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Awards now cover all South Island

Tom O'Leary Dec 12
Awards now cover all South Island
Heather Arnold, of Nelson Forests, won the Woman in Forestry Excellence category and the Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year award. Alongside is Nathan Taylor, spokesperson for the TOTS Awards Committee

It’s the first time the Top of the South Forestry Awards has ever been held and it’s the first time a category to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry has ever been offered in New Zealand across the forestry awards this year.

So it was even more ground breaking when Heather Arnold, environmental planner at Nelson Forests Limited, won not only the Woman in Forestry Excellence category but also took out the top prize in the awards when she was named the Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year for 2019.

Forest Industry Contractors Association CEO Prue Younger says that Heather’s wins marks an important turning point for the industry, which is increasingly attracting more female workers.

“Heather has 22 years’ experience in the plantation forest industry and has designed national guidelines and standards, including the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). We hope that there will be many more women like Heather, offering their skills and talents to the industry,” she says.

Awards were given out in 15 categories at the awards, held in June, which were attended by over 500 industry professionals from Nelson and Marlborough. The inaugural awards attracted a large number of nominations. Other key companies in the winning line-up included Reed Contracting, Taylors Contracting Company and Moutere Logging.

Also recognised by the judges with a special award was Les Bak, from Nelson Forest Ltd for the significant role the company plays in health and safety which has led to good outcomes for people’s own development alongside improved overall productivity for the business.

Results:

Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year 2019 :

Heather Arnold, Nelson Forests Ltd

Training Excellence:

Taylors Contracting NZ Apprentice of the Year : Rob Mesman, Bryant Logging

Competenz Trainee of the Year: Luke Harris, Moutere Logging:Waratah Training Company of the Year : Wood Contracting Nelson

Skilled Professionals:

Tasman Pine Forests Forestry Excellence : Tony Dell, Action Forest Management

Nelson Forests Ltd Roading Excellence : Pete Ross, Taylors Contracting Company

Stuart Drummond Transport Harvesting Excellence : Kim Carter, Kelly Logging

Nelson Forests Ltd Distribution Excellence : Murray Newport, Borlase Transport

Crediflex Wood Processing Excellence : Daniel Rowe, SouthPine Nelson

EMS Tree Faller Excellence (Mechanised) : Ryan Fisher, Reed Contracting

Brent Searle Tree Faller Excellence (Manual) : Mark Brown, Marlborough Harvesting Ltd

Oil Intel Woman in Forestry Excellence : Heather Arnold, Nelson Forests Ltd

Industry Development:

FICA Crew of the Year : Reed Contracting

DC Equipment Outstanding Health & Safety Management : Moutere Logging

Tasman District Council Outstanding Environmental Management : Taylors Contracting Company

Waimea Contract Carriers Outstanding Regional Service Performance : Brady Clements, Forest Safety Management

Special Award: Borlase Transport Outstanding Contribution to the Industry : Les Bak, Nelson Forests Ltd

FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SOUTH

The Top of the South Forestry Awards joins the annual Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards which celebrating the achievements in the industry in the lower South Island.

Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in forestry and wood processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that had been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony.

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