Who we are

Nova Sylva Forestry NZ Ltd was established by and is still operated by Mike Tapley, Cameron Graham & Penny Tapley.

We currently have 25 full time staff, 8 based in Nelson and 17 in Canterbury. All staff are formally trained & certified in all aspects of their work and several hold National Certificates in Forestry.

Many of our staff have been with us for a number of years therefore providing our clients with the advantage of long term in field experience.

Mike Tapley’s experience in the forest industry combines formal qualifications (NZCF 1995) with practical forest operation skills of over 20 years. He is a registered industry trainer & assessor, national fire crew boss and member of NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF) and has significant experience in health & safety management.

Cameron Graham’s 20 years experience includes 5 seasons managing replanting contracts of up to 3,000,000 seedlings per season and thinning contracts for the Ministry of Forestry in British Colombia, Canada.He holds a NZ Dip in Business Studies( 1987), National Certificate in Operations Management & Silviculture & is a registered industry trainer & assessor and has had significant forest fire fighting experience.

Penny Tapley manages the day to day office administration.