Spotlight: Working in Forestry

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In this video produced by Southland Youth Futures, a local forestry company, Rayonier/Matarikia, outline the variety of roles that are available to those looking to work within the forestry industry. For more detailed information on the NZ forestry industry, training, career options and job opportunities, visit; Competenz (NZ Industry Training Organisation) – Harvesting Careers and/or Silviculture Careers University of Canterbury – School of Forestry Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – Department of Forestry and Resource Management

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

SWC Forestry Awards 2017

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2017 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South. Friday 12 May 2017 saw another outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. The function was the 2017 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards.

SWC Forest Products Scholarships 2017

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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 Logan Robertson, a Bachelor of Forestry Science student, studying at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. The Scholarship is the sixth that has been awarded to students as part of an annual scholarship programme set up by the Council in 2011. The annual scholarship awarded by the SWC is one of the most prestigious and valuable awarded to forestry students in New … Read More

SWC Forestry Awards 2016

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2016 Forestry training and success celebrated in the South   Around 120 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. In addition, nine major industry awards were presented to: Training Excellence Award – Modern Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Southern Wood Council) : Award Winner; Keanu Falconer, Shane Griffin Logging Training Excellence Award – Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting) (Sponsored by Rayonier/ Matariki Forests) : Award Winner; Wayde Lindsay, Shane Griffin Logging Training Excellence Award – Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture) … Read More

SWC Forestry Awards 2015

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2015 SWC Awards Programme The Southern Wood Council in conjunction with the country’s Industry Training Organisation, Competenz, runs an annual awards programme in the region. In 2015, the industry revamped the awards evening. A record turnout of close to 400 people who attended the 2015 event at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin on Friday 19 June 2015. Around 120 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Five major new awards were presented.