Eastland Forestry Awards 2010


On Friday 7th May, the inaugural Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards were held in Gisborne. This was an opportunity to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, contractors and companies within the Eastland workforce. It was a hugely successful night, selling out weeks in advance of the event, with great support from across the region.

It was also a successful night for Ernslaw staff and contractors, who won four of the awards. Congratulations to the following winners.

Steve Dewes, Dewes Contracting Ltd – Training Company/Contractor of the Year (award accepted by Colleen Dewes)
Steven Dewes has been contracting on the East Coast for over 25 years. He has a maintained a well trained workforce, is committed to training his staff, and participates in and supports various training schemes. His people development is also shown by the number of his former employees who now have their own contracting business or hold key positions in other companies.

Chris Hurring, Chris Hurring Logging – Contractor of the Year
Chris first started working for Ernslaw One in 1991 in the South Island, and on the East Coast since 2006. He has consistently been a top producer for Ernslaw One, with excellent value recovery, quality, training, health and safety, and environmental management. He is innovative and often first with new ideas, being the first contractor in lower South island to have a Waratah processor, and then to use grapples on his swing yarder. He brought one swing yarder to the East Coast, then purchased a second, and has a single mechanized processor working between the two. He has also expanded into cartage, running several trucks for Ernslaw One

Mike Noble, Ernslaw One – Outstanding Health and Safety Management Award
Mike is currently the NI H&S Manager for Ernslaw One, though has fulfilled a number of roles within the company and others on the East Coast. Mike was key in instigating the Eastland Forest Safety Committee which has come up with some very good initiatives in the region, including tree falling and cable yarding workshops.

Josh Maxwell, Harvestpro – Modern Apprentice of the Year
Josh has consistently been a good performer for Harvestpro log 9. He is diligent, reliable and strives for self improvement. His commitment to self development made him a worthy winner for this candidate.

Recognition is also due to other nominations from Ernslaw and our contractors, who didn’t win their category but still did well to be nominated.
Glen Leef – Razorback Logging
Dave Pikia – Asset Forestry
Bully Halley – Halley Forestry
Alan Richards – Seymour Transport Services
Ian McLoughlin – Seymour Transport Services
Charlie Kahaki – Williams & Wilshier

The evening also included the presentations of FITEC National Certificates so congratulations to those who gained these, especially Cameron Nepe of Ernslaw One who was presented with four National Certificates.

Gisbrone Herald coverage of the event can be read here.... and Stephen Jonhes Photography coverage of the event can be sen here...