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NZ Arb Milestones

Year  Event
1989 NZ Arb established – incorporated within the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH).
1993 First NZ Arb ‘Newsletter’ created – as part of the RNZIH magazine.
1994 First issue of Tree Matters magazine printed in July.
1994 Ronald Flook Award presented for the first time.
1995 First ITCC-formatted Tree Climbing competition held at the Christchurch Conference.
1996 NZ Arb detaches from the RNZIH to become a distinct and separate organisation, becoming the 32nd Chapter of the ISA.
1996 First stand-alone Annual Conference held by NZ Arb in Auckland.
1997 The New Zealand Men’s Tree Climbing champion competes at the ITCC in the USA for the first time.
1998 Regional Tree Climbing Competitions proposed in April and first one held in October that year – Auckland TCC.
1999 Three ‘Regional’ TCCs and a National Championship held in same year.
2003 First Women’s NTCC event held in Tauranga.
2004 NZ Arb becomes an Incorporated Society.
2004 The New Zealand Women’s Tree Climbing champion competes at the ITCC in the USA, for the first time.
2005 Chrissy Spence (NZ Women’s Tree Climbing champion ‘04) becomes the World Champion at the ITCC in Nashville, USA.
2006 Elena O’Neill (NZ Women’s Tree Climbing champion ‘05) becomes the World Champion at the ITCC in Minneapolis, USA.
2007 Chrissy Spence (NZ Women’s Tree Climbing champion ‘06) becomes the World Champion for the second time at the ITCC in Hawaii, USA.
2008 New Zealander, Mark Roberts, becomes a Vice-President of the ISA – only the fourth non-American to have held the post and the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
2011 New Zealanders Scott Forrest and Chrissy Spence both become World Champions at the ITCC in Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
James Kilpatrick wins the Asia-Pacific TCC title for the third time in succession.
2012 New Zealander, Mark Roberts, installed as President Elect for 2013 and will become the President of the ISA in 2014; the first-ever Australasian and only the second non-American to hold the post.
2013 New Zealanders Scott Forrest and Nicky Ward-Allen both become World Champions at the ITCC in Toronto, Canada.
2014 New Zealander, Mark Roberts, becomes the ISA President - only the second non-American to hold the post.
2014 New Zealander Scott Forrest becomes World Champion at the ITCC in Milwaukee, Michigan, USA.


NZ Arb Past Presidents

1989-1992 Martin Herbert
1993-1995 Frank Buddingh
1996-1999 Bryan Gould (two terms)
2000-2001 Brad Cadwallader
2002-2003 Mark Roberts
2004-2005 Trevor Gardiner
2006-2007 David Glenn
2008-2009 Richard Wanhill
2010-2011 Rick Mexted
2012-2013 Bruce MacDonald
2014-2015 Chris Walsh
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