New Zealand School of Forestry

The New Zealand School of Forestry | Te Kura Ngahere offers degrees in forestry science and forest engineering at the University of Canterbury

This page is being administered by the NZ School of Forestry. It is intended for prospective and current students, alumni, staff, and other stakeholders in the forestry community.

Operating as usual

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 17/01/2024

Many of our students will be benefiting and enjoying summer work placement. Two Forest Engineers have been enjoying time overseas. Cass Hetherington is working in the equipment design team at Claas, Germany. After a semester at Virginia Tech, Heather Harper took the opportunity to be part of the COP28 in Dubai – superb! Look forward to seeing everyone back in just over a month.


Happy new year from SOF – hope it has started well for everyone. A lot of new technology is being used in forestry, so Dr. Vega Xu, with the support of Prof. Justin Morgenroth, has put together a workshop on using Artificial Intelligence. This was identified as being of greatest interest in our latest technology update survey (by 4th year Anna Manning). It will be part of a series of four 1-day professional development workshops 12-15th of Feb, the others days being ‘Working with LiDAR and Drone Data’, ‘RoadEng’ and ‘Building Better Forest Roads’. Contact Vega ([email protected]) for more information.


When your staff really get into the Christmas spirit - morning tea was amazing today - homemade Xmas Cake (plus a few other festive tasty treats). Our chef is Frank Ashwood and his wife did the artwork. Wishing you all the best of the festive season and a safe and happy New Year.

Best Publication by a New Researcher 30/11/2023

Congratulations to Grace Marshall, one of our PhD students who has been awarded the NZ Ecological Society Award for Best Publication in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology by a New Researcher at the Society meeting on 30th November. It's wonderful to see our graduate students publishing.

Best Publication by a New Researcher NZES Award for Best Publication in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology by a New Researcher


It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas - Forestry style. Wilding pine tree sourced by Campbell Harvey (spot the easterly wind bend) and decorations by staff.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 28/11/2023

Simon Smith, working on his Masters project evaluating methods for assessing unstable forest terrain, is currently visiting the Pacific Northwest for 4 weeks. He has spent a week in BC, also visiting the famous forestry school UBC and is currently in Oregon at OSU. He spent a day with PortBlakely and as well as a few days with Rayonier where he was hosted by our recent visitor Dr. Julie Dieu. His last week will see him change scene from forest to snow covered slopes up in Whistler. Tough job but someone has to do it?


Fourth year forestry student Georgia Kennedy's summer research informs our efforts at national carbon accounting and the management of native tree species to produce timber products.

Georgia measured the wood density and stiffness of 115 native tree species archived in the New Zealand School of Forestry | Te Kura Ngahere’s xylarium. Recently published in the open access NZ Journal of Forestry Science these wood properties of lesser-used New Zealand native tree species can inform New Zealand’s government policies regarding the establishment of a commercial native forestry sector and aid carbon accounting of native forests under the Emissions Trading Scheme.


Study for exams can be an artistic exercise


The Mackey (George) Papuni Scholarship is open for applications for students enrolled, or enrolling in the Bachelor of Forestry Science, the BE (Forest Engineering) of the Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai. Ideally applicants come from the Tairāwhiti/Gisborne region, but may come from other areas where they can contribute to the region. The scholarship is valued at $6,000 for one year and has additional benefits than financial.
Information on the scholarship can be requested by emailing [email protected]. Applications close on 30 November 2023.

University of Canterbury Scholarship Portal - Landing Page 16/10/2023

Applications are open for the WIDE Trust Undergraduate Scholarship for 2024. There are 5 scholarships offered (for one year) with a value of $10,000 which can go towards tuition fees or your cost of living. Students enrolling in the 1st Year of the Bachelor of Forestry Science, or the 2nd Year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Forest Engineering) are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is 27th November 2023.

Applications can be found here (type in "WIDE Trust Undergraduate" in the Keyword box):

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Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 20/09/2023

Patrick Humphrey, doing his Masters on ‘Integration of Technology in Forest Machines’, is spending 4 weeks over in Austria and Italy. He has worked with his peers at the Vienna University (BOKU), currently with the Valentini yarder manufacturer, and then will make two presentations at the Forest Mechanisation (FORMEC) Conference in Florence, Italy. First two pictures are from an Italian yarding operation (with Campbell Harvey his supervisor), 3rd pic they are visiting an Austrian forest road construction project, 4th pic with their Austrian host Thomas Varch (who was also supervised by Rien Visser in his PhD), and Campbell’s wife Jean. Last photo is Patrick on one of the roads looking down the hillside - brings to mind a certain song song from The Sound of Music for those of a certain generation.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 08/08/2023

Third year PhD student Carolin Weser presented at our post-graduate seminar series on the lifecycles of eucalypt leaf feeding paropsine beetles and the complex communities of natural enemies. Important insights into native and introduced general predators, like the Schellenberg's soldier bug, and a complex system of egg parasitoids and hyperparasitoids that include a new species!


We'd like to congratulate Liam Walker and Simon Smith who have received awards from the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation announced today.

Liam receives the University Undergraduate Award in recognition of academic excellence and forestry aspirations; Simon has been awarded the Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate Scholarship to support his MForSc thesis project "Identify a process for identification of unstable terrain as it relates to forest operations".

A third recipient with links to the School is Dr Serajis Salekin who graduated with his PhD in 2019 and now works with Scion (Rotorua) specialising in forest modelling. Serajis received the Chavasse Travel Award.

Researcher/Senior Research - Forest Ecology - Manaaki Whenua - Careers at Science New Zealand 25/07/2023,52480.html
Interested in a research career in forest ecology, Manaaki Whenua want to hear from you.

Researcher/Senior Research - Forest Ecology - Manaaki Whenua - Careers at Science New Zealand We are seeking an early to mid-career ecologist who can lead research on the ecology and management of natural forest ecosystems in New Zealand. The role requires a specialist understanding of forest ecosystem dynamics, familiarity with methods for quantifying forest biomass, quantitative skills for...


There's a new doctor in the house! Huge congratulations to Leslie Mann who passed her PhD oral this afternoon. Leslie has been working on the resistance and tolerance of Eucalyptus to paropsine beetles

Photos from Southern North Island Wood Council's post 20/07/2023

it's scholarship season! Grow your future with some great scholarships available from the Southern North Island Wood Council. Also check WIDE Trust and Te Uru Rakau.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 09/07/2023

Final year student Cameron Jones has successfully combined his passion for mountain biking and Forest Engineering. Competing in a MTB series in British Columbia (Canada) this last month, he placed second in his first race and won the next two. His final year dissertation project is on making biochar from landing residues. He visited the University in Vancouver to catch up with their research program, as well as checking out some of their forests along the way. Congrats, and best of luck with the project!

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 14/06/2023

Rien Visser recently presented a (lot of) papers at a Forest Engineering conference in Arizona. It was also attended by at least 10 people who have had a direction to the School in the past and included Hunter Harrill and Kris Brown. One of the local hosts was Paul Oyier(MForSc student 2015), now a Researcher at Northern Arizona University, helping out with a project making biochar from forest harvest residues. Interesting work!
Left to right are Paul, Kris, Rien and Hunter.


INTERESTED IN STUDYING FOREST ENGINEERING? If you are a first year (intermediate) engineering student and want to know more about Forest Engineering, come along for a relaxed lunchtime get-together (over free pizza!) to meet lecturers and to talk to students already studying towards the degree. This Thursday 8th June at 12:30pm in the School of Forestry common room (Forestry, Room 130). If you are interested, we look forward to seeing you there.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 19/05/2023

Pink Shirt day and the message that bullying is not okay is recognised each year at UC and the School hosts a baking competition that our students enter into with some amazing results. This year has been no different. We award small prizes for the pinkest cake, the best tasting creation and the masterpiece. Pictured here and congratulations to the winners (and their creations) for the awards, plus a photo of a close second (in this author's view) of the masterpiece. A sugar hit for the judges who hopefully recover from their taste test quickly.


Great to see this post about our first intake of Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau - Forestry Scholarship recipients. They received their scholarships in person, presented by Prime Minister Ardern back in early March 2019.

Congratulations to the four Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau - Forestry Scholarship recipients who recently graduated from University of Canterbury.

Max Gomez, Robyn Patient, Hannah Humphreys and Nic Melvin were part of the first cohort of students to receive scholarships toward forestry study in 2019. To date, 39 scholarships have been awarded to students throughout New Zealand.

Max gained a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering, while Robyn, Hannah and Nic gained a Bachelor of Forestry Science. Already three of them have successfully taken up work in forestry.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service’s Manager Indigenous Forestry, Alastair Kernahan, also attended the graduation ceremony and received a master’s degree (with distinction) in Forestry Science.

His master’s report, An Analysis of Growth and Mortality of Planted Indigenous Tree and Shrub Species in Tiromoana Bush is available via the UC Physical Sciences Library. Alastair also has a Bachelor in Forestry from University of British Columbia in Canada.


We'd like to wish Tessa McCarthy all the best for her run in the Firefighter Challenge Skytower climb on Saturday. Tessa is one of our 3rd Year students in the BForSc and on the side she is a rural volunteer firefighter. She'll be climbing 328 vertical metres (somewhat taller than the average P. radiata) and over 1000 lung-busting steps. She and her colleagues in the Waimarino Voluntary Rural Fire Force are using the climb to raise funds and awareness for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). Tessa has already reached her personal fundraising target which is fantastic and now just needs to get to the top of that Tower with that 25kg kit on her back (a lot to carry as she is not our tallest student). We'll send an update on how she gets on next week.
More information can be found on her Firefighters Challenge page -
Go well Tessa!

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 08/05/2023

It's time to congratulate Anne Wekesa and Ning Ye. Anne completed her PhD late in 2022 and Ning in late April this year. Today they were presented with toki by their supervisors in recognition of their achievement. The pounamu toki are carved and blessed by Ngāi Tahu. The qualities for which pounamu are valued - its density and toughness, and its ability to hold a sharp edge, are also qualities that helped both Anne and Ning see their research through to completion.

Premium Pine Nuts named Supreme Champion at ONZFP Awards - FMCG Business 20/04/2023

SoF graduate Andy Wiltshire from Pinoli Pine Nuts takes out the supreme award at the 2023 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. Andy recently presented on his food forest at eh SoF 50th conference and it is heartening to see recognition for his efforts.

Premium Pine Nuts named Supreme Champion at ONZFP Awards - FMCG Business Marlborough’s Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts has been recognised for its flavour-filled nuts and its risky journey to become the Southern Hemisphere’s only pine nut producer.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 14/04/2023

Final morning session before people headed off on a field trip to Lyttelton Port and Sign of the Bellbird. Today focused on Forest Growing Systems with talks from John Hura, Andy Wiltshire, Paul Millen, Euan Mason and Yvette Dickinson then a short session on Wood Quality and Utilisation from John Moore, David Evison and Rien Visser.
It's been a fantastic two (and a bit) days with a lot of reconnecting, tales yore and good laughs.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 13/04/2023

Afternoon session. A mix of operations and technology, early career foresters and importantly an acknowledgement of our sponsors - without their support the reunion would not have been possible.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 13/04/2023

Morning session on our first day. Welcome and a reminder of our connections - past and into the future - by Head of School Bruce Manley; and two of our keynote speakers - Grant Dodson, graduate of the School and President of the NZ Forest Owners Assn, and Emeritus Professor David Norton.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 12/04/2023

Former staff and students gather to celebrate the 53rd (blame COVID for the odd number) anniversary of the school. Bruce opens with a history of the school and acknowledges foundational staff and students present in the audience.

Photos from New Zealand School of Forestry's post 12/04/2023

The scene is set for our 50th Anniversary Reunion (really 53rd but there was a delay from 2020). We've welcomed former staff from our first year to this year. The Quiz night is well underway and we're looking forward to welcoming our past graduates tomorrow morning.

NZ Forest Growers Levy Trust MForSc Scholarship 26/01/2023

We have a new scholarship for a Masters thesis student (MForSc), funded by Forest Growers Levy Trust which will cover the tuition fees, student levy and a tax-free stipend of $NZ34,000 for one year of full-time study. For information, check this announcement on the School's web page

NZ Forest Growers Levy Trust MForSc Scholarship The Te Kura Ngahere | NZ School of Forestry is offering a 1-year Masters scholarship to complete a research project to forecast the workforce ...

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