SWC Forest Products Scholarship 2020

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University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest industry honours with a major scholarship being awarded. This year’s Southern Wood Council (SWC) Scholarship has been awarded to Nic Melvin, a Bachelor of Forestry Science student, studying at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Nic, from a strong forestry and farming background in Dipton, Southland has also had long family history within the industry. Both sides of the family can trace their family history back to Southland’s early settlement way back in the 1860’s. His father has been a contract … Read More

SWC Awards 2020’s Guest Presenter: Simon McKinney

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The eagerly awaited 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is quickly approaching. On Friday, 8 May 2020, the forestry industry from throughout the lower South Island will meet for an evening of celebration in Dunedin. It’s the one event clearly marked on everyone’s forestry calendar. We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year is one of NZ’s best headline comedians, the multi-talented Simon McKinney. Simons unique skills have seen him become recognized as New Zealand’s leading stand up impressionist and a much sought-after comedian for both live, touring and corporate performances. His impressions of TV celebrities, the … Read More

City Forests contribution to the region

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Forestry may be getting a bad rap lately particularly from the farming community, but there is no arguing with its returns. Brent Melville logged some time with City Forests this week, discovering a truly biodiverse, sustainable industry on Dunedin’s back door. City Forests is now well into logging its third generation of forests. The company, which has held forestry investments since 1906, will celebrate its 30th anniversary of being a subsidiary of Dunedin City Holdings next year.  Since coming under DCHL ownership, the forestry estate has contributed more than $225million to the council — a nice round 1000% on the initial investment … Read More

Nominations are Open for 2020 SWC Forestry Awards

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The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is being held on Friday 8 May 2020 in Dunedin, New Zealand. This is the annual celebration of the forestry industry throughout the lower South Island. Nominations are now open for the 2020 awards. This is a unique opportunity to recognise those involved in training, in growing, processing and transporting wood and for those who support the industry through the provision of products and services. Now is the time to take time out to nominate an individual or company that has really stood out in 2019-20. The process of nominating has been kept as … Read More

The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards [New Date]

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Mark the date into your diaries, Friday 8 May 2020.  This is the date set down for the eagerly awaited 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. Every year the forestry industry from throughout the lower South Island meet for an evening of celebration in Dunedin. It’s the one event clearly marked on everyone’s forestry calendar. It’s the one event every year that continues to draw in 300-400 people directly employed in or associated with forest growing, wood harvesting, wood transport and timber processing from across the region to celebrate training and business success.  It’s a great night out. As well as the presentation of … Read More

Transpower / Forestry Workshop [2 Oct 2019]

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If you’re a forestry contractor, harvest planner, forestry manager or owner involved in wood harvesting operations in the Otago or Southland region, this workshop has been set up for you. It’s free. What’s more, if interested, it links into a dinner meeting set up for the local forestry industry at the venue, the first in three years. Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Venue: Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha When: 3.00pm – Afternoon Tea | 3.30pm – Workshop | 5.30pm – Drinks What’s been covered at the workshop?   National grid transmission lines often run through plantation forests. There are certain requirements for … Read More

Otago-Southland Forest Products Industry Dinner Meeting [2 Oct 2019]

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It’s time to gather as an industry again. It’s been a long winter, log prices have probably seen better days and it’s been now four years since collectively we got together to have a dinner and catch up on happenings from across the region. Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Venue: Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha When: 5.30pm – Drinks | 6.30pm – Dinner | 7.15pm – After-Dinner Presentation The Southern Wood Council (SWC), in conjunction with the local branch of the NZ Institute of Forestry and the Mid & South Otago Branches of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have planned an evening’s … Read More

Forestry opportunities offered to school students

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A group of young foresters put their best foot forward at Otago’s annual Careers Expo that ran in the town hall on Thursday 13 June.  Over 2000 secondary school students from about the region attended the event, with the purpose being to showcase future employment and career opportunities open to them. An incredible effort from the Southern Wood Council, member companies and other forestry and contracting businesses who had planned the stand in the lead up to the event meant that the forestry collective, which took up at least two stands, had the largest, most interactive, and one of the … Read More

Paige picking up top honour in forestry awards

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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

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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