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

 

Culture is the key to working safely in the forest

by dpadmin on 19th June 2014
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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 article

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25 years on: culture shock of forest privatisation leads to winning formula

by dpadmin on 7th May 2014
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March 1987 was a difficult time for local forestry workers and their families. Their beloved Crown- owned New Zealand Forest Service ceased to exist, replaced by a new organisation known as the Forestry Corporation. The Corporation was to last for only three years, but it marked the radical creation of the very first of the Lange/Douglas government’s new and controversial State-Owned Enterprises.
Along with its subsidiary, NZ Timberlands Limited, the Forestry Corporation was to be based on private industry models, meaning it would be profit driven. This culture shock initially took its toll on staff when they learned there would be employment for only about one- third of the current work force...
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Nelson Forests Ltd

by dpadmin on 19th April 2014
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The forestry sector is one of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations. Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson Regional

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Nelson Forests Ltd

by dpadmin on 7th April 2014
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Nelson Forests helps to drive forestry’s huge contribution to Nelson-Tasman

The forestry sector is one of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations. Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency measuring the relative contribution of various sectors to the local economy. Agency Chief Executive Bill Findlater says the forestry sector (which includes timber processing) can lay claim to contributing about $430 million to the region’s
GDP. This puts it just behind the horticulture sector, which contributes $431 million. (The figures quoted are from 2012 but Mr Findlater believes 2013 figures will be on a par.) Read the full article

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