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

 

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 celebrates three significant anniversaries as purchase agreement reached

by dpadmin on 19th December 2017
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  Nelson Forests is celebrating three significant anniversaries on the eve of its sale to OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) – the 90th anniversary of the planting of the first trees in Golden Downs, the 25th anniversary of its current owner Global Forest Partners (GFP) becoming a 49 percent shareholder in the company, and the 10th anniversary of GFP becoming a 100 percent shareholder.   “Celebrating this cluster of anniversaries is really significant for us,” says Lees Seymour, the Managing Director of Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for Nelson Forests). “The Golden Downs planting anniversary, in particular, is not only a significant milestone for our company but for our wider community.  

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Australian OneFortyOne Plantations to acquire Nelson Forests

by Nigel Brabyn on 1st December 2017
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Australian forestry company, OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) is pleased to confirm that it has signed an agreement to acquire one of New Zealand’s leading forestry businesses, Nelson Forests.     Commenting on the proposed acquisition, OneFortyOne Plantation’s Chief Executive Officer, Linda Sewell said; “Nelson Forests is recognised as being one of New Zealand’s best run forestry businesses and an established leader in safe and sustainable forest management.”    

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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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Nelson holds national top spot in economic scoreboard

By Tim O'Connell, The Nelson Mail

by dpadmin on 31st May 2017
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Nelson's construction boom has helped fuel its continued run at the top of an economic scoreboard. For the second quarter in a row, Nelson was the country's top-performing region in the ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard. Tasman slipped from second to fifth for the March quarter.  

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Conservation, commercial and community groups to unite on wilding conifer control

By Jonathan Carson, published on stuff.co.nz - Environment May 23 2017

by dpadmin on 24th May 2017
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Forestry companies are looking at contributing time and money to help control the spread of wilding conifers in the Nelson region under a new management plan being developed with the Department of Conservation.   A wilding conifer stakeholder group, involving forestry companies, DOC, Nelson and Tasman councils, land owners, iwi, and community groups, is working on a collaborative approach to controlling wildings on conservation land.   Wilding conifers — exotic trees that have spread from commercial and legacy plantations — are a major threat to New Zealand's native plants and animals, as well as farming, tourism and water supply. The Department of Conservation has been working to control the spread in high-priority areas, including Abel Tasman National Park and Richmond Forest Park.    

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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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