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2022 SWC Forestry Awards

Friday 26 August 2022, Dunedin, New Zealand

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.

Because of the current spread of Omicron within the community and restrictions being imposed by the NZ Government and Ministry of Health on indoor meetings, for the safety of the local forestry industry who’ll be attending, it has been decided to postpone the awards evening from that originally scheduled, Friday 27 May 2022. The Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is being run now on Friday 26 August 2022 at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

An Industry Celebration

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. There’s no cost to attend, drinks and finger food are supplied and an array of high-value spot prizes are now being drawn throughout the evening.

Venue and format

The same location that’s worked so well for the industry for the last six years, the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has again been selected for 2022. 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 major equipment, product and service suppliers to the wider industry across the region.

Wanting further information?

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

Date

Friday 26 August 2022 | 5.30 - 9,30pm

Location

Corporate Lounges, Fourth Floor
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand

Key Dates

  • 29 April 2022 | Award Nominations Close
  • 26 August 2022 | Award Winners Announced at 2022 Awards Function
SWC Awards 2022 | Nominations Form

Covid-19 Update

Since 2020, Covid-19 has had a major impact on how we work, network and grow our businesses. Things have changed in 2022. High community vaccination rates have enabled the New Zealand government to lift the regulations put in place during the pandemic.

  • Indoor mask use is the only requirement when New Zealand's covid traffic light system is set to 'Red' or 'Orange'. While mask use is still encouraged, masks are not needed when the country is ‘Green’.
  • For the latest Covid-19 regulations, please check the New Zealand Government Covid19 website.

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 2021 awards evening have been set up for all those attending.

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Special Guest Presenter

Tangaroa Walker

Tangaroa Walker (known as T around the community) is a successful dairy farmer today, but he didn’t start out that way. T’s early years were pretty rough. Adopted twice, he went to six different schools by the time he was six. He never read a book in his life and lived to play rugby. But he had a dream, and he knew how to do the mahi. And through dedication, hard work, and a drive to help others, T aims to make a difference every day throughout the farming community and beyond.

Today, T is a true community and industry leader running a successful 500-cow dairy farm and reaching millions as the much-loved face of Farm4Life with his practical, inspiring, crack-up videos on everything from farming to fishing, finance to whanau, and mental health management. As well as the much-loved face of Farm4Life he is involved in the online education platform the Hub that’s delivering the education farmers need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Running a successful dairy farm in Southland, New Zealand makes him a builder, plumber, electrician, engineer, truck driver, vet, accountant, employer, employee and primary ITO trainee. His passion is evident and his delivery is like no other in the industry. You can head over to Farm4life and follow his journey or come along to the 2022 Southern Wood Council Forestry Training Awards on 26 August 2022 in Dunedin.

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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 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.

To be eligible for this award the apprentice must:

  • Demonstrate a successful and purposeful commitment to personal development through industry training. This includes a consistent training programme, culture and vision.
  • Have completed an apprenticeship programme through Competenz in the training year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.
  • Have their nomination supported by the General Manager/Managing Director/CEO or company principal.

Note: Training provider organisations are not eligible for this award.

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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. To be eligible for this award the trainee must:

  • Demonstrate a successful and purposeful commitment to personal development through industry training.
  • Have completed a minimum of 1 National Certificate in the training year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and have a record of ongoing training with national certification.
  • Demonstrate a high quality and productivity of work output.
  • Have their nomination supported by the General Manager/Managing Director/CEO or company principal.

Note: Apprentices who are in a continuing Apprenticeship programme or who completed their Apprenticeship during the training year are not eligible for this award.

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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. To be eligible for this award the trainee must:

  • Demonstrate a successful and purposeful commitment to personal development through industry training.
  • Have completed a minimum of 1 National Certificate in the training year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and have a record of training achievement through national certification.
  • Demonstrate a high quality and productivity of work output
  • Have their nomination supported by the General Manager/Managing Director/CEO or company principal.

Note: Apprentices who are in a continuing Apprenticeship programme or who completed their Apprenticeship during the training year are not eligible for this award.

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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. To be eligible for this award the individual must:

  • Demonstrate a high quality and productivity of work output.
  • Show evidence of on-going training.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the workplace assisting others and bringing about positive change
  • Comply to environmental and H&S practices.
  • Be recognised by their peers, company, clients and wider industry.

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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. To be eligible for this award the individual must:

  • Demonstrate a high quality and productivity of work output
  • Show evidence of on-going training
  • Demonstrate leadership in the workplace assisting others and bringing about positive change
  • Comply to environmental and H&S practices
  • Be recognised by their peers, company, clients and wider industry

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Women in Forestry Excellence Award

This award recognises an individual woman, who demonstrates excellence across a range of skills beyond best practice guidelines and essentially has worked “over and above” in any area of the forestry and wood products industries – silviculture, harvesting, forest management, processing, logistics or H&S.

To be eligible for this award the individual must:

  • Demonstrate a high quality of work output
  • Demonstrate productivity in their work output
  • Show evidence of on-going training
  • Comply with environmental and health & safety practises
  • Be recognised by their peers and employers
  • Show good character being positive, honest and reliable

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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. To be eligible for this award the contractor or company must:

  • Demonstrate a successful and purposeful commitment to people development through industry training. This includes a consistent training programme with the majority of company employees in training or have completed training.
  • Demonstrate that the company has developed a strong training culture and vision.
  • Have a Competenz training history of at least 2 years.
  • Have their nomination supported by the General Manager/Managing Director/CEO or similar of the nominating organisation.

Note: Training provider organisations are not eligible for this award. Please indicate on your nomination form whether the company being nominated for this award has 10 or less or more than 10 employees. This is designed to ensure both smaller and larger companies are being judged accordingly for efforts made in industry training over the year.

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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. To be eligible for this award the individual or company must have:

  • Demonstrated leadership in H&S including building a H&S culture in their business
  • Exceeded the baseline health and safety standards as per the approved code of practice for Health & Safety in Forest Operations and Competenz Best Practice Guidelines.
  • Demonstrated that their business has been significantly accident free with very little lost time through injury
  • Possibly managed a specific event or initiative with outstanding merit.
  • Demonstrated a new or innovative health & safety product which will be of advantage to 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. To be eligible for this award the individual or company must demonstrate that they have:

  1. Complied with all local Council environmental and consent regulations.
  2. Consistently met or exceeded environmental best practice requirements.
  3. Managed a specific event with outstanding use of best or innovative practices that benefit the environment, or have developed or implemented a new or innovative product or process that will benefit both the industry and environment.
  4. Consistently implemented the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, the NZ Forest Practice Guides, the NZ Forest Road Engineering Manual and other relevant environmental standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council requirements.

Note: All award nominations have to be from individuals or companies currently employed or operating in the forest and wood products industries in the lower South Island.

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SWC Awards 2022 | Nominations Form
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Wanting further information?

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

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