Ngati Hine forestry trainees graduate

Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

Last Friday Forestry Minister Shane Jones marked the celebration of the first graduates of a One Billion Trees training programme - Ngati Hine received $1.89 million to run a Manuka training programme as part of a wider Joint Venture entered into with the Crown.

“We’re celebrating the first tranche of trainees, aged between 15 and 52, to have graduated from this programme. Eighteen trainees have picked up forestry jobs with another two students entering into further forestry training,” Shane Jones said.

“This is an enormous success and one I know Ngati Hine and the wider community will be incredibly proud of.

“The programme provided the opportunity for the recruits to gain skills in the forestry sector and then find employment. We need to see more of these initiatives around the country.

“We want a forestry sector where people can work safely because they are properly trained, and where they can expect to be decently paid.

“A further 20 trainees will go through the programme next year, following this year’s success,” Shane Jones said.

The One Billon Trees Fund provides funding to reduce the barriers to tree planting, including workforce development initiatives to help tackle the projected labour shortage and attract young people to the forestry sector.

“Forestry training programmes also make commercial sense and help foresters who are facing a skills shortage in the sector. The One Billion Trees planting programme is creating opportunities for employees and employers,” Shane Jones said.

“Training programmes like this one are consistent with the Government’s goal of developing a sustainable, domestic forestry workforce and I’m proud to be marking this occasion with the graduates today.”

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