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Pre-planting workshop

This year’s annual PF Olsen central North Island pre-start planting workshop was held on the 14th of May at Ngongotaha Bowling Club. The workshop has been a successful feature of the planting programme since 2016 and this year was no different.

There were 75 planters, along with several crew managers and PF Olsen staff in attendance.

Ross Larcombe, the regional forestry manager for PF Olsen in the Central North Island comments:

“It was great to see this group ready to go. This year is the first of 10 that will see 100 million trees planted in New Zealand. Everyone recognizes the need for skilled labour and the pre-planting workshop is the first step. The planting goal is a huge opportunity, but the job has to be done right!”

The workshop followed the same format as previous years with participants moving between five 50-minute classroom sessions with a break for breakfast mid-way. It was then out to the forest for tuition on technique and good planting practices.  

Crews moving off to their first session with Ross Larcombe striding out in front.

Safety, health and risk management with Nic Steens.

D&A management, culture and relationships with family and workmates with Jason Whatuira.

Tuition on silvicultural practices with an emphasis on planting with Bill Tiopira from Toi Ohomai.

Crew leaders supervising the pre-work drug and alcohol test.

Health and wellbeing skills from Cheryl Robinson of Vitae.

A top breakfast was provided by the Ngongotaha bowling club.

Planters work full days in all weather, and the planting season is a short burst of hard work.  This workshop benefits the planters and their whanau by highlighting the life skills and knowledge required to ensure a productive season for all.