Winners forestry reputation leads to major awards
While he has high expectations, he leads from the front. Mr Wilson has 11 national certificates, a testament to his quest to be the very best he can and with a keen eye to health and safety. He is a meticulous planner who is always looking to do a job better.
Growing up in Tokoroa, he always knew his work would be in forestry, and looked forward to following his father into the industry. For 13 years he was in the Waikato, working his way up from breaker out to crew foreman. He and his family fell in love with Northland and decided to move.
Since he started with Rosewarne Cable Loggers, he has been based in the Karaka Forest – an area with huge hills, long pulls, blind spots and open to the elements. Forestry companies he has worked for say he is the best around, and the longevity of his own crew highlights just that.
Judge Jacqui Apiata-Coyne says Mr Wilson’s passion and expertise had helped him develop into a highly skilled professional and an authentic leader. “He is a man whose reputation precedes him,” says Ms Apiata-Coyne. “He leads a team who work in a demanding and complex environment.”
Introduced to the awards this year was the Newey Transport Emerging Talent Award, which was won by Channing Green in a tightly-fought section. Ms Apiata-Coyne said the calibre of entries this year had been particularly high.
“The competition within the Emerging Talent Award, Harvesting Excellence and Roading Excellence, was incredibly strong this year. The awards are becoming very difficult to judge, there is a high calibre among professionals within the industry and many of those recognised in our awards would be equally recognised on a national platform.”
The awards are one of many initiatives developed by the Northland Forestry Health and Safety Group, aimed to recognised and grow excellence within the industry. “The Northland Health and Safety Group have a specific focus in developing a healthy and sustainable future for workers and the environment in the region and are making an active contribution to the work plan of the Forestry Industry Safety Council.
“The awards are important as it is a rare opportunity for the whole supply chain to come together and be proud of who they are and what they do,” says Ms Apiata-Coyne. “It also provides an opportunity for the rest of Northland to learn more about the industry and its people.”
This is the third year the awards have been held and organisers are now looking for an industry partner to help take it to a whole new level. “It’s a chance to celebrate the high achievers and players who hold mana within the industry,” says event manager Prue Younger.
The event has grown each year in both entries and attendance, and she’s confident that will continue. The 2018 awards were celebrated at the ASB Stadium in Whangarei, with more than 540 on hand to toast the best of the industry. Poi Terei was master of ceremonies.
Award winners were;
Trainee of the Year : Brendon Sander – Douglas Logging Training Company/Contractor : Grimmer Contracting
Forestry Excellence : Hoani Te Taaki Poinga – Silviculture Contractors
Roading Excellence : Tom Ringrose – Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Harvesting Excellence : Dave Wilson – Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Distribution Excellence : Daron Turner – Kaitaia Transport
Wood Processing Excellence : Shane Mansell - Northpine
Breaker Out Excellence : Jack Bryant – Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Faller Excellence : Pepe Paniora – Douglas Logging
Emerging Talent : Channing Green – Lloyd Logging
Industry Development Awards
Forestry Family of the Year : Subritzky Clarke Logging
Contractor of the Year : Forest Protection Services – Kevin Ihaka
Outstanding H&S Management : Forest Protection Services – Kevin Ihaka
Outstanding Environmental : Wise on Wood – Michelle & Nigel Harrison
Northland Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year 2018: Dave Wilson, Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Photo: Dave Wilson, Rosewarne Cable Loggers and MP Meka Whaitiri, Associate Minister for Forestry
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