The SWC Forestry Awards 2017

Held on Friday 12 May 2017, we saw another outstanding turnout by local forestry sector. Presenters and speakers at this year’s awards evening include; Jamie MacKay, Host of NZ’s New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show, The Country, Hon. Louise Upston, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, Hon. Michael Woodhouse, Minister for Workplace Relations & Safety, Wiremu Edmonds, Director and Safety Champion, Tuakiri Ltd, Fiona Kingsford, CEO, Competenz and guest speaker Warren Alcock, the NZ Rugby Players Association‘s first accredited players agent (representing more than 80 All Blacks including Ritchie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ben Smith and Aaron Smith).

Award Winners

Congratulations go to all the winners, the nominees, their employers and families. This year the SWC Forestry Awards went to:
Training Excellence Award - Apprentice of the YearSouthern Wood CouncilRyan Spillane, MJ Logging
Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting)Rayonier/ Matariki ForestsMartin Gordon-Glassford, Griffin Logging
Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture)Dynes TransportRussell Te Ngahue, X-Men
Skilled Professionals Awards – Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting)South Wood ExportAlistair McKenzie, Johnson Forestry Services
Skilled Professionals Awards – Wood Processing Excellence AwardUDCRodney Lonneker, Pankhurst Sawmilling
Skilled Professionals Awards – Forest Products/Logistics/Transport/Port AwardOil ImportsDesiree Hollister, C3
Industry Excellence Awards – Forestry Environmental Management Excellence AwardOtago Regional CouncilHeavyweight Hire
Industry Excellence Awards - Training Company/Contractor of the YearCity ForestsShane Griffin, Griffin Logging
Industry Excellence Awards - Forest Products Health & Safety Award Ernslaw OneBarry Wells, Port Blakeley
Tree Faller Certification – Otago SouthlandTen certificates for Professional Tree Faller Certification, a scheme that has been implemented in the Otago/Southland region were also awarded.

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