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Dear FICA Members, Sponsors & Industry

Can you believe 20 years has gone by? FICA has been an incredible initaitve that has become a significant player in the forestry sector -  and I can say that as CEO for the last 5 years!

I won't go any further though without acknowledging the Board, who with John Stulen set this organisation on a trajectory of success. It's a hard ask to manage many people and satisfy all, but I always say if you get the majority, the few that are never on board were not going to be anyway! 

Who wrote that book, "Don't sweat the small stuff!" Thats right Richard Carlson. He must be the most horizontal person I know to not sweat the small stuff but god he got it right. It is good to know what makes everyone tick, whats important to some and not to others.

We have had our Board communicate with all members over these last few weeks. Some may not quite be complete but what an awesome fact finder that has been - thanks to my Board for the huge committment, and to those members who had a chance to feedback. I will be presenting some findings at our AGM - 20 Year Celebration in Rotorua this week.

We launch into this next 7 days of significance. Almost 2 years ago the FICA Board spoke about the opportunity to manage an EXPO (Big Boys Toys I called it) and goodness it's going to be a few more big toys than I ever imagined. Come on down to the Rotorua Racecourse this week Friday 18 & Saturday 19, you will not be disappointed - check out the pre-supplement of the event loaded up in the newletter.

Note an apology with regards to our last newsletter, the listings of the organisations involved in the collaborative letter to Te Uru Rakau for the Industry Transformational Plan omitted NZIF. As an update on the submission, we are subsequently still waiting on a reply from TUR but not holding our breath. The final plan gets launched at the National Field Days end of this month.

Just over 5 weeks until Xmas, and then closing out 2022 with one more newsletter to go, four more articles to write up and a huge list to do before I can put up my feet as you are probably all thinking about. What a bloody crazy year - good, bad and ugly.

Watch out for information about our last webinar too for the year - Wednesday December 7 with Immigration NZ going through the new Accredited Employer Work Visa process.

Ask your mate tomorrow, if they are OK, thats going to be more powerful to this sector than we even imagine! You just have to read what is below versus this time 2-3 years ago to see how the world has changed so much!

Lets have a beer at the EXPO this week and just enjoy being passionate (maybe crazy) to love this industry.

Ka kite ano, 
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Muka Tangata advice TEC on funding, consult on new Future Forestry qualification

Muka Tangata, the People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council (WDC), is one of six WDCs established to provide industry and sector voice and advocacy within the vocational education system of Aotearoa New Zealand. The WDCs were set as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) to create a unified and sustainable system that is fit for the future.

Muka Tangata helps industries get the skills and training they need by designing solutions to skill needs, including qualifications, standards and micro-credentials, and advising government on what training to fund. 

They also review and moderate qualifications and standards to best meet the needs of the food and fibre sector.

In its first year, Muka Tangata have worked to establish relationships with key organisations in the food and fibre sector, and specifically with iwi and hāpū Māori organisations to ensure that the aspirations of Māori in the food and fibre sector are clearly heard. 
Initial advice to the Tertiary Education Commission on funding priorities includes increased funding levels to address industry growth and a focus on equity, including continued investment in foundational skills. Advice also included funding greater use of micro-credentials[1] to provide flexibility, improving pastoral care for learners, and building inclusive and culturally appropriate vocational education, and increased support for employers to manage and train their staff. 
Muka Tangata are leading the consultation, design and development of a new qualification in forestry that will enable long term learner success and career progression. Through engagement with Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, they have identified a gap for a qualification which could provide a stepping-stone for employees wishing to move from technically focused roles into supervision and leadership. The new qualification will sit between the current level 4 and level 6 offerings in the NZQA framework.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to create a fit-for-purpose qualification which will fill a gap identified by the Forestry sector and contribute toward the building of future Forestry leaders.” Craig Langdon, General Manger, Qualifications and Standards, Muka Tangata Workforce Development Council.

Muka Tangata have conducted a Future Forestry Leaders Qualification workshop to discuss consultation and survey results to date. “It was a positive engagement where forestry industry representatives, MPI and training providers came together to review progress.”

The new Level 5 qualification could include leadership and team building, health and safety, computer literacy, Te Ao Māori, forest management, the forestry value chain, new innovations in technologies for forestry and land use classification/land use assessment. In addition, the focus of the design will be to facilitate work-based learning, online and bite sized learning as much as possible. 

Additional workshops, analysis of consultation feedback and industry survey are scheduled as part of this work.

Muka Tangata is developing a specific Forestry workforce development plan. The plan will include a work programme to address both short and long-term challenges, and will guide the advice to the Tertiary Education Commission and industry in March 2023.
If you’d like to contribute to the future recommendations put forward in our workforce development plans please reach out to our Engagement and Partnership Lead, responsible for Forestry, John Henare –

[1] Micro-credentials are a small, stand-alone award that recognise the achievement of specific skills, experience or knowledge. 

Contribute to the future recommendations here
Last week the FAST & FORWARD FORESTRY EXPO management launched the event through the local central north island papers with a full coverage of the two days ahead. Don't forget to make your way down to the Rotorua Racecourse Friday 18 at 9am - 5pm and again Saturday 19 at 9am - 3pm.
Click below to see the full supplement along with site map and participants

Injured? Don’t tough it out - taihoa ake, and get help 

ACC has launched a new campaign to improve Māori awareness and access to their services. Kia Mahea, Kia Puāwai (making it clear so we can flourish) aims to share practical information about services and support available to whānau when they are injured. This includes access to rongoā Māori - traditional Māori healing.
Central to the campaign is the message - Don’t tough it out – Taihoa ake, and get help.
The content has been created in collaboration with, and features, well-known Māori journalist, writer, actor, comedian and social media influencer, D’Angelo Martin. The campaign includes appearances by reigning kapa haka champions (Ngā Tūmanako) and their tutor Kawariki Morgan, champion power lifter Montel Tivoli, and Aunty Ana Berry-Tumoana from Whakaata Māori’s What’s Up with the Tumoanas.
You can view the videos here:
  • Gym Goer - click here to view video
  • At Home - click here to view video
  • Kapa Haka – click here to view video
More information is available on ACC’s website.
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FICA & FISC have collaborated to provide an opportunity to make more resources and information accessible to our industry, in particular the contractors. We heard that people are keen to share and access the “learning from everyday work” across the sector and this would be supported and welcomed. So as a test pilot we have digitalised Safetree as an APP bring the valuable and credible platform that we know the industry trusts and references often.
We are looking for 50 users to test drive this APP. Each user will be able to load up 2 devices on the account. In particular we want to test it across a spectrum of contractors so have allocated: 4 large, 15 medium and 30 small operators to be part of the pilot.
Currently we have sitting on the APP, Safetree Resources:
  • Tailgates – a selection of four various forms
  • Safety Alerts
  • Safetree Certification documents including a desk top audit
  • ACOP
The value of this APP is that it will work on site, on anyone’s smartphone and off the grid, how exciting will that be. So not only you the contractor but your staff will have easy access to the information on the APP. We will get you to load it up and play with it for a few month, then tell us what you like about it, access the quality of the resources and what other resources you would like to see on it as we can load a whole lot more up. For example the recent MicroInnovation campaign that was promoted, entering and accessing participants innovations could be accessible on the Safetree APP.
We would share with you as a user the activity reports back and get you to feedback back to us either during the pilot or post. So in three months we know how well this is working before we go the full way of development.
So send us an email reply today to confirm your interest to be a trial user, and we will send you a user password and access to the APP and start the trial asap for us.
Register Interest Here
Just in case you have not been following the Forestry Awards around NZ this year - the AWARD DINNERS have been a sell out. So not a surprise that Hawke's Bay has sold out!!! Well done and looking forward to that event on December 2 Friday in Napier.
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