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The Management Team manages and administers the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative. Project Manager Paul Millen Project Chairman Shaf van Ballekom, Proseed Deputy Chairman/Finance Manager Gerald Hope, Marlborough Research Centre Science Team Adviser Professor Bruce Manley, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Science Team Leader Dr Clemens Altaner, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Executive Administrator Mandy Mitchell, Marlborough Research Centre Secretary/Data Manager Kevan Buck, Marlborough Research Centre The NZDFI’s home base is the Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim.
The Science Team ensures rigorous science is applied to our tree breeding work and to the novel techniques being developed for testing wood quality. Science Team Leader/Wood Scientist Dr Clemens Altaner, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Productivity and Growth Modelling Dr Euan Mason, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Site x Species Interactions Dr Justin Morgenroth, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Insect Pests Dr Tara Murray, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Tree geneticist Dr Luis Apiolaza, University of Canterbury School of Forestry Tree Breeder and Field Specialist Dr Ruth McConnochie, consultant Propagation Specialist Paul Schroeder, Proseed GIS and Geodatabase Specialist Roger May, consultant The Science Team is supported by Shaf van Ballekom, Paul Millen and Kevan Buck (all Management Team members).
The Regional Working Group is responsible for developing and implementing the NZDFI Regional Strategy, including regional extension, education and training. Regional Working Group Chair Clive Paton, Ata Rangi Wines Corporate Growers Representative Sean McBride, Juken NZ Ltd Gisborne District Council Robert Daunton Greater Wellington Regional Council David Boone Hawkes Bay Regional Council Ben Douglas and Madeline Hall Marlborough District Council Matt Oliver NZFFA Branch representative Ed Saathof, Hawkes Bay Communications Harriet Palmer The NZDFI Regional Working Group is supported by Shaf van Ballekom, Paul Millen, Euan Mason, Ruth McConnochie and Gerald Hope (all members of either the NZDFI Management or Science teams.)
The landowners hosting our network of trials are the cornerstone upon which the success of NZDFI vision depends. Their properties are spread across our target eastern dryland area. These landowners and other trial managers are guardians to the trees that are the foundation of NZ’s new hardwood industry.