First awards a suc­cess for south­ern North Is­land foresters

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

IT WAS A NIGHT TO SHINE FOR THE FIRST WIN­NERS OF THE in­au­gu­ral 2017 South­ern North Is­land Wood Coun­cil Train­ing Awards.

More than 250 peo­ple from an area stretch­ing up to Taranaki, across to South­ern Hawkes Bay and down to Welling­ton con­verged on Palmer­ston North to cel­e­brate forestry excellence in their re­gion, joined by Forestry Min­is­ter, Louise Up­ston, who pre­sented the awards to the win­ners.

Steve Couper, Chair of the South­ern North Is­land Wood Coun­cil says: “It was ex­cit­ing to be in­volved in this awards event, be­ing the first awards evening held in the re­gion adds a bit of pres­sure to en­sure that it was suc­cess. Thanks to the hard work of all those in­volved and those who came along it was a great evening. It cer­tainly bodes well for fu­ture awards cer­e­monies.

“We need to get bet­ter at recog­nis­ing those who have done the hard work and ac­knowl­edge their suc­cess whether they have re­ceived an award or not.

“We are not par­tic­u­larly good at recog­nis­ing suc­cess in our in­dus­try but we need to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to reach their po­ten­tial. This will ben­e­fit both the in­di­vid­ual and the in­dus­try as a whole.”

Eight cat­e­gories were cov­ered in th­ese in­au­gu­ral awards, with the large num­ber of nom­i­na­tions re­ceived in each cat­e­gory a sign of the good health the for­est in­dus­try is in across the lower North Is­land. 2017 South­ern North Is­land Wood Coun­cil Train­ing Awards win­ners Trainee of the Year – Ben Wood, McCarthy Trans­port

Modern Ap­pren­tice of the Year – Joseph Mitchell, Bush­line For­est Har­vest­ing

Train­ing Com­pany of the Year – Horne Bros

Har­vest­ing Excellence – Matt Omund­sen, Daw­son & Havard Forestry Excellence – Richard Hot­ter, Hot­ter For­est Ser­vices Dis­tri­bu­tion Excellence – Melissa Hall, McCarthy Trans­port Con­trac­tor of the Year – Bush­line For­est Har­vest­ing

Out­stand­ing Health & Safety Man­age­ment – McCarthy Trans­port.


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