New chairman for wood council

Ngati Porou Forests Ltd general manager Daniel Williams . . . new chairman of Eastland Wood Council.

Daniel Williams, general manager of Ngati Porou Forests Ltd, has been elected as new Eastland Wood Council chairman to take over from Iain McInnes of Ernslaw One, who has stepped down after six years.

Mr McInnes has been chairman of EWC during a period of massive growth in the forestry industry, and the wood council has had to respond accordingly.

This year will see EWC having a big focus on marketing, public relations and workforce development expertise.

Funding has been secured for the generation programme, a manager appointed and the first intake of students is scheduled for October..

“Further, to celebrate the success of forestry in the region, the Eastland Forestry Awards will be held for the 10th successive year.

“This is a major milestone,” Mr McInness said.

Chief executive Kim Holland said EWC acknowledged the work of Mr McInness.

“His leadership has seen significant growth and a change in a positive direction in the forestry industry, even when there have been some challenging times.”

Mr Williams said he had been general manager of NPFL and on the EWC board for more than seven years.

“During that time I have grown myself by listening and learning first to my own board, my staff and the 70-plus contract workers NPFL employs, and second to the many industry leaders, including contractors and principals who have sat on EWC (acknowledging those since retired).

“I am now ready to step into the chairman role and look forward to working with all those in our industry in continuing to drive the direction of EWC.

“Our forest industry is working through some headwinds at present, but challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

“Our challenge is to make our industry the industry of choice and leave it in a better state than we have.

“I believe this is achievable by placing greater emphasis on the positives we bring to our region; the sustainable employment that leads to better education, housing and health opportunities for the people of Tairawhiti.

Together with all our collective ideas and efforts, we will achieve this.”

Daniel Williams, general manager of Ngati Porou Forests Ltd, has been elected as new Eastland Wood Council chairman to take over from Iain McInnes of Ernslaw One, who has stepped down after six years.

Mr McInnes has been chairman of EWC during a period of massive growth in the forestry industry, and the wood council has had to respond accordingly.

This year will see EWC having a big focus on marketing, public relations and workforce development expertise.

Funding has been secured for the generation programme, a manager appointed and the first intake of students is scheduled for October..

“Further, to celebrate the success of forestry in the region, the Eastland Forestry Awards will be held for the 10th successive year.

“This is a major milestone,” Mr McInness said.

Chief executive Kim Holland said EWC acknowledged the work of Mr McInness.

“His leadership has seen significant growth and a change in a positive direction in the forestry industry, even when there have been some challenging times.”

Mr Williams said he had been general manager of NPFL and on the EWC board for more than seven years.

“During that time I have grown myself by listening and learning first to my own board, my staff and the 70-plus contract workers NPFL employs, and second to the many industry leaders, including contractors and principals who have sat on EWC (acknowledging those since retired).

“I am now ready to step into the chairman role and look forward to working with all those in our industry in continuing to drive the direction of EWC.

“Our forest industry is working through some headwinds at present, but challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

“Our challenge is to make our industry the industry of choice and leave it in a better state than we have.

“I believe this is achievable by placing greater emphasis on the positives we bring to our region; the sustainable employment that leads to better education, housing and health opportunities for the people of Tairawhiti.

Together with all our collective ideas and efforts, we will achieve this.”

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