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Committee changes

The last few months have seen some changes to our committee members. Murray Parrish has retired and was replaced on the committee by Simon Honour, also from OJI Fibre Solutions and Haydn Solomon and Te Taru White have been replaced by Glen Coleman and Graeme Benge. 
Thank you to Murray, Haydn and Te Taru for their time and commitment to our Wood Council.

And now a bit about our three new committee members....

Glen Coleman is a qualified Health and Safety professional, registered with HASANZ and has more than 23 years' experience in high-risk industries. 
For the last 6.5 years he has been the National Health and 
Safety Manager for Manulife Forest Management NZ. One of his key responsibilities has been to develop and continuously improve health strategies. He finds the forest industry a fantastic industry to work in with outstanding people and that's we he does his best to ensure they all go home safe every day.

Graeme Benge has spent the bulk of his career involved in the Forestry and Wood processing sector. He is currently the Operations Manager for the Fast Group who have 7 harvesting crews and 1 mechanised planting and land prep machine. They employ over 50 staff and recently Graeme and his wife bought into one of the existing crews. 
Graeme is excited to be elected to the Wood Council as a contractor representative as he is passionate about all things forestry and fostering more young people into the industry. With the current training structure and climate issues we are all facing, Graeme sees that having a voice within the Wood Council as a fantastic platform to make some changes for ourselves and all generations to come.

Simon Honour holds a Diploma in Forest Management from Toi Ohomai and a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury. He is currently studying towards his Masters in Business Administration through Massey University's School of Business, specialising in Global Business. 
Simon currently works for OJI Fibre Solutions in the Fibre Procurement Team, where he is responsible for securing logs, land and forests for future mill supply. Simon is passionate about the industry and its people. He is a member of the Future Foresters and the NZ Institute of Forestry, where he is on the local selection committee.


The current Generation Programme which has been running at the Toi Ohomai Institute NZ campus in Tokoroa, will complete on Thursday 24 November 2022. The students will graduate with a NZ Certificate in Forestry Foundation Skills Level 2 including a First Aide Certificate and some practical chainsaw experience. 
We are keen to find employment placement for our graduating students and would like to talk to any employees interested in taking on a Generation Programme graduate. 

Taupō District Careers Roadshow

Central North Island Wood Council were pleased to attend the Taupo Careers Roadshow held on the 6th September, and showcase our organisation to the young people in our district. The vision of this day was to provide an opportunity for the youth of the Taupo District to explore career options, training pathways, and gather information for career planning.
On the day we hired virtual reality headsets to enable the students a closer look at a career in forestry.


Located in the Outdoor Agribusiness area on the corner of G Street & I Road. The site numbers are G78, 80, 82, 84 and 86

For the first time ever, visitors to Field Days will have the opportunity to learn about the forestry sector from more than 35 sector organisations and companies under one roof. 
Under the theme of 'Wood - our low-carbon future', the Field Days Forestry Hub will be a dedicated space at this years Field Days event, giving visitors the chance to explore the many facets of the forestry and wood processing sector and how the sector has a vital role in mitigating climate change. 
At the hub visitors will discover engaging experiences on forestry growing, climate change, wood products, timber construction, biosecurity and biodiversity. There will also be a forestry simulator on site so visitors can experience what its like to operate machinery in a forest.



Upcoming events and key dates

Field Days

30 November - 3 December
Mystery Creek Hamilton

Donelley Sawmillers, Rotorua Economic Development & CNIWC Scholarship

Applications close 30 November 2022


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