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.
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By John Cohen-Du Four & Sandrine Marrassé
Scholarships give a leg-up to forestry students that not only enriches the industry, but can lead to surprising directions. Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for Nelson Forests Ltd) has been providing scholarships to tertiary students since 2000, supporting a total of 16 so far (usually more than one student is supported annually, in different stages of their tertiary studies). Many recipients have gone on to find rewarding employment in the forestry industry, fulfilling a variety of roles throughout New Zealand. Others have received a leg-up to related careers overseas. Click to Read full articleRead more
By Jacquie Walters & Sandrine Marrassé
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