Top of the South to celebrate inaugural awards

Friday 26 Oct 2018

Through a culmination of keen forestry contractors, forest owners and wood councils from the Nelson & Marlborough region have come together to initiate forestry awards for the industry in the top of the South Island, New Zealand. Having seen the success, other regions have generated from staging awards in Eastland, Northland, Southland and more recently Southern North Island, the committee feel very sure the same effect will be offered to the local industry.

The key objectives of the awards will most definitely be to attract skilled employees to the region as a valued forestry industry player, to upskill and lift the skill base of the forestry workforce and to provide an opportunity to celebrate and unite the forestry industry. With nominations opening in March next year there is sure to bring about healthy and challenging competition between the regions, contractors and crews.

“We have a lot to celebrate about our industry in this part of the country, we have been industry leaders in the past with mechanisation and have some really capable people working the slopes. It’s fair to say we have seen the benefits of the other regions that manage forestry awards and we think our industry is keen to follow this too”, says Nathan Taylor committee representative & facilitator.

That is supported with comments from Brendon Whitley, Chair of the Marlborough Forestry Industry Association, “The forest industry is going through a period of unprecedented growth and change. Technology advancements in mechanisation, robotics, drones, and satellite imagery is creating efficiencies and opportunities every day”.

“The skillsets of those working in the industry are also undergoing change. The top of the South region has been the forefront of this technology revolution, punching well above our weight. We have a number of highly skilled and experienced people, and It is great to be able to recognise their contributions to our regions success.”

There are fourteen categories to be awarded across individual and companies, with the ultimate award being the Skilled Professional of the Year 2019. The awards will culminate to an evening of celebration, presentations and dinner on Friday June 14 in Nelson at the Trafalgar Event Centre.

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