Three of Forest Enterprises’ Wairarapa-based contractors took awards at the 2018 Southern North Island Wood Council Awards on Friday 11 May, in recognition of their high professional standards in forestry – Havard Logging (Dawson & Havard Limited), C3 and Wairarapa Forestry Services Limited.

Harvesting contractor Dawson & Havard Limited won two categories – Contractor of the Year, and Outstanding Environmental Management. Havard Logging, under the leadership of Operations Manager Gavin Wilson, has been contracted to Forest Enterprises for nearly 8 years. They have two crews currently harvesting for us in the Wairarapa, at Kaiwhata Forest and Blairlogie North Forest.

C3 provides log marshalling services to Forest Enterprises and other users of the Log Hub at Waignawa near Masterton. Masterton Team Leader Craig Allen won the Distribution Excellence Award for his commitment to problem-solving, information flow and client service.

Silviculturist Waisaka Sabutu of Wairarapa Forestry Services Limited (WFS) took the award for Forestry Excellence. For many years, Forest Enterprises has contracted WFS for almost all of our Wairarapa-based silvicultural programme, including our annual winter replanting programme. Their team produces top quality work and are committed to continuous improvement.

Forest Enterprises wishes to acknowledge all the nominees for this season’s awards, and congratulates Gavin, Craig and Waisaka for their win. For the full list of 2018 Award winners, visit the Southern North Island Wood Council website.

Nominee Bios

Contractor of the Year – Dawson & Havard Ltd (Gavin Wilson)
Dawson & Havard set an exemplary example of a forest contractor operation and set the bar for other contractors in the region. Attention to detail in all aspects of harvesting operations with an even focus on safety, quality and production including introducing innovation to achieve all of these facets mean that professional contractors like Havards reflect positively on the forest industry. Supporting initiatives around youth training, rural fire suppression and community fundraising complement the key component of harvest operations that Havards supply to a variety of forest owners in the region.

Distribution Excellence – Craig Allen, C3 (Waingawa)
Craig is very customer-centric in his approach and works with clients to come up with an optimum solution for distribution logistics. He proactively communicates when issues are foreseen to inform clients of any disruption and develop solutions. Craig plays a very important role in ensuring the supply chain works as seamlessly as possible and his strong work ethic and attention to detail make him a pleasure to work with.

Forestry Excellence (Silviculture) – Waisake Sabutu, Wairarapa Forestry Services Limited
An honest and reliable employee, Waisake is always looking for opportunities to upskill and completes additional unit standards each year covering a range of silviculture and rural fire standards. Waisake is consistent in his work output both in quality and productivity and takes a leadership role with new employees. Waisake will continue to look to improve as that is his nature and makes him a worthy winner of the Forestry Excellence (Silviculture) award.

Photos courtesy of Southern North Island Wood Council.

Featured picture – 2018 Winner Gavin Wilson (Havard Logging) on left, with Bert Hughes of Forest Enterprises (centre), the sponsor of the Contractor of the Year Award, and Daniel Doyle from Icehouse (right) which sponsored a prize for the winning contractor.

Photos below:
Top – 2018 Winner Craig Allen (C3) on right, with Mark McCarthy of McCarthy Transport Limited, the sponsor of the Distribution Excellence Award
Bottom – 2018 Winner Wasaka Sabutu (Wairarapa Forestry Services Limited) centre, on stage receiving his award from Cameron Eyre of NZ Forestry (right), the sponsor of the Forestry Excellence Award