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Liki Udam Apr 4
Warwick Wilshier: “We put a lot of resources into training and helping people progress their careers.”

After being recognised as the inaugural Eastland Wood Council Industry Champion 2019, Warwick Wilshier says the best part of the awards was that his companies, Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage, were recognised taking out the Training Company/Contractor of the Year and Outstanding H & S Management of the Year awards.

As one of the largest employers in the region for the forestry industry, focusing on training – both new people and those who wish to retrain and change careers – is important, he says.

His companies are also involved in recruiting for the wider industry, holding a contract with Tairawhiti Road Transport Group to help recruit people in the Gisborne region.

“We put a lot of resources into training and helping people progress their careers.

“For example we put trucks without trailers on the job to give people a chance to upskill from class 4 to class 5 licenses.

“As a result we have an extremely professional team,” he says.

Warwick says that being recognised for his own contribution o the industry is also a tribute to his team.

While he is the leader of the companies he focuses on empowering people to make their own decisions and improve their skills.

With regards to health and safety Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage aim to stay at the top of their game. “It’s a high risk job so we continually focus on training in this area for constant improvement with the Log Transport Safety Council training pathway,” he says.

Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage also run a special programme called Lose Your Load.

The three month programme helps people to lose weight, quit smoking and other health related initiatives including regular exercise.

Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage have offered financial and other incentives to encourage staff to take part.

“The first programme we ran one of our guys came in after a month and said that he felt so much better he could spend more time with his kids.

“It’s life changing and very rewarding for us as a company, and me personally, to hear stories like that.”

Warwick started with the New Zealand Forest Service as a mechanic in 1978 and progressed to an owner-driver in 1982.

By working in partnership with other operators he soon had a fleet and in 2002 his company Williams & Wilshier started operating in the East Coast forests. In 2007 he bought a shareholding in Pacific Haulage, which he today owns with Calvin Paddon, to concentrate on the Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions.

Both log transport companies service forestry clients based in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast region.

Customers include Ernslaw One, Forest Enterprises, Juken New Zealand and PF Olsen.

Over the years Warwick’s contribution to the industry has been far reaching. He’s a director and current member of the New Zealand Road Transport Forum.

The organisation deals with national road transport issues and provides a link to Government. Warwick is also a founding member and chairman for nearly two decades of the Log Transport Safety Council, which assists log transport operators to achieve improvements for the common good of the industry.

In 2017 Warwick was presented with the Institute of Road Transport Engineers New Zealand outstanding industry achievement award.

He says that his focus – both personally and with his companies – has always been to lead the way – setting standards and innovating.

“It’s an industry I really enjoy being a part of and I’ve got a few more years left in me yet.”

 

Success a reflection of team effort

After being recognised as the inaugural Eastland Wood Council Industry Champion 2019, Warwick Wilshier says the best part of the awards was that his companies, Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage, were recognised taking out the Training Company/Contractor of the Year and Outstanding H & S Management of the Year awards.

As one of the largest employers in the region for the forestry industry, focusing on training – both new people and those who wish to retrain and change careers – is important, he says.

His companies are also involved in recruiting for the wider industry, holding a contract with Tairawhiti Road Transport Group to help recruit people in the Gisborne region.

“We put a lot of resources into training and helping people progress their careers.

“For example we put trucks without trailers on the job to give people a chance to upskill from class 4 to class 5 licenses.

“As a result we have an extremely professional team,” he says.

Warwick says that being recognised for his own contribution o the industry is also a tribute to his team.

While he is the leader of the companies he focuses on empowering people to make their own decisions and improve their skills.

With regards to health and safety Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage aim to stay at the top of their game. “It’s a high risk job so we continually focus on training in this area for constant improvement with the Log Transport Safety Council training pathway,” he says.

Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage also run a special programme called Lose Your Load.

The three month programme helps people to lose weight, quit smoking and other health related initiatives including regular exercise.

Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage have offered financial and other incentives to encourage staff to take part.

“The first programme we ran one of our guys came in after a month and said that he felt so much better he could spend more time with his kids.

“It’s life changing and very rewarding for us as a company, and me personally, to hear stories like that.”

Warwick started with the New Zealand Forest Service as a mechanic in 1978 and progressed to an owner-driver in 1982.

By working in partnership with other operators he soon had a fleet and in 2002 his company Williams & Wilshier started operating in the East Coast forests. In 2007 he bought a shareholding in Pacific Haulage, which he today owns with Calvin Paddon, to concentrate on the Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions.

Both log transport companies service forestry clients based in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast region.

Customers include Ernslaw One, Forest Enterprises, Juken New Zealand and PF Olsen.

Over the years Warwick’s contribution to the industry has been far reaching. He’s a director and current member of the New Zealand Road Transport Forum.

The organisation deals with national road transport issues and provides a link to Government. Warwick is also a founding member and chairman for nearly two decades of the Log Transport Safety Council, which assists log transport operators to achieve improvements for the common good of the industry.

In 2017 Warwick was presented with the Institute of Road Transport Engineers New Zealand outstanding industry achievement award.

He says that his focus – both personally and with his companies – has always been to lead the way – setting standards and innovating.

“It’s an industry I really enjoy being a part of and I’ve got a few more years left in me yet.”

Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage service forestry clients based in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast region.


Willams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage are committed to making the industry safer for all.

 

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