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The SWC Forestry Awards 2019

The 2019 Southern Wood Council Awards programme was held on Friday, 24 May 2019, at the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin. This event was run in conjunction with Competenz.

Once again, we saw an outstanding turnout, with well over 300 forest managers, forestry contractors, transport operators and product and service suppliers from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. These Awards are the most widely attended and supported forestry event in the region.

The message on the value of the awards evening has certainly found it’s mark with many companies bringing through all of their staff and workers, from Invercargill through to Timaru. One local contractor, for example, brought through close to 40 of their workers to celebrate their achievements in picking up training qualifications over the year as well as rewarding the harvesting crews for their efforts over the year.

Presenters and speakers at the 2019 awards evening included Jamie MacKay, Host of NZ’s New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show, The Country and the awards guest speaker Davey Hughes, founder of the well-known NZ outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI. As well as being a businessman, Davey is a mad-keen hunter, conservationist, adventurer and was able to relate well to his audience and entertain all on the night with just a few of his life stories.

Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.


Award Winners

Congratulations go to all the winners, the nominees, their employers and families. This year the SWC Forestry Awards went to:
AwardSponsored ByAward Winner
Training Excellence Awards:
Apprentice of the YearSouth Wood ExportPaige Harland, Harland Bros
Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting)Rayonier / Matariki ForestsHemi Pickett, Ferris Logging & Logan Bennett, Mike Hurring Logging
Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture)Port BlakelyAdam McLennan, Johnson Forestry Services
Skilled Professionals Awards:
Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting)Wenita Forest ProductsBilly Tredinnick, Forestry Training Services
Wood Processing Excellence AwardUDCJamie Carr, Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago)
Forest Products/Logistics/Transport/Port AwardPan Pac Forest Products (Otago)Stephen Gray, NFA Holdings & Craig Unahi, NFA Holdings
Industry Excellence Awards:
Forestry Environmental Management Excellence AwardOtago Regional CouncilMatt Winmill, Gillion Logging
Training Company/Contractor of the YearCity ForestsJohnson Forestry Services
Forest Products Health & Safety AwardErnslaw OneDynes Transport
Harvesting Apprentices - Otago Southland:
Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony.

Event Sponsors

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