This is the first issue of the newsletter that will be edited by Chris Perley. I am delighted that Chris has agreed to take on this role, and I look forward to his contribution – I am sure that the newsletter will benefit from Chris’ experience and enthusiasm. It is an objective of this Council to broaden the base of the Institute, and the contributions from members – if there are other members have skills they would like to offer to the Institute, please let us know!
Another Council objective is to make the NZIF more attractive and relevant to our young members, and one of the ways we can do this is to recognise the achievements and potential of our young forestry professionals. David Saathof was recently recognised as the winner of the Prince of Wales Sustainability Award in 2018. David graduated from the School of Forestry in 2015 with First Class Honours and has been working in Southland for Rayonier Matariki since then, as a Harvest Planner and Roading Engineer. David has taken on the role of Environmental Coordinator for the region, and received an Environmental Award from the Southern Wood Council in 2017. He has been recognised for his work in designing low impact stream crossings, and for his community outreach work with local schools through Southland Youth Futures, and a local catchment group. He has presented papers at Forest Engineering and Resource Management conferences in New Zealand.
Some 20 years ago the late Rod Donald, former co-leader of the Green Party, sat in our lounge in Greymouth and outlined his party’s approach to solving underemployment in South Auckland and eradicating predator’s in New Zealand's forests in one swoop. Simple really – train up the people of South Auckland in predator control and let them loose in the wilds of the West Coast and elsewhere.
It was of course nonsense and I told Rod as much. Fortunately, I knew Rod before he entered politics and felt comfortable speaking frankly to him as a result. My opening comment was to ask how much he was intending to increase the government’s Search and Research budget as a result of this initiative.
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