Southern forestry training course starts

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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

Southland Youth Futures working with students

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Southland Youth Futures is a community programme being run in the lower part of New Zealand. It’s linking young people with career and training opportunities in primary sector-related industries – farming, horticulture, forestry, primary processing, manufacturing, trades, environmental monitoring, science and technology, professional support services (farm consulting, accountancy, legal etc), exporting. Local forestry company, Rayonier Matariki, actively supports the programme, as coordinator Allison Beckham explains. “Southland Youth Futures began in mid-2015 and has been growing steadily ever since. We work with almost 60 employers; all 15 secondary schools in Southland (and one in West Otago); training providers; foundation studies providers; … Read More

Forestry apprentices growing the industry

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In a recent issue of Friday Offcuts, we asked for more good news stories to profile the industry, particularly to the younger generation. Attached is one supplied by Rayonier Matariki Forests. The company is stumping up tuition fees for its Southland contractors to train their apprentices in a bid to encourage school leavers to join the NZ forestry industry. Tuatapere brothers, Jackson and Ethan McCallum are the first to sign up to the apprentice programme being offered through Rayonier Matariki Forests. Jackson (18) and Ethan (16) leapt at the opportunity to get a qualification in the industry they love. Their … Read More

Future Foresters quick growing

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A group of young New Zealand foresters is working to raise the profile of their industry and provide support for those looking to develop careers in the sector. The Future Foresters group grew out of the NZ Institute of Forestry conference last September and has got off to a strong start, with some 200 members already on the books. As well as raising awareness of the industry, the group aims to encourage people into the industry and make the wider community aware of the employment opportunities in forestry. The group is unashamedly modelled on the Young Farmers organisation and hopes … Read More

Careers in Forestry

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Check out the stories of three young women, Pauline Edge, Acacia Farmery and Briony Hooper, who have all recently picked forestry for their future career. The training and jobs now being undertaken by all of them are as diverse and exciting as the industry. Further information can be found at the Careers in Forestry section of the SWC website.

NZ Forest Industry Important Nationally, Regionally and Environmentally – NZIER Report

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A report on the plantation forest industry has highlighted its value to national and regional economies, as well as forestry’s beneficial effect on New Zealand’s ecology. The NZIER Report was commissioned by the New Zealand Forest Owners Association and Farm Forestry Association. The Report has found the forestry and logging sector is worth $1.4 billion to the national GDP, making a substantially larger contribution to GDP than either the sheep meat or beef sectors. Forestry is hugely important for many provincial economies. The Report details that our production has gone from 10 million cubic metres of timber in 1989, to … Read More