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2020 SWC Forestry Awards

This event has been cancelled

The SWC 2020 Forestry Awards has been cancelled. This decision was made after consultation with Members and is due to recent changes in travel policies across various organisations and the directive made by the NZ Government on Thursday 19 March.

Due to the current and unprecedented conditions around COVID-19, the Prime Minister’s announcement made yesterday on banning all meetings indoors in New Zealand to under 100 people and Health directives given on “social distancing”, the decision was made reluctantly on Tuesday 17 March to cancel this year’s SWC Forestry Training Awards that were scheduled to run on the evening of Friday 8 May in Dunedin. The Awards Evening has been rescheduled to run in May 2021. Once the final date has been confirmed with the venue, we will let you know.

What now?

It has been agreed that award nominations received this year for the 2020 Apprentice of the Year Award has still been independently judged. Apprentices, having completed an apprenticeship programme in the training year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 have but one opportunity to be eligible for this particular award so it’s only fitting that the industry is able to fully recognise their commitment to training.

The 2020 Apprentice of the Year Award has been awarded to Jordan Muru from MJ Logging. In addition, Jackson Hopkins of Mike Hurring Logging and Jackson McCallum from McCallum Harvesting has been named as runners-up for this award.  Click here to read the full details.

The many other excellent nominations the SWC received for the other eight awards for 2020 will be kept by the Council. Most can be used, after we make contact with each nominee, for the 2021 awards. Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to hosting the forestry training awards again with you in 2021.

Event Details

The 2020 SWC Forestry Awards Programme was scheduled for Friday 8 May 2020 in Dunedin, New Zealand. This date was eagerly awaited for 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 nine major forestry awards, framed national training certificates earned by employees across Otago and Southland during the year are also awarded on the night. The same location that’s worked so well for the industry for the last five years, the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has again been selected.

The awards evening is run by the Southern Wood Council in conjunction with Competenz. It’s supported financially by major forestry companies, wood producers and supporting equipment, product and service suppliers to the wider industry across the region.

2020 SWC Award Nominations

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 short and as straightforward as we can make it.

Full details are contained on the attached Awards Nomination Flyer. In addition to recognition on the night, a major trophy and an array of prizes are on offer to each of the award winners and runners up on the night.

Important Dates for Award Nominations:

  • Friday 13 March 2020 --- Award Nominations Close
  • Friday 20 March 2020 --- Award Judging
  • Friday 8 May 2020 --- Award Winners Announcement and 2020 Awards Function

Guest Presenter | Simon McKinney

One of NZ’s best Headline Comedians

Simon is one of NZs most multi-talented professional comedians. 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 famous and infamous and of course his iconic kiwi characters, the "kiwi lady", "that drunk guy" are now so well recognised they are mimicked by the NZ public.

At the 2011 NZ International Comedy Festival, Simon was nominated for the Festival's supreme award "The Fred" for his solo show "People". He is also a past Billy T Award Nominee, 2007 winner of the NZ Comedy Guild "Best Male Comedian" and in 2010 received the "Reilly Comedy Award" from the Variety Artists of New Zealand. Simon has also appeared on numerous television shows including "Pulp Comedy", many "Comedy Gala's, appearances on TV3's "AotearoHA" and TVNZ's "A Night At The Classic", "NZ Variety Show" and "Comedy Christmas Cracker". He has his own episode of TV2’s “The Year That Was”.

In 2011 Simon was invited to open for UK comedy great Tommy Tiernan and USA's Greg Proops. He is in constant demand on the corporate circuit and as a featured Cruise Ship entertainer where his unique style of quirky comedy charms audiences the world over.

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Over $3,000 in Prizes

In addition to prizes, trophies, framed certificates and cash on offer as part of the nine major awards on offer, well over $3000 of spot prizes for the 2020 awards evening have been set up for all those attending. Mark the date, Friday 8 May, into your 2020 diary.

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Award Categories

There are nine awards in total. Please refer to the nomination form above for further details on Award criteria, eligibility and prizes.
Apprentice of the Year Award

This award recognises an individual’s commitment to self-development and skill achievement through the modern apprenticeship programme. It is focussed on new entrants to the forestry and wood products industries who have displayed a real commitment to the industry and to training.

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Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting) Award

This award recognises an individual’s commitment to self-development and skill achievement in harvesting operations through industry training.

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Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture) Award

This award recognises an individual’s commitment to self-development and skill achievement in forestry and silvicultural operations through industry training.

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Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting)

This award recognises an individual who works within one of these areas in forestry operations and demonstrates excellence beyond best practice guidelines. This award recognises crew managers, crew foreman or supervisors or others in leadership positions.

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Wood Processing Excellence Award

This award recognises an individual who works within wood processing or manufacturing and demonstrates excellence beyond best practice guidelines.

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Forest Products Logistics/Transport Excellence Award

This award recognises an individual who works within one of these distribution and wood handling areas in the supply chain (including log truck drivers, dispatch and port workers) and demonstrates excellence beyond best practice guidelines.

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Training Contractor/ Company of the Year Award

This award recognises an individual contractor or company that demonstrates a successful and purposeful commitment to people development through industry training.

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Forestry/Wood Products Health & Safety Excellence Award

This award recognises an individual or company that demonstrates above and beyond the general compliance of H&S policies and regulations within the forestry industry.

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Forestry Environmental Management Excellence Award

This award recognises an individual or company working in the forestry industry or a forestry company that has consistently demonstrated practices extending above and beyond the normal compliance with environmental management rules and regulations within the forestry industry.

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Wanting further information?

Keep an eye out for further updates. If you have any questions on the 2020 awards evening – as an award nominee or if you would like to be involved as an early sponsor or supporter to the 2020 awards event – please contact Brent Apthorp on Tel: 03 470 1902 or 021 227 5177 or Email: brent.apthorp@southernwoodcouncil.co.nz.

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2020 Awards & Event Sponsors
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2020 Awards Supporters
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