Heather Arnold
Heather ArnoldEnvironmental Manager PF Olsen

NZIF member

Heather has worked in the forest industry for over 30 years in harvesting and environmental roles. She is a collaborative leader, enjoys supporting colleagues to achieve great environmental outcomes and is a passionate advocate for plantation forestry as a sustainable primary land use.

Erica Kinder
Erica KinderCEO of the Southern North Island Wood Council and Discover Forestry
NZIF member

Erica Kinder has a Bachelor of Forestry Science and over 20 years working in the forest sector of New Zealand. She is the CEO of the Southern North Island Wood Council and Discover Forestry and lives in Masterton.

Amanda Brake
Amanda BrakeOffice Manager, FGR

NZIF member

Amanda is the Office Manager based at Forest Growers Research office in Rotorua and joined the company in 2022. She works closely with the Research & Development Manager along with other research programme managers. As the Office Manager, Amanda is responsible for a broad range of responsibilities and the “Go to” person for overall coordination in the team that allows FGR to operate efficiently. From planning numerous meetings and events to financial and administrative management, she is adept at wearing many hats.

Sarah Orton
Sarah OrtonEnvironmental Forester, PF Olsen
NZIF member

Sarah started in the forest industry around 20 years ago, completing her Bachelor of Forestry Science at Canterbury (much to her parents initial bewilderment). Since graduating she has worked as a Graduate at Timberlands (highlights include shift work at the KPP and 3 months based in Tassie), had a 6 month break to travel (India to see tigers, UK and Europe), 4.5 years at Scion, before settling into her current role at PF Olsen. Along the way she also gained her Masters of Environmental Management. When not working she enjoys reading, walking her 2 dogs, or training for her next adventure race.

Sarah loves the complexity you get when managing forests, people and species together for improved outcomes. Added bonus, is the short queues for toilets at industry events.

Sue Ross
Sue RossSupply Chain & Business Improvement Manager, Kaituna Sawmill, Onefortyone NZ LTD
Sue has been working in the forest industry for 25+ years in both the forestry and wood manufacturing sectors. Sue is a Chartered Accountant and has held Accounting and Analytical roles in both of these areas. Sue currently works at Kaituna Sawmill (Onefortyone NZ Ltd), as Supply Chain & Business Improvement Manager and has also worked for Carter Holt Harvey, Forestry Corporation and Fletcher Challenge Forests.

Sue is a strong supporter of the forest industry as a great place to work. She is an active member of the Smart and Connected – Forestry group and had active involvement in the “Future of Work” project and successfully worked on a project in conjunction with Te Uru Rakau – Matariki planting project which will involve the MDC and Enviroschools in the Blenheim region.

Tessa McCarthy
Tessa McCarthyForest Engineering Student, University of Canterbury

Student voice for NZIF

Tessa is a third-year Forestry Science student. She wants to make a real difference and a positive impact on the world. With our changing environment, forestry is the solution to protecting it. The area of forestry that interests Tessa is the consultancy space. She wants to help landowners to decide how they want to use their land. Whether this be for carbon, restoration, farm forestry, it is a space that I think I would enjoy.

Tegan Hardie
Tegan HardieBachelor of Forestry Science Student, University of Canterbury

NZIF member

Tegan is in her third year studying a Bachelor of Forestry Science at UC. She enjoys being outdoors and likes being part of a team. Once she graduates she wants to work in forest operations.

Kat Haerewa
Kat HaerewaCommunications & Coordinator, Southern North Island Wood Council
Kat is responsible for overseeing communications, events, and our Wāhine in Forestry professional development group. She is passionate about promoting the forestry industry and collaborating with our dedicated team to educate others.
Macey Buri
Macey BuriCompany Forester, Laurie Forestry

NZIF member

As a recent graduate from the SoF, Macey has kickstarted her career in the ETS and consultancy space. She enjoys the personable nature of working with woodlot owners to achieve sustainable and productive land use. She prides herself on being a task driven team member and looks forward to a diverse, adventure-filled career in forestry.

Heather Harper
Heather HarperForest Engineering Student, University of Canterbury
Heather is an enthusiastic 3rd year forest engineering student, looking forward to using her engineering skills to innovate in forestry in the future. She is passionate about seeing the excitement for forestry reflected in more people through forestry outreach.