Business North December / January 2021

60 | Port Blakely TIMBER INDUSTRY - NZFOA US timber giant right at home in New Zealand T from page 58 Port Blakely is a major employer in the New Zealand forest sector. “A forest is a system. It’s not just a bunch of trees and so its important you recognise the environmental issues that sustain the forest— soil stability, water quality, the animals that live in the forest—they’re all an integral part of the forest system. “If you want to be truly successful, sustaina- ble and resilient you must pay attention to all three of those factors.” Referring to an optimisation approach, rath- er that maximisation, Phil says Port Blakely is a long-term investment business placing emphasis on investment in communities and relationships. “I think that’s the family dynamic coming out and the beauty of having family owners as opposed to public equity investors whose main interest is the bottom line. “Forestry doesn’t have an automatic right to occupy the rural landscape, it has to earn that right and it has certain responsibilities to the communities. “Port Blakely recognises that it’s a privilege to own land in New Zealand, it’s not a right and its a privilege to be part of and work with rural communities.” Port Blakely’s community contribution is not just about creating valuable employment with- in the communities; its also about developing recreational infrastructure for people both in the community and those who visit. “The classic example is the investment we’ve put into mountain bike tracks in Herbert Forest, attracting people into that community and providing a recreational resource for the residents. “And its not just about giving money—it’s about giving time and building genuine and true relationships beyond 5.00pm.” That emphasis on relationships and trust is also key to developing a health and safety culture that steps beyond compliance. “Compliance regimes may fail, whereas a good health and safety culture doesn’t.” Port Blakely is also committed to the protec- tion and restoration of endangered species, working with voluntary organisations in the North Island to protect the Kokako habitat, and Department of Conservation in the South Island to protect and enhance long tailed bat populations. “Both have had great results not only in terms of species protection but also communi- ty engagement,” says Phil. Inta-Wood FORESTRY LTD Sivicultural contractors • PLANTING • RELEASING • PRUNING • THINNING • SCRUB CUTTING Operating across the Bay of Plenty, Waikato & King Country since 1997 0274 758 927 nathan.fogden@inta-woodforestry.co.nz PO Box 247, Te Puke FORESTS ARE OUR FUTURE PLANT AND CARE FOR YOURS WITH THE PROFESSIONALS Personal & Property Guard • Investigation Document Server • Security Consultant Surveillance • K9 Unit • Forest Security GR Security are proud to support Port Blakely with all of their security needs rondineatgr@gmail.com 021 081 47 388 GAVIN • RONDINE • PAIGE CMH Contracting Ltd is proud to be a leading harvesting contractor to Port Blakely. Port Blakely is a company who pride themselves in managing their forests in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way and it is a privilege to be involved with them. CMH Contracting Ltd 0274396531 conan.h@xtra.co.nz „ 5 ton 6.5 mtr reach „ 14 ton 13.5 mtr reach FOR ALL TYPES OF: „ Rural, Industrial & Residential earthworks „ Forestry roading „ Demolition „ River works „ Oxidation, desilting & frost protection ponds „ House & shed sites „ Roadways „ Engineered filling „ Rock breaker / stick rakes „ Mulcher heads, augers „ Ripper pick & swamp matts „ Pump 6” Colin Amrein CONTRACTING EXCAVATORS & BULLDOZERS including : LONG REACHES Office : (07) 543 0413 Colin : 0274 930 616 Paul : 027 722 8760 FREE QUOTES TRUCK & TRAILERS : Metal, sand, pumice & topsoil cartage CAT y BOBCAT on rubber tracks y MUCKER y LOADERS www.excava torsbop.co.nz „ 21 ton 15.5 mtr reach „ 12 ton & 20 ton „ 5 ton 6.5 mtr reach „ 14 ton 13.5 mtr reach FOR ALL TYPES OF: „ Rural, Industrial & Residential earthworks „ Forestry roading „ Demolition „ River works „ Oxidation, desilting & frost protection ponds „ House & shed sites „ Roadways „ Engineered filling „ Rock breaker / stick rakes „ Mulcher heads, augers „ Ripper pick & swamp matts „ Pump 6” Colin Amrein CONTRACTING EXCAVATORS & BULLDOZERS including : LONG REACHES Office : (07) 543 0413 Colin : 0274 930 616 Paul : 027 722 8760 FREE QUOTES TRUCK & TRAILERS : Metal, sand, pumice & topsoil cartage CAT y BOBCAT on rubber tracks y MUCKER y LOADERS www.excavatorsbop.co.nz C2008kwColinAmrein „ 21 ton 15.5 mtr reach „ 12 ton & 20 ton

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