Paige picking up top honour in forestry awards


Paige Harland was born to be in the bush.  Miss Harland (21) comes from a Southland family who have sap in their blood over three generations. Named apprentice of the year at the recent 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards, she works for Harland Brothers Logging. The business was established by her grandfather and great-uncle, later taken over by her uncle Peter and is now run by her cousins Jesse and Corrie Harland.  Being in the family business was “awesome”, particularly as they were now working on blocks that earlier generations had cut down 30 years ago, she said. Miss … Read More

The future in forestry – a combined approach


Southern forestry employers are adopting a collaborative approach to ensure the next generation of workers are not only keen on what the industry can offer but have the necessary skills to take on these positions. In order to showcase opportunities available and ignite interest, a forestry careers day was held in Winton on March 21, dubbed ‘Be the Future of Forestry. Hosted by Southland Youth Futures in partnership with Acacia Farmery and other local members of the newly-formed Future Foresters Group, the day was a great success and there are talks to replicate the format in Otago. With a turnout … Read More

Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South


Last Friday saw an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand.  The function was the 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. The Council, representing all major forest owners and wood processing companies in Otago and Southland ran the 2019 Awards programme in conjunction with the country’s industry training organisation, Competenz. In addition to profiling the contribution that forestry and those working within the industry are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the night was really designed to celebrate the success of those that had … Read More

The future of forestry for Southland schools


Southland students have been encouraged to become the future of forestry.  To coincide with the UN International Day of Forests, a forestry careers day was held on Thursday 21 March to introduce students to the many varied jobs available in forestry in Southland, New Zealand. Held at the Winton Salvation Army, the event attracted 70 students including eight students who travelled from Tokomairiro High School in Milton, where they are involved in forestry classes two days a week. Students were able to learn about the harvesting, management, environmental and new technology aspects of forestry from speakers from Rayonier Matariki Forests … Read More

Inaugural Forestry Scholarship Recipients Named


Three Southern tertiary students are among the eight recipients of an inaugural forestry scholarship. The Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships were developed to encourage young, talented individuals into the forestry industry. They were available to Maori and/or female students enrolling in a bachelor of forestry science or bachelor of engineering (Hons) in forest engineering. The scholarships were presented by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones at a ceremony at the University of Canterbury. The recipients included Max Gomez, from Dunedin, Hannah Humphreys, from Wanaka, and Nicholas Melvin, from Winton. Over the past five years, fewer than a … Read More

Southern forestry training course starts


A new forestry training course set up by Tokomairiro Training in partnership in the lower South Island of New Zealand with Johnson Forestry Service has attracted considerable interest.  It began last week with four pupils from East Otago High School, two from Taieri College and two from Tokomairiro High School signing up. Tokomairiro Training operates under the NZQA accreditation of Tokomairiro High School from a site in Milton.  Programme manager Lynda Allan said she was pleased with the response.  The forestry industry could take 50 people into the industry immediately following basic training, Tokomairiro Training forestry tutor Alistair McKenzie said. … Read More

Scott Thomas – multi-million dollar machine operator


Scott Thomas is a young man with an exciting future. Aged just 21, he is currently working for Gamble Forest Harvesting in a fully mechanised 8-man hauler crew. Scott has found his passion, and that is driving big harvesting machines. I caught up with Scott in Flagstaff Forest, part of the City Forests estate high above Dunedin, during a visit with Kevin Marsh, City Forest’s harvesting and OSH coordinator. Here the crew was operating at full tilt, with a daily harvest of 500-600 tonnes of second-rotation radiata pine. This equates to 18-20 truckloads of logs leaving the skid site every … Read More

2019 Forestry Award Nominations


This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in training, in growing, processing and transporting wood and for those who support the industry through the provision of products and services. It’s an opportunity to come together to celebrate success – and to celebrate the contribution that the forestry sector is making to the community and economy – in the lower South Island. To ensure the success of these and ongoing awards, take the time to nominate an individual or company that has stood out in 2018-19. The process of nominating has been kept as short and as straightforward as … Read More

2019 SWC Awards Guest Presenter


Davey Hughes, Founder, Swazi Most working in forestry know of the kiwi outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI® Proudly designed and manufactured in New Zealand, they’ve been at the forefront of producing well designed, hard wearing and incredibly popular outdoor leisure clothing. For those of you who hunt or spend time in the outdoors as your pastime, you’ll all own or aspire to owning a piece of their sought-after clothing range. We’re very pleased to announce that the man behind the highly-successful SWAZI®outdoor clothing label will be the guest presenter at 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. Swazi founder Davey Hughes has … Read More

2019 SWC Forestry Awards Programme


Mark the date into your diary. Yes, it’s that time again. The forestry awards programme for the lower South Island is running again in 2019. This will be the fifth major awards evening for the industry in the lower South Island. Feedback after last year’s awards was excellent. The turnout each year continues to be by far, the largest annual gathering of forestry and wood products companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the region. Every year, well over 350 people from the industry attend. The 2019 Southern Wood Council (SWC) Forestry Awards evening is shaping up again to be … Read More