Support for female forestry business owners

Women in Forestry is a grassroots network of women working in the New Zealand forestry industry. We have a focus on supporting female business owners, who are often under immense pressure running their businesses. 

Why Join Women in Forestry?


Get invited to training and seminars hosted by Women in Forestry and our partners, on soft skills and techincal topics. 


Access relevant support from our members and business partners including mentoring through our member network.


Connect with like-minded business owners who are women working in your industry. They understand the challenges you face in your business, as they're facing them as well.


Help us help you by letting us advocate on your behalf. Sometimes it's difficult for an individual to speak up, but as a collective voice we have your back. 


Celebrate the successes of women in our industry through our e-newsletter, social media and events.


Get to know your peers and learn from each other by sharing on our platforms and at our events. 

Our Programmes

When you join Women in Forestry, you'll be able to pick and choose from relevant support on offer, including access to our events, updates and benefits that best suit your business.

Latest News

Women in Forestry meet in Rotorua

Our Rotorua Roundup event was held on Thursday 12 May 2022. It was great to reconnect with so many women of forestry after all the disruptions Covid has brought.  With a great line up of informativeRead more

Regional Update - Juliette Allen

'We’re not having much pain at the moment, a lot of our wood is being directed to Kiwi lumber rather than export. I’ve noticed in the trucking yards a lot more trucks parked up so there mustn’tRead more

Regional Update - Sarah Wilson

'North Waikato/South Auckland regional update The latest industry downturn has impacted our region in different ways with reports of “business as usual” from contractors supplying Indian marketsRead more

Regional Update - Erika Herries

'As always with any kind of blip or downturn, Gisborne is 1st cab off the rank for what I'd call 'evasive manoeuvers'! At least 10 crews have been given notice (ours included). Some have been stoppedRead more

Regional Update - Julie Yeoman

Central North Island - Like everyone else, we are watching closely the developments of the decline in industry demand and the direct impact this is having on our colleagues particularly on the EastRead more

Let’s Keep Working, Let’s Get Vaccinated Giveaway

Women in Forestry, Shaws and Life of a Bushman are working together to bring you this awesome giveaway. Get fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and go into our Women in Forestry Vaccination Draw. PrizeRead more

Kristy Ready for the Challenge

Qualified Chartered Accountant and Northland Contractor Kristy Kewene has joined the Women in Forestry Board, bringing a raft of governance and finance experience underpinned by practical contractingRead more

Loving Logging

Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa, Allen Logging’s Juliette Allen didn’t ever imagine she’d end up with a logging business. But when husband Mike had the opportunity to startRead more

Giving Back

Jonny Schick, owner of Shaw's in Cambridge, has a reputation for innovation and building strong relationships throughout the forestry industry. He recently pledged kick-starter funding to the WomenRead more

Increase in sick leave entitlement

There have been some recent changes to employment law that you may not be aware of and will affect your business if you have staff members.Read more

Appreciating Ange

Fast Harvesting’s Ange Alexander met her husband Smiley across the bar in Tirau Pub. Many years later, with 3 adult children, 6 logging crews and a bunch of good memories, she’s looking back onRead more

Competenz Apprenticeship Boost

Apprenticeship Boost helps employers support new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training in a level 4 apprenticeship qualification with a wage subsidy. You could receive up toRead more

Join Now!

When you join Women in Forestry, you'll have access to our great package of membership benefits and programmes including training, workshops, networking, knowledge sharing and advocacy. 

"I was nervous coming along but was pleasantly surprised to find a group of like-minded women with similar experiences. Having people that understand this volatile industry with its ups and downs has been great, because I'm often quite isolated in my role"

Past Event Attendee


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