Leaders in the
forestry industry were recognised at the New Zealand Institute of Forestrys
annual awards dinner held in Napier last night.
Forester of the
Year was awarded to Paul Nicholls, managing director of Rayonier NZ, for
outstanding service to the forestry industry.
The award is
one of the highest accolades in the industry, recognising contribution,
leadership, excellence and integrity.
a forestry degree from the University of Canberra, Australia, Paul began as a
graduate forester in Tasmania. During
his more than 30 years in forestry across Australia and New Zealand Paul has
generously given his time and expertise to the benefit of the industry.
organisations and projects include governance roles with NZ Wood, Wood Council
of NZ, The Levy Trust Board, Independent Safety Review Panel and he is
currently President of the Forest Owners Association.
the past 21 years Paul has been with Rayonier NZ, which manages Rayonier
Matariki Forests and is the country s third largest forest owner.
In announcing the award, President James Treadwell
stated, Paul is one of New Zealand’s most experienced foresters and has
contributed greatly to the ongoing growth and success of the industry. His knowledge and passion is highly respected
and he is a very committed member of the Institute.
Thomas Kirk award which is made every second year was awarded to Dr Andrew
McEwen for eminence and recognises outstanding contributions in the field of
Dr McEwen started as a forest trainee in
1962. From 1971 to 1982 he worked at the
Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, during which time he undertook his
Ph.D. In 1982 he moved to Wellington,
and from 1987 to 1999 he worked for Crown Forestry Management Ltd.
At the end of 1999 he started his own
business. Over the last decade Andrew
has volunteered countless hours to the industry in his role as President of the
Institute over the last six years and Vice President for four years.
James Treadwell stated, I am reliably told
Andrew entered into the forestry industry as he was told at a careers evening
it was an industry where every day was a picnic in the bush. I do not think any of us believe Andrew has
had time for picnics in the last decade!
Media Release 8.7.2014