Di­ploma opens doors to a brighter fu­ture

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Jeremy was born in Hast­ings but he spent most of his child­hood in the Scot­tish High­lands.

His fam­ily moved around of­ten, but in each new town or city, Jeremy was al­ways drawn to the out­doors. At the end of his school­ing, he en­rolled in a one-year prac­ti­cal forestry and chain­saw course in In­ver­ness. There he had a taste of real High­land forestry, in­clud­ing camp­ing out and plant­ing trees on the Isle of Skye.

He re­turned to New Zealand at 18 and worked for the next five years with har­vest­ing crews in the Hawkes Bay and Kin­leith, felling ra­di­ata pine.

With time Jeremy felt he had the po­ten­tial to progress to the next level, so he en­rolled on the two year For­est Man­age­ment pro­gramme at the Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Ro­torua.

Jeremy said it was a bit of a strug­gle to ad­just to full­time study again, but it was a good learn­ing curve and he has en­joyed the pro­gramme.

Two years later, with ex­panded forestry knowl­edge, com­put­ing skills, anal­y­sis and re­port writ­ing skills to add to his prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, he will take the step up into su­per­vis­ing overs.

Fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the course, he will begin work as a con­tract har­vest­ing su­per­vi­sor for Matariki For­est Trust/ Ray­onier in the Hawkes Bay. He will su­per­vise har­vest­ing crews and his work will in­clude log qual­ity au­dit­ing, health and safety au­dit­ing and pro­duc­tion mon­i­tor­ing.

He said he was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to ful­fil his goals, and the chal­lenge his new role of­fers. Jeremy has not stopped climb­ing yet though: One day he would like to work as a har­vest plan­ner.

UP­SKILLED: For­est man­age­ment grad­u­ate Jeremy Baldwin af­ter felling a ra­di­ata pine in Ati­a­muri, north­east of Lake Taupo.

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