Shayne re­warded for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism in North­land awards

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A MAN WHO LEADS BY EX­AM­PLE WAS CROWNED THE North­land Forestry Skilled Pro­fes­sional of the Year be­fore nearly 500 of his peers at the an­nual awards.

Shayne Maxwell was awarded the pres­ti­gious and much sought-af­ter tro­phy by Forestry Min­is­ter, Louise Up­ston, at last month’s cer­e­mony.

He was nom­i­nated for three cat­e­gories – Health & Safety, Felling and Har­vest­ing, and, en route to the supreme award, took out the In­di­vid­ual Har­vest­ing Ex­cel­lence Award, and was joint win­ner of the Out­stand­ing Health and Safety Man­age­ment award.

Shayne works as a health and safety man­ager and com­pany trainer for Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing, but still keeps his hand in as a faller, breaker out and hauler driver.

He grew up in the cen­tral North Is­land, start­ing his forestry ca­reer in ground base and hauler log­ging be­fore mov­ing his fam­ily to North­land.

Shayne is known for his in­tegrity, morals, char­ac­ter and val­ues, which he in­te­grates into his work days.

Not one to sit on his lau­rels, Shayne is part way through a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy, which he is al­ready putting to good use out in the forests. He works on mind­ful­ness and other plat­forms to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to main­tain safe prac­tice.

His em­ploy­ers say he brings mana to their com­pany and as an ex­pert hauler driver and faller, can truly walk in the shoes of oth­ers he works with.

Shayne de­vel­oped the health and safety sys­tems, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on fall­ing and break­ing out, for Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing. He pi­o­neered the use of video and pho­to­graphs for the com­pany, record­ing faller be­hav­iour and tech­niques and us­ing them to teach crews.

He has also helped de­velop the com­pany’s use of scan­ning tech­nol­ogy and smart phones to record and share vi­tal in­for­ma­tion. His peers say the much-im­proved safety record of the com­pany is a huge credit to Shayne.

Judge, Jac­qui Coyne-Api­ata, says Shayne was a stand-out win­ner among a very com­pet­i­tive field.

“Shayne has shown he has the qual­i­ties to be­come a le­gend of our in­dus­try,” says Ms Coyne-Api­ata, who judged along­side Brett Jobe and Mike Good­i­son.

“He is some­one we felt could stand be­fore the in­dus­try and be cel­e­brated. He has a high level of dis­ci­pline and wisdom and is con­tin­u­ally de­vel­op­ing him­self so he has more to of­fer.”

Two new cat­e­gories were in­tro­duced to this year’s awards – the Faller Ex­cel­lence Award and the Breaker Out Ex­cel­lence Award – and both were very well sup­ported with an ex­tremely high cal­i­bre of en­trants. The Har­vest­ing Ex­cel­lence Award had a num­ber who could have “stood on the stage and owned it”.

The Faller Ex­cel­lence cat­e­gory, spon­sored by Hancock For­est Man­age­ment, saw safety cam­paign­ers, Wiremu in Marsella Edmonds, present a tro­phy carved by Wiremu in mem­ory of their son, Robert, who was killed in a forestry ac­ci­dent in 2013.

This is the sec­ond North­land Forestry Awards, and or­gan­is­ers are very pleased with the in­creased num­ber of en­tries and support they

re­ceived from the wider in­dus­try and spon­sors.

“These awards are show­ing in this sec­ond year, how im­por­tant they are for the in­dus­try in North­land be­cause it is a chance to role model the pro­fes­sion­als we have and con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of our safety cul­ture within the re­gion,” says An­drew Wid­dow­son, chair of the awards or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and spokesman for the North­land Wood Coun­cil.

North­land Forestry Awards

Train­ing Ex­cel­lence

• Trainee of the Year: Michelle Harrison, Wise on Wood • Train­ing Com­pany/Con­trac­tor: North­pine.

Skilled Pro­fes­sion­als

• Forestry Ex­cel­lence: Jonathan Tukaki, Sil­vi­cul­ture Con­trac­tors • Roading Ex­cel­lence: Bill Rin­grose, JSB Con­struc­tion • Har­vest­ing Ex­cel­lence: Shayne Maxwell, Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing • Dis­tri­bu­tion Ex­cel­lence: Frances Leslie, C3

• Wood Pro­cess­ing Ex­cel­lence: Nathan Ja­coby, North­pine • Breaker Out Ex­cel­lence: Dwaine Chaise, Skipps Log­ging • Faller Ex­cel­lence: Buck Rei­hana, Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing.

In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Awards

• Forestry Fam­ily of the Year: Charles Log­ging

• Con­trac­tor of the Year: Stokes Log­ging

• Out­stand­ing H&S Man­age­ment: (joint win­ners) Rose­warne Ca­ble Log­gers & Shayne Maxwell/Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing

• Out­stand­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal: Rose­warne Ca­ble Log­gers

• North­land Forestry Skilled Pro­fes­sional of the Year 2017: Shayne Maxwell, Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing.


Fac­ing page: Forestry Min­is­ter Louise Up­ston presents Shayne Maxwell with the 2017 North­land Forestry Skilled Pro­fes­sional of the Year Award.

Right: Forestry safety cam­paign­ers, Wiremu (far left) and Mar­cella Edmonds (sec­ond left), with the carv­ing they pre­sented to Buck Rei­hana of Ko­hu­rau Con­tract­ing (sec­ond right), win­ner of the Faller Ex­cel­lence Award and Ray Hook, North­ern Har­vest­ing & Dis­tri­bu­tion Man­ager for spon­sor Hancock For­est Man­age­ment.

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