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THE LOGGERS

Show Synopsis

The Newtons have logging in their blood. Three generations have worked tirelessly in the bush, and now the Rotorua based family business, helmed by patriarch Willy Newton, is doing better than ever.
 
Willy Newton worked in the forest for 53 years with hardly a day off. Rain or shine, he led the five Newton Logging crews every day, working side by side in one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand. The work is intense, and the deadlines can’t be missed in this multi-million dollar business, but Willy’s gangs are committed to the forest, and greet every day with humour and enthusiasm.
 
Their mettle is tested however when the harvester, a frontline machine, is dealt a blow by some infamously challenging trees, and bad weather threatens to bring work to a grinding halt.

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Common Terms

Fell: To cut down a tree. 

Feller: A person who manually cuts down the trees.

De-limb: The process by which branches are removed from felled trees.

Widow Makers: Rotten or dangerous trees which are extremely hard to fell or cut down.

Harvester: The number one frontline machine, which cuts down and de-limbs trees. 

Skid Site: An area of land in the forest where the logs are processed and loaded onto trucks.

Break-out Boy: A person whose job is to manually strap wires to felled logs so they can be dragged down the hill by the hauler.

Lindsay

Toro

Sonny

Rose

Reece

Orene

Matiu

Napi

Kiri

Dave

Aaron

Warren

 

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About The Show

The Newtons have logging in their blood. Three generations have worked tirelessly in the bush, and now the Rotorua based family business, helmed by patriarch Willy Newton, is doing better than ever.

Willy Newton worked in the forest for 53 years with hardly a day off. Rain or shine, he led the five Newton Logging crews every day, working side by side in one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand. The work is intense, and the deadlines can’t be missed in this multi-million dollar business, but Willy’s gangs are committed to the forest, and greet every day with humour and enthusiasm.

Their mettle is tested however when the harvester, a frontline machine, is dealt a blow by some infamously challenging trees, and bad weather threatens to bring work to a grinding halt.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 2

Willie Newton

Willie Newton