Michelle is Northland's trainee of the year

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

Michelle Harrison takes health and safety in the forestry industry very seriously.

The 35-year-old, who won Trainee of the Year at this year's Northland Forestry Awards, also looks out for kiwi during log harvesting.

She lives in rural Okaihau with her family. She has always worked with her husband, Nigel, in forestry, and two years ago the couple started their own logging crew, Wise on Wood Ltd.

Husband Nigel said it's a balancing act for Michelle.

"Since joining the business Michelle has found time to concentrate on her own personal development and qualifications," he said.

"That's no mean feat considering she works full time, looks after me and the boys, does the bookwork, runs the health and safety programme and still helps out in the community.

"Michelle is our rock when it comes to health and safety. She spends endless hours at night researching and keeping up with others discoveries and misfortunes in the industry. This is a real asset in our crew," he said.

Michelle said being a female in the forestry industry was not always easy and to receive the Trainee of the Year award was recognition for the hard work she had put in over the years.

Her training is ongoing and she recently completed her Level 3 National certificate in business. In 2016, she was appointed a contract assessor for the industry training organisation for forestry, Competenz.

Source: The Country

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