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Nelson Forests coordinator’s multiple roles during Tasman inferno

By John Cohen-Du Four. Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 3rd May 2019

Fritz Buckendahl, Wakefield Station’s Fire Chief, surveys February’s damage

Fritz Buckendahl will never forget 5 February 2019, when New Zealand's largest fire since 1955 erupted in tinder-dry Pigeon Valley to quickly become an all-consuming maelstrom that dominated national headlines for weeks. Then again, his perspective is a unique one, not only does Fritz work as a Logistics Woodflow Coordinator at Nelson Forests Ltd., and hence understands the timber industry like the back of his hand, he's also the Volunteer fire Station Chief in Wakefield, at the centre of February's conflagration. "My wife Sue and I were driving back from the Phil Collins' concert in Christchurch," remembers Fritz.  "We hit Murchison and I began receiving pictures on my phone from my son Nick.  I knew immediately it was a biggie.  When we reached the top of Spooners Range I could see it all.  Everything was against the fire fighters - low humidity, dry fuels; it was hot, and very windy."    

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New section added to Great Taste Trail with support from Nelson Forests

By Sandrine Marrassé and Jacquie Walters | Photography by Jess Kelliher

by dpadmin on 7th February 2019

Great Taste Trail

Riders try out the new Trail section and stop for a break at the Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

  Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is a drawcard for the Nelson Tasman region, for visitors and locals alike. The Great Taste Trail is part of Nga Haerenga | The New Zealand Cycle Trail. Nga Haerenga means ‘the journeys’ in Māori and refers to both the physical and spiritual journeys we take. The Great Taste Trail is still being fully completed, and when complete, the whole trail – including a section in the Motueka River Valley – will cover a distance of 175km. You will be able to walk or cycle on the coastal and rail routes from Nelson, to Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield out to Tapawera, along the Motueka River Valley to Riwaka, Kaiteriteri, and then back to Richmond through Motueka, Mapua and Rabbit Island.  
Tasman Taste Trail

Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne enjoying the new Trail ride

Representatives of the Great Taste Trail reached out to Nelson Forests for some assistance to finish a section of the Trail between Spooners Tunnel and the Kohatu Flat Rock Café, because they knew the company was supportive of community initiatives. Nelson Forests had been contributing to the project for some time as part of an ongoing commitment, and the company responded with a donation of significant value of work in kind to help get the new Trail section completed.    

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Plenty to celebrate as Nelson Forests ownership changes

By Jacquie Walters, John Cohen-Du Four and Sandrine Marrassé. Photography by Tim Cuff and Karaena Vincent

by dpadmin on 1st November 2018

Nelson Forests and OneForty One, New Zealand

Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Management Ltd, Linda Sewell, CEO of OneFortyOne, and Chair of the Board for OneFortyOne, John Gilleland

Nelson Management Ltd (NML), the management company for Nelson Forests, has much to celebrate.  Nelson Forests was recently acquired by Australian forest and timber processing company OneFortyOne (OFO) in a move that delighted NML's management and the new owner alike and is already set to provide strong benefits to the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough communities. 

“It’s not a marriage but it feels like a match made in heaven,” says Lees Seymour, Managing Director of NML. “OFO understand our business and our culture and values are very alike.”

Managing Director of Nelson Management Ltd, Lees Seymour and CEO of OneFortyOne Linda Sewell


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Nelson Forests and science together demonstrate environmental stewardship

By John Cohen-Du Four - Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 1st September 2018

Environmental Management System (EMS) training for Fraser Mechanical Logging.  Pictured from left to right are Craig Mant, Doug Cooper, Jason Hollyman, Mike Green, Stu Jarry, Sam Cullen and Kevin Williams

With their recent big tick from the Forestry Stewardship Council's® (FSC®) annual independent Environmental Management audit, Nelson Forests are showing they walk their talk when it comes to continuous improvement in environmental stewardship.  

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Big boost for Waimarama Sanctuary from Nelson Forests

By John Cohen-Du Four. Images from Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

by dpadmin on 10th July 2018

  Imagine a vast swathe of pristine pre-European native bush; a huge area with absolutely no introduced predators — no rats, stoats, possums, feral cats. A place where New Zealand’s unique and endangered wildlife can thrive, especiallyour wonderful bird species. Where you can find populations of Toutouwai (South Island Robin), Tītipounamu (Rifleman), Ngirungiru (Tomtit), Pīwakawaka (Fantail), Kererū (NZ Pigeon), Korimako (Bellbird), Tauhou (Silvereye) and Kārearea (NZ Falcon) and Tui.  

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Latest Nelson Tasman forestry mechanisation enhances worker safety

By John Cohen-Du Four, Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 30th April 2018

As a company at the very forefront of the New Zealand forestry industry's drive towards safer work practices, Nelson Management Ltd (NML), who manage Nelson Forests, is continuously seeking new ways to ensure worker safety. Two recent innovations embraced by the company are at either end of the size spectrum:massive cable-assist harvesters, and small, lightweight drones.  

Picture by Tim Cuff 5 April 2018 - Ken Green's logging crew in action near Mount Duppa, Nelson, New Zealand 


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Scholarship programme seeds success

By Jacquie Walters Photograpahy by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 11th April 2018

Nelson’s Christoph Riedel has a long-standing passion for trees, the timber they produce, and the way they look. To some extent it runs in the family; one of his great-great-grandfathers worked as a forester in Germany and one of his great-grandfathers was a sawmiller in Zimbabwe. "I’m just learning as much as I can about everything. I’m focusing on whatever’s in front of me.”    

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Nelson Forests logging drivers look back with pleasure

By John Cohen-Du Four

by dpadmin on 1st November 2017

2017 saw the retirement of two of Nelson Forests' longest-serving drivers - Gary Gardiner of Waimea Contract Carriers and Pete Friend from Stuart Drummond Transport.  

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Taking the pulse of change

By Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 1st September 2017

Sometimes the significant shifts in an industry are best seen by looking at the way a particular role has changed over time.  We spoke with Quality and Value coordinator for Nelson Management Ltd (NML)* Joan Lang about the massive changes she has seen in her role over the past 10 years.  

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$15 million Kaituna Sawmill upgrade a ringing endorsement

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 1st July 2017

The multimillion-dollar upgrades currently being implemented at Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim are a resounding endorsement for the sawmill's engaged and committed team.   Kaituna Sawmill is the wood processing asset owned by Nelson forests Ltd (NFL). NFL itself is owned by Global Forest Partners (GFP), an investment company based in the USA.  The sawmill provides 65 full-time equivalent roles.   Kaituna produces some very innovative, high-quality timber products for an extremely competitive global market but, for a number of years, the sawmill has struggled to achieve consistent, year-round energy production using its existing wood-drying technology.   Read the full article

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