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 and Events

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

Forestry lessons from Covid lockdowns

It’s been almost a year since New Zealand had a 4-week nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19. We caught up with some of our WIF members on specific things they learned during the disruptions, so thatRead more

Tackling challenges with a proactive approach

Working alongside husband Hayden, Sarah Wilson is helping to run their Logging Contracting business Mahuta Logging. While tackling the recent challenges of the log price downturn, Covid-19 lockdown,Read more

Driver check for peace of mind

NZTA have a driver check service to help you keep up to date about what licenses your workers hold. This is a handy tool for contractors, helping to reduce your stress levels when managing workRead more

Jodie's Heart and Soul

After more than 13 years working alongside husband Bruiser, Jodie Phillips says it’s all about the people and caring for the extended Whanau they’ve created through their harvesting businessRead more

Managing Personal Finances in the Downturn

Everything that’s currently happening in the forestry industry is unprecedented. Financially, it’s getting more difficult for both contractors and workers to stay afloat every day, with less orRead 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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