Top spot

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WHILE THE NA­TION WAS IM­MERSED IN the tense bat­tles dur­ing the Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions tour, not to men­tion the rac­ing in the Amer­ica’s Cup over the past few weeks, there has been stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the forests, too.

It looks like ev­ery­one in the bush has stepped up yet again this year and it has be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate the top peo­ple. In this is­sue, we bring you more photos of top achiev­ers from the ‘Pool of Death’ in first pe­riod of 2017.

They are among those who have showed the at­ti­tude and skills to fea­ture in the top re­sults for that pe­riod.

The high stan­dards be­ing set by our par­tic­i­pat­ing crews is at­tract­ing more at­ten­tion around the coun­try, help­ing Top Spot to grow. This month we also wel­come to the pro­gramme DH Log­ging from Otago, Swain Log­ging from In­ver­cargill and Lum­ber­jack Log­ging from Gis­borne, with more par­tic­i­pants to be an­nounced!

They have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally en­dorsed the com­pe­ti­tion and are keen to rate them­selves against the best in the in­dus­try.

Spon­sors – they don’t have to do this but they choose to!

Awe­some com­pa­nies, awe­some peo­ple and awe­some sup­port!

They back you and your work­mates to suc­ceed as pro­fes­sion­als, so why wouldn’t you sup­port them.

They be­lieve in what we do and what you do.

So a big on­go­ing thank you to our Strate­gic Part­ners – STIHL and NZ Logger and spon­sor SWAZI.

The best way to keep our in­dus­try work­ing is to get out and sup­port those busi­nesses that sup­port New Zealand.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing Com­pa­nies

This com­pe­ti­tion wouldn’t be what it is with­out our par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies.

We un­der­stand the com­mit­ment it takes from them to be part of Top Spot and value their on­go­ing sup­port and feed­back.

Our on­go­ing thanks to Ray­onier/ Matariki Forests, Nel­son Forests, Wenita For­est Prod­ucts, Port Blakely, Crown Forestry, Fraser Log­ging, Brand Log­ging, CMH Log­ging, Phillips Log­ging, Hau­raki and Moe­hau Log­ging, Grif­fin Log­ging, Roxburgh Log­ging, Thomassen Log­ging, Te Waa Log­ging, Lake­land Ca­ble Log­ging, Logged on Log­ging, Pakiri Log­ging, Rosewarne Ca­ble Log­gers, Inta-Wood Forestry, Otau­tau Con­tract­ing, SAW Con­tract­ing, Hes­lip Sil­vi­cu­ture, Waikato Forestry Ser­vices, Hodg­son Sil­vi­cul­ture, SFNL, Mak­erik­eri Sil­vi­cul­ture, Man­goihe Log­ging, Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing, To­haia Forestry Har­vest­ing, Kuru Con­tract­ing, DH Log­ging, Swain Log­ging and Lum­ber­jack Log­ging.

With the changes brought in un­der the HSW Act 2015, what bet­ter way to get an in­de­pen­dent view of your op­er­a­tions in a proac­tive man­ner than bring­ing them into Top Spot.

So, when you are think­ing about the changes you need to make to your busi­ness as a for­est owner, for­est man­ager or con­trac­tor, think about be­com­ing part of the pro­gramme!

Con­tact Shane Per­rett on 0274 781 908, 07 3483037 or at primefm


Fraser 03 was last year’s top crew and is al­ready send­ing out a warn­ing that this team will be hard to beat again, with (from left) Scott Friedrich, first-equal in Gen­eral Ma­chine Op­er­a­tion, Cody McCar­ri­son, sec­ond in Ground Base Ex­trac­tion, Nigel Gibb­son, first-equal in Ma­chine Op­er­a­tion on the Land­ing and Tony Fraser (crew man­ager), first-equal in Skid­work.

Three top per­form­ers from Nel­son’s FML 820, from left, Ja­son Hol­ly­man, who was first in Ground Base Ex­trac­tion, Char­lie Thom­son, who was first-equal in Mech­a­nised Felling / Pro­cess­ing and Kevin Wil­liams, who was third in Ground Base Ex­trac­tion.

Prince Wills, of Pakiri Log­ging 25, was first in Yarder.

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