relevant information and support available

FICA has collated a range of information and resources that may be of use to forestry contractors, workers and support services affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. 

As a body representing our people at the frontline of forestry, FICA are reaching out to support relocation and employment of crews and contractors.

We know some are going to be challenged to start work in any short term timeframe in the major impacted regions due to Cyclone Gabrielle on top of prior weather events.

We offer the facilitation of moving our people and matching up available work. Mandie Skipps will be working on behalf of FICA to manage this role.

We have already received information from many contractors that are prepared to move out of region to keep their crews working and equally we know of work with windthrows and additional harvesting contacts.

If you have work available even if it is not Forestry centric or if you are interested in getting more information or lodging your interest, please contact Mandie Skipps.

*This is not just available to FICA members at this time - the whole of industry is our concern.

Have work or looking for work? 

Contact Mandie Skipps - 

You can also check the NZ Logger Facebook page

mental health support

Mates4Life Hawke’s Bay is a suicide awareness and prevention programme being delivered at no cost to workplaces and organisations across Hawke’s Bay.


Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat.

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).

Healthline – 0800 611 116


We need your feedback - we also want to support all contractors not just FICA members at this time - important to put a whole of industry hat on this support. 

Given the current catastrophic weather emergency in Northland, Tairawhiti/Gisborne and Hawkes Bay – FICA is very keen to get as much information back about the current state of the nation on individual contractors who were working within these areas and this will escalate the support, we are able to seek from government and other agencies. Please if you are affected or know of others that are in your region, please give us answers to four simple questions:

  1. Location of work?

  2. How many employees have been impacted?

  3. Has equipment been damaged?

  4. Can you see production starting up again in the next few weeks – months or maybe not likely?

EMAIL your answer to

Please report on anyone else you know about or share this info. Yours as a key advocate for contractors.

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