Trevor Mitchell from the Ministry of Works and Development initiated formation of the Society which held its inaugural meeting on 7th November 1979. Also at the meeting were Dr Bryan Walford, Bob Gale, Murray Mitchel and Wally Dixon.
To foster the advancement of knowledge relating to the design of timber structures and elements
The regular publication of technical papers, including research reports, technical notes, reports on successful design and construction methods, design procedures and sample designs.
The dissemination of up to date information relating to design, manufacturing and construction processes and techniques.
The promotion of regular seminars both at national and local level.
The promotion of research activities.
The provision of guidance and assistance in the education and practical training of designers.
The promotion of New Zealand Standards to ensure the economic and efficient use of timber buildings and other structures.
From early on TDS was aligned as a technical group of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) (now Engineering New Zealand) as many members were engineers, however membership has always been open to other people with an interest in timber design such as architects and scientists.
1978 - 1980
1981 - 1983
1986 - 1987
1988 - 1990
1991 - 1993
1994 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2002
2002 - May 2003
May 2003 - Dec 2006
Dec 2006 - Feb 2007
Feb 2007 - Feb 2010
Feb 2010 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013 - March 2016
March 2016 - Feb 2018
Feb 2018 - Feb 2021
Feb 2021 - Present
International Conferences hosted
1984 PTEC 1984 Pacific Timber Engineering Conference
1989 PTEC 1989 Pacific Timber Engineering Conference
1999 PTEC 1999 Pacific Timber Engineering Conference
2012 WCTE 2012 World Conference on Timber Engineering