EFA Awards

Welcome to the Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards 2017

The Eastland Wood Council now celebrate their eighth annual awards and look forward to recognising our top performers, our heroes of the industry and the Eastland Wood Council – Skilled Professional of the Year. The official opening for nominations is the beginning of Feb 2017.

What’s NEW this year is that we offer a mentor to assist you with getting your nomination together. Our selected mentor will be able to guide you through the nomination process and make sure that you have completed it with the right information before sending it through to the event manager. 

Mentor Scheme

By engaging with our selected mentor you will be provided with up to 2-3 hours of support to:

  1. Understand the information that is required in the nomination form
  2. Gain a better understanding of how to complete the nomination form
  3. Have access to the mentor for questions
  4. Have your mentor review the final nomination application

*Please note this is not a guarantee of a finalist position at the awards. Your nomination must stand on its own merits and will ultimately be judged by a select panel within your elected category.


Journalism has been part of Diana’s world for decades. She has won international acclaim for her work in both words and pictures. In 2016 Diana was a member of the New Zealand team as a press attaché at the Rio Olympic Games. She also works extensively with the nation’s top equestrians.

Diana has an extensive portfolio of commercial clients who she helps with press releases, media management and communication. She also works regularly with newspapers, websites, magazines and television stations throughout New Zealand, writing predominantly about business, sport and travel. In her ‘spare time’, Diana is a mum to a very busy teenage son.

Contact the event manager to be connected up to this scheme.




The Eastland Wood Council is an incorporated society established to provide 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. The group was formed in 2001 as the East Coast Forestry Industry Group (ECFIG). Over the next five years ECFIG proved itself as a worthwhile initiative to assist the industry in its objectives. In 2006 a review was undertaken resulting in the group being enhanced and the Eastland Wood Council being formed.


The operational objectives of the EWC are:

  1. To enhance the business environment for commercial plantation forestry and processing in the Gisborne and Wairoa District by bringing together companies with a common interest in these enterprises.
  2. To establish a collective voice of the plantation forestry and wood industry.
  3. To provide a forum for members to jointly develop strategies on matters of common interest.
  4. To engender political and community support for the forestry industry in the district.


Announcing 2017 Dates 

Feb 6, 2017 Nominations Open 

March 31, 2017 Nominations Close 

April 2017 Judging 

May 19, 2017 Awards Dinner 



Contact Details

Chief Executive EWC

Prue Younger

M: 021 2765484

E: prue@eastlandwood.co.nz