Forest industry still chasing staff

Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

Forestry and sawmilling jobs are up for grabs as demand continues to outstrip supply across the sector. A sawmilling company owner in Te Puke who has about 180 employees was also back on the tools because he desperately needs another 30 full-time workers. This was just one dilemma the forestry industry was facing amid a ''perfect storm'', with slower log vessel loading times at the Port of Tauranga and concerns over Covid lockdown policy in China, the sector's biggest export market.

Mahi Rākau Forest Management's health, safety, training and recruitment co-ordinator Joe Taute said he was looking for 30 workers. He said finding people who were drug-free and who would show up was hard. Taute said in his view tree-planting programmes could be under threat alongside the Government's aim to plant one billion trees by 2028.

Red Stag Group chief executive Marty Verry said it was still seeing strong demand and the industry had a good pipeline for the next 12 months. The company was continuously recruiting and would need 15 new workers in the next three months.

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Source: Rotorua Daily Post

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