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Kristy Ready for the Challenge

Qualified Chartered Accountant and Northland Contractor Kristy Kewene has joined the Women in Forestry Board, bringing a raft of governance and finance experience underpinned by practical contracting knowledge to the role. In this blog, we get to know the understated but highly competent Kristy a little better....

September 20, 2021

Loving Logging

Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa, Allen Logging’s Juliette Allen didn’t ever imagine she’d end up with a logging business. But when husband Mike had the opportunity to start a crew, it was too good to pass up....

June 22, 2021

Giving Back

Jonny Schick, owner of Shaw's in Cambridge, has a reputation for innovation and building strong relationships throughout the forestry industry. He recently pledged kick-starter funding to the Women in Forestry network and does heaps of good for forestry in general. In this blog post, we delve deeper into some of the awesome work Shaw's and Jonny do, as well as say a massive thanks for their support.  ...

June 15, 2021

Increase in sick leave entitlement

There have been some recent changes to employment law that you may not be aware of and will affect your business if you have staff members....

June 1, 2021

Appreciating Ange

Fast Harvesting’s Ange Alexander met her husband Smiley across the bar in Tirau Pub. Many years later, with 3 adult children, 6 logging crews and a bunch of good memories, she’s looking back on their journey and looking forward to taking a step sideways within the business to spend more time out in the bush appreciating the team....

March 9, 2021

Competenz Apprenticeship Boost

Apprenticeship Boost helps employers support new and existing apprentices in their first two years of training in a level 4 apprenticeship qualification with a wage subsidy. You could receive up to $16,000 per apprentice, across 20 months of their working and training....

February 25, 2021

Forestry lessons from Covid lockdowns

It’s been almost a year since New Zealand had a 4-week nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19. We caught up with some of our WIF members on specific things they learned during the disruptions, so that should it happen again, we’re better prepared to face the challenge....

February 24, 2021

Driver check for peace of mind

NZTA have a driver check service to help you keep up to date about what licenses your workers hold. This is a handy tool for contractors, helping to reduce your stress levels when managing work vehicles and the workers you have driving them....

July 15, 2020

Tackling challenges with a proactive approach

Working alongside husband Hayden, Sarah Wilson is helping to run their Logging Contracting business Mahuta Logging. While tackling the recent challenges of the log price downturn, Covid-19 lockdown, tighter finance parameters and the day to day ups and downs of doing business, plus juggling a young family and a farming job, Sarah is up for the challenge by taking a proactive approach to being involved....

July 15, 2020

Jodie's Heart and Soul

After more than 13 years working alongside husband Bruiser, Jodie Phillips says it’s all about the people and caring for the extended Whanau they’ve created through their harvesting business Bruiser Contracting. Currently based in the Waihi / Paeroa area, the husband-and-wife team employ 7 staff with a tower hauler crew. Jodie says working together as a team with Bruiser and knowing their individual strengths helps them to look after their people, the heart and soul of their business. “Br...

May 21, 2020

Managing Personal Finances in the Downturn

Everything that’s currently happening in the forestry industry is unprecedented. Financially, it’s getting more difficult for both contractors and workers to stay afloat every day, with less or no money coming in. In this article, we catch up with budgeting expert Jen McIvor, who shares some practical ideas for how to take control of personal finances to make ends meet. If you've ever looked at your bank account and wondered where your money's gone, this is a sign you are not in control of y...

February 25, 2020

Skipping to good health

Mandie Skipps hasn’t always worked in forestry. With a background in media & marketing and a passion for fitness, she brings a unique skill set to Skipps Logging, the Northland contracting business she runs with husband Tommy.Working in Senior leadership roles in media for 13 years, Mandie Skipps accumulated a heap of experience working with and managing different people. At the same time, husband Tommy was running Skipps Logging since 2007, with 2 crews operating in Northland. “I’ve alw...

February 20, 2020

Health and Safety Innovation with ThinkSafe Technology

Using innovations in technology on the job site can be a real time saver, especially when you’re relying on paper and your staff to fill it out. But technology gone wrong can also be a massive cause of frustration, from connectivity issues to unreliable devices and an expensive upfront investment. Here, we get the lowdown on the ThinkSafe Health and Safety App, and how it can make your life in the office that much better, plus how you can get yourself a 14-day free trial to make sure it will b...

January 28, 2020

Behind the Scenes of Women in Forestry

We’ve had some feedback from some of our followers that they would like to know more about the purpose of the Women in Forestry Network. So here we give an overview of how the group started, who we’re here to help and what we’re aiming to achieve.How it all started A few years back, Forestry Accountant Sonya Elmiger from Blackburne Group Chartered Accountants (Taupo) had the idea to connect women in the forestry industry through a newsletter. The newsletter grew in popularity, with more a...

November 12, 2019

People her Passion

With 65 staff across 8 ground base crews to coordinate, Jensen Logging’s Harvesting Manager Rachael Brown is passionate about the people in the business.Growing up in a logging family, Rachael says she has always loved being in the bush and being around forestry. Mum Margaret and Dad Russell started the business more than 45 years ago, first in Silviculture, then taking on a thinning contract about 10-12 years later. “I love the great outdoors, and I’ve always been involved on the fringe...

November 8, 2019

Strategic approach pays off

When you ask Business Owner Lynette Davis how she’s spent more than 35 years running a successful business with her husband Ross, there’s one thing that she keeps coming back to – taking a strategic approach to running the business.As a couple, Lynette says she and Ross had clearly defined roles in their business and worked to their strengths. “Ross was in charge of our operations and the face of our company, while I was more behind the scenes, taking care of financial planning and the ...

October 15, 2019

Women equal partners in their businesses

What began in 1998 as a small Waikato-based support network for women in the dairy industry, the Diary Women’s Network has grown into a network with more than 10,000 members nationwide. We caught up with Hilary Webber, Co-founder and inaugural Chair of the Dairy Women’s Network, who says women are equal partners in their businesses and are adding value every day.In the 1990’s during her campaign to become a Director of the New Zealand Dairy group, Hilary could see that there was a lack of ...

October 15, 2019

No looking back

After taking an unexpected opportunity to start their business Lumberjack Logging in 2015, Erika Herries and her husband Dan haven’t looked back.Based in Gisborne / East Coast, they run one crew with a 70ft tower hauler and employ eight staff. Erika runs the office, taking care of payroll, creditors, IRD obligations, and is the general run around for errands and smoko deliveries, with the crew nearly 1.5 hours away. She also looks after Health and Safety, working closely with their expert and...

September 18, 2019

Keeping it simple through the downturn

Kate and Aaron Pevreal have run ANK Pine Harvesters Ltd for the past ten years Waikato-based woodlot contractors Aaron and Kate Pevreal are no strangers to a downturn. In logging for 25 years and in business for 10, the husband-and-wife team say this is the third downturn they’ve been through. “Our first two were very hard, we were young and breaking out, had old equipment, and were trying to establish ourselves,” says Aaron. They got through by covering the basics and working for mu...

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