In the media
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.
Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests Ltd via email@example.com
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 difficult 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
Danielle is a Bachelor of Forestry Science graduate who recently secured fulltime employment with Nelson Management, which manages the Nelson Forests Ltd estate. She now works as a Technical Forester, analysing and reporting data findings to two managers, while also providing operations and supply chain support. Danielle completed her four-year degree in July 2014, but the time she had spent in Nelson Forests’ Tertiary Scholarship Programme gave her the additional practical experience that equipped her so well for a job. Read the 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
Many people might not automatically include a forestry company in their list of New Zealand organisations at the vanguard of environment protection, yet Nelson Forests Ltd is one of the Top of the South’s most determined advocates. The Company’s proactive approach goes back to 1996 when Nelson Management Ltd, charged with the duty of managing Nelson Forests’ estate and business practices, established its Environmental Improvement Committee. This undertaking saw Nelson Forests become New Zealand’s first forestry company to earn an ISO14001 qualification for Environmental Management Systems, one of only six New Zealand companies at the time in any industry to be awarded such recognition. Read the articleRead more
As the old saying goes, you create your own luck. If ever there was a person this applies to, it’s Danielle Inglis.
In1954 more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren gathered in the Golden Downs Forest near Nelson to plant Douglas fir and radiata seedlings they had carefully nurtured from seeds handed out the previous year to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a misty winter day on that first day of tree planting on June 8. Little did those children know they were beginning an annual tradition that continues to this day and hopefully will continue for many years to come. In September this year the current owners of the trees and the land they grow on, Nelson Forests and Ngāti Toa respectively, joined together to mark the 60th anniversary of tree planting in the area now known as Coronation Forest. Read the articleRead more
One of the Marlborough community’s less wellknown but important economic assets is Kaituna Sawmill, located just off SH6, a short distance from the Wairau River bridge. The Nelson Forestsowned company employs more than 60 people directly and supports many more suppliers, contractors and service providers in the region. The mill is really only noticeable from the state highway because of the steam from the wood-drying kilns, yet the sheer size and complexity of the business takes many by surprise. Read the articleRead more
Safety in our forests is a pressing issue, particularly given the tragic loss of life that has occurred during the past year. Nelson Forests Ltd’s Managing Director, Lees Seymour, believes that creating a culture where people are safe is about treating staff like they are your family. “It’s not about blaming – it’s easy to blame people.” Many factors contribute to any incident, he says. These include the business culture and practices, management systems, training and education. Nelson Forests’ Health and Safety Manager, Les Bak, agrees and says that it’s important that safety doesn’t become overcomplicated with systems and procedures. “Leaders need to focus on culture,” says Les. “The key to a good safety culture is simple: lead from the top, care about your people, never compromise, and avoid surprises.” Read the articleRead more