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Forestry centre stage at Good Employer Awards

Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd have made the forestry industry proud, taking out the Māori Agribusiness Award at the 2022 Primary Industries Good Employer Awards last night. The Bay of Plenty based contractors were also finalists for the Supreme Award. Hosted by MPI, the Good Employer Awards are a time to celebrate their passion towards supporting employees by putting their health, welfare and wellbeing first. Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd directors Wini and Simon Geddes were in attendance to accept their award fo...

June 30, 2022

Insurance Update - Forestry High Risk

The insurance industry is currently undergoing a number of changes with a many insurers moving away from occupations they consider to be high risk, particularly when it comes to liability policies.  You may be experiencing issues where an insurer which has provided cover for your business over many years has decided they no longer have an appetite for forestry risks, leaving you high and dry.  As our Strategic Partner, Sweeney Townsend Insurance Brokers can offer you peace of mind, exp...

June 7, 2022

FICA Enews June 2022

Firstly congrats to the Queen, her 70th Jubilee what a milestone and I hope you all have come off the back of a good long weekend.Next, thanks to all the contractors that signed up to FICA for 2022, we really appreciated the opportunity to be able to offer this 15% discount to members this year. In light of the challenging year we have had, we wanted to recognise this and give something back....

June 7, 2022

New $25k micro-innovation challenge coming for contractors

A new micro innovation challenge, endorsed by FICA and funded by Worksafe, trials a new process and fund to support micro innovation among forestry crews. The three winning innovators will receive up to $25,000 each to develop their concept into a prototype. The Challenge is focussed on finding technical solutions to problems forestry workers face on a daily basis. Crews will be able to register their innovations online and can then engage with other innovators online and respond ...

June 6, 2022

Dedicated Damon

As Woodlot Harvestings newest apprentice, Damon Zillwood is already becoming a hugely valuable member of his crew. Previously working as a diesel mechanic assistant, Woodlot Harvestings Managers were able to employ Damon via the FICA MSD Harvesting Subsidy and its already paying great dividends. As a lover of the outdoors, working in forestry seemed like a natural fit for apprentice Damon Zillwood. “I love hunting and the outdoors, so forestry is the ideal place for me to be,” says Damon. ...

May 25, 2022

Outdoor opportunities for Callum

Working as a machine operator for Roxburgh Contracting under the FICA MSD Harvesting Subsidy, school-leaver Callum Maze is loving working in logging and working outdoors. While participating in the Gateway programme as a senior in secondary school, Callum Maze enjoyed working on the processor simulator and expressed an interest in working in forestry. His existing forestry connections made it easy for him to pathway from school to work, taking up a role with his contact Lawson Roxburgh who owns...

May 25, 2022

Expert QC Jessie-Lee

After finishing school and doing a stint at a local apple packhouse in the Hawkes Bay, Jessie-Lee Bush was approached by her Mum’s boss at DG Glenn Logging (DGL) to work there as a QC (Quality Controller) under the FICA MSD Harvesting Subsidy. Eligible for the FICA MSD Harvesting Subsidy as a new “Kiwi local” recruit to forestry, Jessie-Lee was offered a job and thought she’d give it a try, joining the team in September 2021. DGL employs more than 150 staff around the Hawkes Bay area, w...

April 20, 2022

MyACC for Business – view Work Related Claims Reports Online

If you have any employees that have a work-related injury, you can view and download the claims report online now in MyACC for Business If you’re not registered yet, visit MyACC for Business and sign up using your ACC number or IR number, and email address - it’s quick and easy!With MyACC for Business you can also:Go paperless – set preferences to receive your invoice by email. Update your liable earnings to ensure you get the most accurate invoice possibleUse live...

April 19, 2022

Fuel Prices - Information from Z Energy

Over recent weeks we have seen significant movements in the global price of refined fuels driven by international events such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  You will have seen these global price movements flowing through to New Zealand and the impact of these increases at the pump.Given the sensitivity of these price movements, we wanted to provide some additional context as to the contributing factors given the swings in diesel and petrol pricing is higher than what may normally be seen...

April 5, 2022

Press Release: ​State of the Industry Update

This is a joint press release between FICA, Safetree and NZFOA.  As we have all seen in the media and through our industry communication platforms in last 10 days, there is a multitude of factors all compounding the export market now perfect storm has arisen and this is putting considerable pressure on the domestic market and, particularly, harvest contracts.  We would traditionally have seen a downturn at the end of February each year with the impact of the Chinese New Year. What is h...

November 23, 2021

Press Release: The Trough Is Dropping Fast

We are all aware of how forestry rises and falls and that the trends of export log prices are cyclical, but this next hump is one out of the norm which about now we know we are working up to a well-deserved festive break, a busy year and working to script and then expecting a drop in the market traditionally into the Chinese New Year.Last year we had a 5 week lead up to COVID where our industry was well down on production with pricing and supply pressures before COVID hit the rest of the primary...

November 6, 2021

Press Release: Immigration New Zealand is letting down the Silviculture Industry

FICA is calling on Immigration New Zealand to reassess its position on silviculture migrant worker policy, following a series of recent rejections that have been brought to light.Forest Industry Contractors Association CEO Prue Younger says she has been fielding calls and emails from several frustrated Silviculture Contractors, who feel let down by Immigration New Zealand.“I’ve been hearing multiple stories of Immigration New Zealand wasting valuable time and shifting the goal posts on ...

August 30, 2021

Press Release: Pressure mounting across entire forestry supply chain as port build ups highlight issues

FICA is calling for an all of forestry strategy to deal with the mounting pressure on the entire forestry supply chain, currently being highlighted by build-ups at major New Zealand ports. FICA say the situation is far from over and the sector needs to work together to find solutions.Export market demand for New Zealand logs has been strong in recent months, putting extra pressure on our infrastructure, particularly at ports. FICA spokesperson Prue Younger, who represents contractors as the CEO ...

July 29, 2020

Press Release: Government Funding Packages Need to be Flexible

FICA is appealing to Government to offer some flexibility in the funding packages announced last week as the industry remains in an unstable and complex environment.It has been well over 6 weeks since emergency meetings were held by forest owners with their contractors to advise some of them that their work would be stopped immediately, within a month or that their work schedules would be reduced ongoing. That followed a 27 January announcement from Zhejiang Province that returning to ...

March 23, 2020

Press Release: NZ Forestry Contractors Reaching Breaking Point in Forestry Crisis

FICA says forestry crisis is dire and contractors are reaching breaking point in an ever-worsening situation. Rapid impacts have been felt over the past month by the forestry industry with the effects of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, with many out of work and in serious financial crisis. FICA CEO Prue Younger says people outside the industry are largely unaware of the seriousness of the crisis.“We need to have politicians, government officials and the public outside of forestry fu...

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