Northland’s forestry heroes celebrated at Awards

Friday 30 Sep 2022

The 2022 Northland Forestry Awards have proved to be a huge winner in more ways than one. Not only did the annual event attract record nominations but it was close to a sell-out awards evening that celebrated all that was good about forestry and the region.

Luke Rosewarne (pictured), from Rosewarne Yarding, was the supreme winner of the Skilled Professional of the Year (sponsored by Northland Forestry Health and Safety Group) and also walked away with the AB Equipment & Tigercat sponsored Harvesting Excellence award.

The Rosewarne family companies had done very well in the awards, with Rosewarne Cable Loggers’ Sean Mete winning the Breaking Out Excellence category (sponsored by McFall Fuel) and Kerry Pellegrom the Woman in Forestry Excellence (sponsored by PF Olsen). Kerry was also runner-up in Outstanding Health and Safety Management (sponsored by Summit Forest NZ Ltd) division.

Judges struggled to separate the Wilson family from Northpine and the Zielinski family from Silviculture Contractors, jointly awarding them the Forestry Family of the Year award (sponsored by Northern Forest Products). On one hand was the pioneering Wilson family, with generations involved over many decades in the industry. They have worked across multiple regions, are still committed to all aspects of the wood processing industry and are proud to call Northland home.

On the other hand, was the Zielinski family who may not go back quite as far but in their decades of work, they have entrenched themselves as a huge asset to forestry. The company is led by brothers Craig and John, with the wider family also involved.

Last year the awards were held virtually, due to COVID, so it was certainly exciting for the industry to gather at McKay Stadium in Whangarei to be entertained by MC Jeremy Corbett to toast forestry and those who make it what it is.


Skilled Professional of the Year (sponsored by Northland Forestry H&S Group): Luke Rosewarne (Rosewarne Yarding).

Forestry Family of the Year (sponsored by Northern Forest Products): The Wilson Family (Northpine) and the Zielinski family (Silviculture Contractors).

Contractor of the Year (sponsored by ISO): IK and SM Newey Transport.

Outstanding Health and Safety Management (sponsored by Summit Forest NZ Ltd): Aztec Forestry Transport Development. Runner-up: Kerry Pellegrom (Rosewarne Cable Loggers).

Outstanding Environmental Management (sponsored by Wise on Wood): Duane Doughty (DOC Livestock).

Forestry Excellence (sponsored by Northland Forest managers): Kim Kire (JSB Construction).

Roading Excellence (sponsored by Fortuna): Dylan Read (JSB Construction). Runner-up: Scott Johnson (Scott Johnson Contracting).

Harvesting Excellence (sponsored by AB Equipment &Tigercat): Luke Rosewarne (Rosewarne Yarding). Runner-up: Stan Houston (The Tree People).

Distribution Excellence (sponsored by PMG – Pacific Motor Group): Justin (Gus) Collins (Mike Lambert Ltd).

Wood Processing Excellence (sponsored by Whangarei ITM): Paul Rupapera (Rosvall Sawmill).

Breaker Out Excellence (sponsored by McFall Fuel): Sean Mete (Rosewarne Cable Loggers).

Tree Faller Excellence (sponsored by Manulife Investment management): Edward (Blue) Lloyd (Lloyd Logging).

Woman in Forestry Excellence (sponsored by PF Olsen): Kerry Pellegrom (Rosewarne Cable Loggers).

Log Truck Driver Excellence (sponsored by Patchell Group of Companies): Wayne Thornton (Aztec FTD).

Emerging Talent of the Year (sponsored by North Tec Tai Tokerau Wānanga and Te Pukenga): Journee Houston (Mid Northern Forestry Ltd). Runner-up: Harry Harrison (Wise on Wood).

Trainee of the Year (sponsored by Competenz and Te Pukenga): Troy Wilson (Northpine).

Training Company/Contractor of the Year: Wise on Wood.

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