Invercargill City Forests Limited is an Invercargill based company that owns forestry assets.

The company is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Invercargill City Holdings Limited, who in turn are owned 100 per cent by the Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill City Forests Limited currently have 3,000 hectares of land on which plantation forest are planted. These forests are predominately planted in Pinus Radiata with some Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus varieties.

Invercargill City Forests Limited have a philosophy of full silviculture and forest management practices to ensure that the forest crop is presented in the best possible condition upon harvesting.

The company has a sustainable harvest programme that ensures that the trees are harvested at optimal times to ensure a consistent return to the shareholder.

Board Members

Alastair McKenzie


Alastair joined the Board of Invercargill city Forests in 2011 after completing tenure as a Director of Invercargill Airport Limited.

He has served as Director and Chairman of several Companies across a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, professional sport, health and marketing.

Alastair is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

Les Pullar


Les is a retired Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Otago University.

He lives in Waikouaiti and is active in local affairs in this community.

Mel Montgomery


Mel works as an accountant in an Invercargill based Chartered Accountancy firm, preparing financial statements for a wide range of small to medium clients.

Her other governance roles are as Chair of Lochiel School Board of Trustees, and Executive Member of Phoenix Synchro Southland.  She is also a part-time farmer.

Mel holds a degree in Commerce from Otago University and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Ben Nettleton


Ben is a consultant solicitor with French Burt Partners Solicitors practicing in corporate and commercial law, a role he shares with outside work in governance, consulting and sports management.

His current governance roles include Southern Health School, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Committee / Bloodstock Syndication Supervisory Panel, Southland Disability Enterprises Limited and a Director appointment through Guardian Trust as Director of a significant farming asset.

Ben is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds degrees in law and commerce from Otago University.