Northland Forestry Awards 2018 winners

Dave Wilson won the top award at the Northland Forestry Awards 2018. Deals on Wheels reports.

Dave Wilson walked away with the top prize at the Northland Forestry Awards 2018 in what the organiser says is a record year of entries.

As well as being awarded the Northland Forestry Skilled Professional of the Year, Dave also won the Harvesting Excellence Award.

He is known as one of the most professional crew managers in the region and has worked for Rosewarne Cable Loggers since 2013, thriving on the challenge of running an efficient harvest crew in an often-challenging terrain using a 90-foot tower.


While he has high expectations, Dave is said to lead from the front, with 11 national certificates being a testament to his quest to be the very best he can. With a keen eye to health and safety, he is described as a meticulous planner who is always looking to do a better job without compromising safety.

Growing up in Tokoroa, Dave says he always knew his work would be in forestry and looked forward to following his father into the industry. For 13 years, he was in the Waikato, working his way up from breaker-out to crew foreman. He and his family then fell in love with Northland and decided to move regions. Since he started with Rosewarne Cable Loggers, Dave has been based in the Karaka Forest—an area open to the elements, with huge hills, long pulls, and blind spots. Forestry companies he has worked for say he is the best around, and the longevity of his own crew highlights just that.

Judge Jacqui Apiata-Coyne says Dave’s passion and expertise have helped him develop into a highly skilled professional and an authentic leader.

"He is a man whose reputation precedes him," Jacqui says. "He leads a team who works in a demanding and complex environment."

Introduced to the awards this year was the Newey Transport Emerging Talent Award, which was won by Channing Green in a tightly fought section.

Jacqui says the calibre of entries this year had been particularly high.

"The competition within the Emerging Talent Award, Harvesting Excellence, and Roading Excellence was incredibly strong this year. The awards are becoming very difficult to judge, there is a high calibre among professionals within the industry,
and many of those recognised in our awards would be equally recognised on a national platform."

The awards are one of many initiatives developed by the Northland Forestry Health and Safety Group aimed to recognise and grow excellence within the industry.

"The Northland Health and Safety Group have a specific focus in developing a healthy and sustainable future for workers and the environment in the region and are making an active contribution to the work plan of the Forestry Industry Safety Council," Jacqui says.

"The awards are important, as it is a rare opportunity for the whole supply chain to come together and be proud of who they are and what they do. It also provides an opportunity for the rest of Northland to learn more about the industry and its people."

This is the third year the awards have been held and organisers are now looking for an industry partner to help take it to a whole new level.

"It’s a chance to celebrate the high achievers and players who hold mana within the industry," event manager Prue Younger says.

The event has grown each year in both entries and attendance, and she’s confident that will continue.

The 2018 awards were celebrated at the ASB Stadium in Whangarei, with more than 540 attendees on hand to toast the best of the industry. PioTerei was master of ceremonies.

Northland Forestry Award 2018 winners

Training Excellence
Trainee of the Year Brendon Sander of Douglas Logging
Training Company/Contractor Grimmer Contracting
Skilled Professionals  
Forestry Excellence Hoani Te Taaki Poinga of Silviculture Contractors
Roading Excellence  Tom Ringrose of Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Harvesting Excellence Dave Wilson of Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Distribution Excellence Daron Turner of Kaitaia Transport
Wood Processing Excellence Shane Mansell of Northpine
Breaker Out Excellence Jack Bryant of Rosewarne Cable Loggers
Faller Excellence Pepe Paniora of Douglas Logging
Special Award 
Emerging Talent Channing Green of Lloyd Logging 
Industry Development Awards 
Forestry Family of the Year Subritzky-Clark Logging
Contractor of the Year Forest Protection Services Kevin Ihaka
Outstanding H&S Management Forest Protection Services Kevin Ihaka
Outstanding Environmental Wise on Wood Michelle & Nigel Harrison
Northland Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year 2018  
Dave Wilson of Rosewarne Cable Loggers 

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