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September 17th, 2013

Forestry training winners celebrated

Fourteen ecstatic Forest and Wood industry players celebrated being top in their category amongst 320 VIP's and guests at last Friday’s Forest and Wood Industry Training Awards at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

The Awards evening was organised by Industry Training Organisation Competenz and hosted by Carol Hirschfeld.  The Awards is a culmination of rigorous interviews and judging of 56 nominees who were then whittled down to 36 finalists. The 14 resulting winners took the stage last night in their individual categories.

This was the first time that the Awards was run by Competenz, after the organisation merged with FITEC in May, further consolidating the ITO sector.

"The forestry industry is very conscious of the need for continued training, and this event recognises those that maintain excellent training development and outstanding performance in their field", confirmed John Blakey, Competenz CEO.

The judges for the Awards commented that this years selection of finalists were of an exceptional standard often making it hard to decide the winner in some categories. The calibre of their interview resumes were outstanding and really showed that the industry had a strong backbone of training culture. There was a range of successful attributes highlighted across the categories including nominees having a strong leadership style, very ambitious training goals, excellent systematic processes for training and being an engaging and respected role model.

The overall winner of the Trainee of the Year Furniture category sponsored by Milwaukee was Alex Rau from Molloy Furniture. This category required nominees to craft a unique piece of furniture and judges commented that Mr Rau’s piece, a portable fold-out bar,  was “a true example of creativity and great workmanship which displayed complexity in build and would be a highly popular commercial item of furniture.”

Jim Bibby, Managing Director of STIHL, a significant industry partner, who sponsors three of the categories commented that "the night was extremely important to them and support of this industry was a high priority for them each year."

The evening was a resounding success all round and winners of each category took away hearty  accolades  from their industry peers, employers and employees. To view photos from the evening check out our album on Facebook here.

Award category winners

Waiariki Institute of Technology - Top Forestry Diploma Student - sponsored by Shaws Wire Ropes Mitch White

University of Canterbury - Top Forestry Degree Student - sponsored by Shaws Wire Ropes Grant Pearse

Trainee of the Year – Forestry – sponsored by STIHL Nukumai Jansen, Raywood Contracting, Gisborne

Trainee of the Year – Wood Manufacturing – sponsored by Juken NZ Ltd Matthew Shaw, CHH Pulp & Paper Kinleith, Tokoroa

Trainee of the Year – Furniture – sponsored by Milwaukee Alex Rau, Molloy Furniture

Modern Apprentice of the Year – Forestry – sponsored by STIHL Lawrence Rehutai, UBQ Limited, Tokoroa

Modern Apprentice of the Year – Wood Manufacturing – sponsored by Competenz Joshua Pendreigh, Southern Cross Forest Products Ltd, Mosgiel

Modern Apprentice of the Year – Furniture – sponsored by Mirotone Jakob Walker, INNATURE Ltd, Auckland

Training Company of the Year – Forestry – sponsored by Rayonier Matariki Steve Yeoman, Volcanic Plateau Logging Limited, Taupo

Training Company of the Year – Wood Manufacturing – sponsored by Skellerup Juken New Zealand (Wairarapa) Ltd, Masterton

Training Company of the Year – Furniture – sponsored by Competenz Sealy NZ, Auckland

Health & Safety Initiative - sponsored by ACC Kelvin Diack, Raywood Contracting, Gisborne

Outstanding Business Performance through People Development - sponsored by Juken NZ Ltd Bruce Larsen, Northpine Limited

Competenz Training Leader of the Year - sponsored by STIHL Adrian Greig, Juken New Zealand (Wairarapa) Ltd, Masterton

Sponsors: Stihl, Rayonier/ Matariki Forests, JNL, ACC, Mirotone, Skellerup, Shaws Wire Ropes

Partners: Joiners, Logger, Home Ideas Centre, Danske Mobler, Arnotts, Milwaukee Tools, Holiday Inn