Sell out for inaugural Hawke’s Bay Forestry Awards

Tickets have sold out three weeks prior to the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Forestry Awards

Hawke’s Bay’s forestry industry is set to celebrate the collective effort and skills of the workforce at the inaugural forestry award on 29 November 2019, with tickets to the dinner night being sold out to a guest list of 350.

Judging of the 50 nominations received is also complete, with winners now under wraps until the awards night.


Judges added that the calibre of the nominees was extremely high with some categories being difficult to select one winner. The scope of the nominations also demonstrated the talent in the Hawke’s Bay region.

The awards will be celebrated at the Napier Conference Centre with Master of Ceremonies for the evening, TV celebrity, speaker and entertainer Pio Terei.

Pio is akin to the industry and has been leading workshops this year with industry body FICA around family, whanau, and work highlighting the importance of health and wellbeing when working in a high activity workplace such as forestry.

Keith Dolman, CEO of the Hawke’s Bay Forestry Group, adds, "We took on the initiative to join the other forestry awards having taken on-board their success and it has certainly come up trumps. We’re very grateful to our group of sponsors and, of course, could not have anticipated the support, but this has meant the tickets were affordable and the whole of the industry could be part of the event."

The campaign aims to recognise the frontline workforce, grow the promotion of the forestry industry, and showcase the career opportunities available in this important sector. Forestry is the third-largest contributor to New Zealand’s GDP and is continuing to grow with benefits to combat climate change which government is leading on the world stage.

For full details about the Hawke’s Bay Forestry Awards is available on

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