Welcome to Eastland Wood Council

The Eastland Wood Council provides a collective voice for the forestry industry in the Eastland region which encompasses the Gisborne and Wairoa District Council areas and stretches from the Mohaka River in the South to East Cape in the North.


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Announcing 2018 Dates





Eastland Wood Council Press Release 5 th June

EWC, Hikurangi Forest Farms, Ernslaw One, and PF Olsens – the Forest Companies operating in the area, wish to acknowledge the devasting impact of this extreme weather event, on the Uawa and Tolaga Bay community, and empathise with them. All three companies have been up to assess the damage and as a priority, have offered full support and resources to GDC & Tairawhiti Roads to get roads open, ensuring access for land owners, and will do further assessments via helicopter tomorrow. The second phase will be clean up and working with affected land owners.

Kim Holland
CEO Eastland Wood Council

Kuru Crowned King at Forestry Awards 2018

The 2018 Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards were a record-breaker across the board, and fittingly produced the first two-time supreme winner.

Ricky Kuru – from Kuru Contracting – was toasted last night by more than 500 guests at the Awards dinner as the Eastland Wood Council Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year, as well as collecting the individual Roading Excellence Award. Mr Kuru last won the top award in 2013.

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Press Statement – Eastland Wood Council - May 2018

The Eastland Wood Council would like to confirm that Kim Holland has accepted the position as Chief Executive and commenced in her role on Monday, 1 May, 2018.


Kim comes to the EWC at an exciting time, building on the work that the outgoing CEO, Prue Younger has achieved; including the development and roll out of the Generation Programme, an industry-led training and skill development programme. Kim has a strong understanding of the skill and labour requirements of the forestry industry, having been involved in several forestry education to employment initiatives including the Forestry Industry Big Day Out in 2015. Kim will work alongside Prue for the next month then take over full reins 1 June.

Kim’s strengths come from the strong relationships and experiences built up across the region over time, working in and with, the education, tertiary/training, government, business and industry sectors, including forestry. These relationships will provide a solid foundation to further build and develop collaborative forestry industry experiences and initiatives, working to improving the community’s perception and understanding of forestry; and promoting the career and training pathways in the forestry industry.

Iain McInnes
Chair of Eastland Wood Council