In the media
If you haven't visited Natureland in a while you have missed the remarkable transformation that is taking place there under the guidance of Natureland Director Meg Rutledge and her dedicated team of staff and trustees. Native plantings are flourishing and the zoo has taken the very deliberate stance of representing the region around it in terms of flora and fauna. There's an area that's been set aside to showcase some of the major regional crops and produce, for example. Importantly, Natureland is also shining a light on one of our region's most iconic species - the kea. Kea are regarded by many as the most intelligent bird species in the world, says Meg. "They are able to use tools, adapt and learn and teach strategies to other birds, and they can work together to solve problems. they have also shown that they can move into new habitats in search of food - such as above the treeline." Read moreRead more
By Sandrine Marrassé and Jacquie Walters
Water quality is a pressing issue for communities around New Zealand. One of the contributing factors to diminished water quality is fine sediment. Sedimentation is a natural process in which sand, silt and clay, transported in the water, come to rest on the riverbed, forming a solid layer. While sediment in our waterways is a natural occurrence, levels that are too high can cause harm within natural ecosystems. Human land use activities around waterways, such as road construction, farming, urban development and forest harvesting activities, can suddenly increase the amount of fine sediment that enters the system and have detrimental effects on water quality and the plants and animals that live there. Nelson Management Ltd. (NML*) invited experts from around the country to come together to discuss sedimentation and its relationship to forestry activity, ahead of its upcoming Environmental Management System review. NML extended an invitation to attend the workshop event to a wide range of agencies including Ngāti Toa o Rangatira, Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman District Councils, universities, Cawthron Institute, the Ministry of Primary Industries, science institutes, Fish & Game, other forest owners and the company’s own contractors, and Crown Research Institutes such as Landcare Research, Scion and NIWA. NML’s Estate Value Manager Andy Karalus says the company is aware of sedimentation concerns amongst both specialists in that area of environmental management and the wider community, and initiated the workshop after reading media coverage that conflicted with the company’s monitoring results. “The coverage was pointing the finger at forestry as being responsible for excess sediment in coastal waterways,” says Andy. “I compared this with the freshwater monitoring that we do in catchments, which shows pine plantations generally deliver high quality water, and couldn’t reconcile the two. We decided to get everyone in the room together and see if we could learn something.”Read more
By Sandrine Marrassé
In 2014 a group of curious kea visiting a forestry block was the catalyst for what is sure to be a long-lasting collaboration between the Kea Conservation Trust and Nelson Management Ltd (NML* — the management company for the Nelson Forests estate). Kea are unusual in that they actively seek out interaction with people and property. The group of inquisitive birds was visiting and damaging logging equipment at one of NML’s harvesting sites, and the crew contacted NML’s Environmental Planner Heather Arnold to ask what could be done about the visiting kea. Heather contacted the Department of Conservation (DOC) for advice and they suggested she get in touch with Andrea Goodman, the Kea Conservation Trust’s Kea Conflict Management Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Top of The South. Andrea’s role was newly created as a response to the high number of kea/human conflicts in the Tasman region in 2014… Wild Tomato, Sept 2016—Read the full article hereRead more
By John Cohen-Du Four & Sandrine Marrassé
Scholarships give a leg-up to forestry students that not only enriches the industry, but can lead to surprising directions. Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for Nelson Forests Ltd) has been providing scholarships to tertiary students since 2000, supporting a total of 16 so far (usually more than one student is supported annually, in different stages of their tertiary studies). Many recipients have gone on to find rewarding employment in the forestry industry, fulfilling a variety of roles throughout New Zealand. Others have received a leg-up to related careers overseas. Click to Read full articleRead more
By Jacquie Walters & Sandrine Marrassé
Waimea Rural Fire Authority Operations Manager Doug Ashford counts himself lucky for having started in fire management in the 1960s. Plenty of areas were being burnt of then, and while that wasn’t good for the environment, it provided a fantastic training ground for learning about how fire behaves. “It’s so important that people get used to the noise, heat and smoke that come with fires when they’re training,” says Doug. “They’ve got to be able to keep a cool head in really difcult conditions and that’s something you can’t get from watching videos or reading accounts of fires. You’ve got to have the theory and the practical experience working together.” Read the full articleRead more
Our competitive global economy requires businesses to continually look for ways to improve productivity. To achieve that goal, business leaders often focus on reducing direct costs, decreasing overheads, or using tools like new software to create better systems. Implementing new business ideas that are people-focused or require a shift in philosophy is less common but, as Nelson Management Ltd (NML) is finding, it can be an exciting and challenging process that is ultimately rewarding for everyone involved. Read the full articleRead more
Nelson Forests’ Business Support Manager Phil Madill turns 65 this year. That particular milestone is enough to make anyone a little philosophical but then Phil has been clocking up some pretty remarkable anniversaries of late.
Not long ago he reached his ruby wedding anniversary with his wife Sharlene and he also celebrated 40 years of continuous service with Nelson Forests and its predecessors, which go all the way back to iconic forestry, sawmilling and retail company Ellis and Burnand Ltd.
Phil began his forestry career in 1968 having secured one of 30 coveted places as a trainee forest ranger with the New Zealand Forest Service. He started out spending a year working with crews based in Kaingaroa Forest and living in Wairapakau subdivision camp.
The following year he was in Rotorua at the forestry training centre before heading to the Forest Research Institute to learn about forest mensuration. From 1971-1972 he was back in Wairapakau working as a supervisor.
“That’s where I learned how to manage people,” says Phil.
“My role was driving people to work in the crew bus and organising their day. I was responsible for managing Health and Safety, quality and production and bringing everyone out again at the end of the day. We ran a production bonus system and the crews competed to get the highest bonus each fortnight.”Read more