asia’s Largest CLT Building
David Kingham, Technical Manager, Mass Timber, Steeltech Industries
Helping Wood Work Better: Hybrid Projects and Products (including Oakhill College Case Study)
Nick Hewson, Chief Design Officer and Head of Product Development, Viridi Group, Australia
Living Pā: a three-storey Low Damage Design Living Building Challenge Structure
Alistair Cattanach, Director and Rowan Ballagh, Design Engineer, Dunning Thornton Consultants
Q&A Panel Session - All Session 3 speakers
Afternoon Tea, Coffee & Networking
SESSION 4: Showcase Projects
Using BIM Principles to Streamline & De-Risk Projects from Start to Finish
Mass Timber case studies and advice for clients and developers
Darren Kho, BIM Specialist and Timber Engineer, Warren and Mahoney & Simon Topliss, Principal and Advanced Timber Unit Lead, Warren and Mahoney
Case Study: Arlington Project Apartment Design – Challenges and Learnings
Ignatius Black, Principal, Silvester Clark
Q&A Panel Session with selected speakers
Conference Concludes
Print Programme

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The WoodWorks conference always offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood engineering to be a part of the future of timber use in New Zealand construction.

If you’d like further information, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Platinum Partners

Logo “Red Stag TimberLab”
Logo “Rotorua Economic Development”
Logo “Te Uru Rakau – New Zealand Forest Service”


Logo “Henkel”
Logo “MiTek”
Logo “JACKS”
Logo “SPAX”
Logo “Stirling Global”
Logo “Rothoblaas Timber Connect”
Logo “Northpine”
Logo “Toi Ohomai TePukenga”
Logo “Futurebuild LVL”
Logo “XLam”
Logo “Arxada”
Logo “New Zealand Wood Products/IBuilt”
Logo “Simpson Strong-Tie”
Logo “Techlam”
Logo “Beca”
Logo “BECK | Lignoloc”
Logo “Cadwork”
Logo “Scion”
Logo “Structure Design”
Logo “Fireshield”
Logo “Tectonus”
Logo “Milwaukee”
Logo “Warren and Mahoney”
Logo “Marshall Innovations”
Logo “Taranaki Pine / Woodspan”
Logo “Nelson Pine”
Logo “FTMA | Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand”
Logo “Pacific Environments Architects NZ”


Distinction Hotel Rotorua

Your home of adventure is located adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest, offering world-class mountain biking trails and a wealth of attractions and activities throughout the area. With a beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to attend events and relax and unwind while in Rotorua.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances hotel and motel accommodation is in short supply during the WoodWorks Conference this year. The Distinction Hotel, our conference venue, has sold out of accommodation.

For other hotel venues see the list below as suggestions. We recommend you confirm your accommodation promptly. Here are some suggestions:

You can find a full selection of accommodation providers via Rotorua's official website. You can also consider booking through alternative providers like Book-a-bach or AirBnB.

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Registration Rates

Standard Rate 
(From 8 Oct 2022)

NZ$895 + GST

Group Rate
(3 or more attendees)

NZ$660 + GST

Red Stag Site Visit
(Places at the tour are subject to Red Stag's authority)


Icebreaker Meet and Greet



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.
  • To be eligible for special rates; registration and payment must be received on or before the advertised dates.
  • *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.
  • The event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and 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 to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 7 October 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.

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