Nelson Forests has many great stories to tell about the work of its contractors and staff. If you are a member of the media who is interested in writing or broadcasting a forestry-related story we look forward to hearing from you.

Media contact:

Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests Ltd via info@nelsonforests.com

 

Sawmill opens up career pathways for young people

By Cathie Bell. Photography by Anthony Phelps

by dpadmin on 11th November 2019
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(LtoR) Ryan Williamson, Ricky McKnight, Jamie Howieson, and Kane Sullivan say their careers at Kaituna Sawmill are rewarding.

Working at Kaituna Sawmill in Marlborough opens up a world of opportunities for people, workers at the mill say. Opportunities are not just available for school leavers, and sawmill staff say they are able to move up within the mill and try out a variety of roles as part of a rewarding career. Ricky McKnight has started his apprenticeship at the sawmill, and Kane Sullivan, Ryan Williamson, and Jamie Howieson have all done apprenticeships and different jobs at the sawmill. All say they would like to see others in Marlborough and from further afield joining them at Kaituna.  

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Our beautiful wild kea need our help

By Sandrine Marrassé. Photography by Nelson Forests and Mechanised Cable Harvesting (MCH)

by dpadmin on 11th November 2019
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A circus of kea on MCH’s harvesting machine near Stanley Brook.

  Seeing kea in the wild is a really special experience. They are beautiful birds; majestic yet playful, sociable and highly intelligent. As they fly, we’re treated to the beautiful blue and green markings that colour their wings and tail tip, and the stunning flash of vivid orange of their underwing. Named by Māori for the sound of its call, the kea is endemic to Aotearoa’s South Island and is the world’s only mountain parrot.  

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Forest with a family connection

By Cathie Bell. Photography Mark Forward and Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 11th November 2019
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Barry Walsh, his daughter in-law Saraya Walsh and her sons Jack (left) and Ryan (right)

It’s a stunning day up on the ridges of Coronation Forest in Golden Downs, south of Richmond. There’s a lot of chatter as 74 school children aged 10 and 11 gather to begin a day’s activities in the forest. Coronation Forest has a long-standing connection with the Nelson Tasman community. The forest is run by Nelson Forests Ltd, and each year in September, the company hosts about 300 children across a week to plant seedlings, understand the relationship between indigenous forest and plantation forest, and learn about how a plantation forest works.  

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New log supply chain software system reduces environmental footprint

By Sandrine Marrassé - Photography: Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 13th August 2019
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Ricky Hovenden, one of the team of 'air traffic controllers of trucks' at Belgrove Despatch

You may find it ironic that a forestry company has implemented a new system designed to eliminate paper, but that’s exactly what Nelson Forests' newest software system is all about. Innovation and technology are at the forefront of modern forestry and the latest clever business application by Nelson Forests is a great example of that, and a first in New Zealand. The software is the brainchild of Rotorua-based company, Trimble.  

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The proof is on the paper

By Cathie Bell - Photography: Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 12th August 2019
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Out on a work site, crew members, from left to right, Brett Wratt, Adam Case, Jovesa Kasami, Shane Grant, Rex Debabaki and Josiah Waqanavalu

Nelson Forests Ltd contractor Rai Silviculture values its workers. Owner and director David Koubek encourages all staff to continue to learn and supports them to gain qualifications. Silviculture is hard, physically demanding work. Workers are out on the hillsides of the top of the South, working in all conditions, planting trees, thinning, pruning, and spraying, making the pine forests the best they can be for harvest. But while they are working hard, the crewmen working for Nelson Forests Ltd contractors Rai Silviculture are also learning. In May, five Rai Silviculture workers were awarded level 3 certificates in different aspects of silviculture in a special ceremony in Renwick.  

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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
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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
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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
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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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OneFortyOne announces intention to purchase Manuka Island forest estate

By Lees Seymour, Nelson Management Ltd. Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 13th September 2018
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13 September 2018

Australian forestry company, OneFortyOne (OFO) has announced its intention to purchase the Manuka Island forest estate in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim. The proposed purchase is now being reviewed by the Overseas Investment Office. The Manuka Island estate is approximately 2000 hectares of forest and currently owned by Merrill and Ring. Manuka Island will be integrated and managed as one forest estate by Nelson Management Ltd, the management company for Nelson Forests.    

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Media Release

By Lees Seymour, Nelson Management Ltd. Photography by Tim Cuff

by dpadmin on 10th September 2018
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OneFortyOne marks purchase settlement with the announcement of two significant new initiatives

The new owner of Nelson Forests OneFortyOne (OFO) has marked the settlement of its purchase with the announcement of two significant new initiatives – the establishment of a substantial fund for sedimentation research and a school leaver programme that will provide trade apprenticeships at Nelson Forests’ Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim.

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

Nelson Forests has committed $500,000 to its new sedimentation research fund and has already engaged with researchers at Cawthron Institute and Landcare Research, although it expects to develop collaborations with researchers at other organisations over time.  

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