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Latest Nelson Tasman forestry mechanisation enhances worker safety

By By John Cohen Du-Four, Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 30th April 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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World-first approach to harvesting-crew management

by dpadmin on 2nd May 2017
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Innovation is at the heart of Nelson Management Ltd (NML*)’s approach in a range of areas within its operation. It is committed to supporting innovation amongst its contractors, but is also continually seeking to incorporate industry-leading practice in its logistics and business intelligence systems. In a world first, NML is implementing a new approach to scheduling harvesting crews that is being watched with a great deal of interest by other forestry companies, both locally and globally. Read the full article

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Combining Forces to care for kea

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 1st March 2017
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    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.  

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Working together to protect our water quality

By Sandrine Marrassé and Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 3rd November 2016
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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.  

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Sharing the forest with our feathered friends

By Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 2nd September 2016
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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 here  

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Golden Downs: partnership in action

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 4th July 2016
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True partnership is something to which many companies and organisations aspire. Iwi landowner Ngāti Toa Rangatira and local forest company Nelson Management Ltd (NML*—the management company for the Nelson Forests estate) are working together to embody the ethos of partnership in the Golden Downs forest. Golden Downs is a 33,000ha area of forest estate that most people are only familiar with because they pass through it, either heading south from Nelson towards Murchison or on their way to the West Coast. Many people are unaware of the rich history of forest planting and harvesting in the area—and the rich cultural significance of the whenua itself.  

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