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Simon Palmer                             

National Certificate in Horticulture                                   Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture                           

As a young child, I was infatuated with climbing trees.                         This provided me with endless hours of entertainment and became the start of my life long commitment in achieving a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural environment.

This was being realized in 1994 when I obtained my National Certificate in Horticulture from Manukau Institute of Technology. This qualification is a prerequisite for going on to study the Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture and other industries like; Silviculture (foresty), Viticulture (grapes), Floriculture (flowering plants) with Agriculture closely associated.

I then went on to work for a tree company in Auckland in 1996, that specializes in large and difficult dismantles, using cranes and heavy equipment. After a year of working as a groundsman, I was promoted to foreman. I was responsible for driving the truck and chipper, was the primary climber and was accountable for the safety and efficiency of my crew. This position gave me the opportunity to gain experience in most aspects of tree work. I left at the end of 1999 to gain higher industry recognized qualifications.

Through hard work and determination, I gained my Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture year 2000 from Waikato Polytechnic, based in the stunning Hamilton Botanic Gardens.

At the start of 2001, I was given the opportunity to move to Wellington to establish my own arboricultural business. This experience has allowed me to develop and refine my knowledge and expertise in tree management and develop strong business philosophies that promote sustainable development within the industry and the natural environment.  

We would like to thank our clients for their on going support, loyalty and trust over the years and look forward to working with you and your trees again in the future.


 







Ninette Rowland
apprentice arborist

Ninette has been working as a trainee arborist with us since October 2011 primarily as a support person to work along side Jade and has shown herself to be a highly valued member of the team on so many levels.                     Her back round is in plant ecology and holds a degree in plant science showing her keen and genuine interest in all things tree related.             With one years experience as a trainee arborist, Ninette is now ready to take on the challenge of a 3 year apprenticeship of which we have full confidence that she will achieve her desired goal to the highest level.


Primary I.T.O credits achieved in 2013;

Obtain a current first aid certificate                                                 Level 3 @ 2 Credits                                                                         Training day

Demonstrate knowledge of the code of practice relating to chainsaws       Level 2 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Training day

Operate a chainsaw                                                                         Level 3 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Training day

Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements     Level 1 @ 3 Credits                                                                       Training day

Identify plants                                                                               Level 2 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Training day

Introduction to soil                                                                         Level 2 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Training day

Demonstrate Knowledge of the New Zealand arboriculture industry           Level 2 @ 3 Credits
On job assessment



Credits achieved in 2014;

Maintain Amenity Trees and Shrubs                                                 Level 3 @ 8 Credits                                                                         On job training

Carry out groundperson's duties in an arboriculture situation                   Level 3 @ 4 Credits                                                                         On job training 
 
Plant trees and shrubs                                                                     Level 4 @ 2 Credits                                                                         On job training

Prune young trees and shrubs in arboriculture situations                         Level 3 @ 4 Credits                                                                         On job training

Demonstrate knowledge of structure and function of plants                   Level 2 @ 5 Credits                                                                       Cross credited

Demonstrate knowledge of plant processes and life cycles                   Level 3 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Cross credited

Identify and describe plant diseases and disorders and methods of prevention and control                                                                 Level 3 @ 8 Credits                                                                         Training day

Diagnose amenity tree health problems                                               Level 4 @ 8 Credits                                                                         Training day

Demonstrate knowledge of safety near electric supply lines
Level 3 @ 5 Credits
Training day

Use climbing equipment in arboriculture                                           Level 3 @ 3 Credits                                                                         
On job training

Transplant amenity trees and shrubs manually                                     Level 3 @ 4 Credits                                                                           On job training

Carry out an arboriculture tree inspection                                           Level 4 @ 5 Credits
Training day

Tree evaluation methods                                                               Level 4 @ 6 Credits                                                                         Training day


Each credit achieved is equivalent to 10 hours of practical or theoretical knowledge
Level 3 credits gain a Certificate of Horticulture and the Certificate of Arboriculture
Level 4 credits gains the Advanced Certificate of Arboriculture






Norfolk Island Pine removal @ 3 Humber St, Island Bay 18.04.14

Our client had requested us to remove the 20m+ Norfolk Island Pine due to the roots undermining the concrete wall at the back of the garage so sadly it had to go.
This is Ninette's first opportunity to complete a task of this significance and was a great chance to break in her brand new petzel harness purchased from Levin Sawmakers as well as test her nerve in the tree. This was proven not to be a problem as she has a very high pyramid of confidence which means at no point did she show any fear! Ninette has all the hall marks of quickly becoming a highly qualified, highly skilled arborist and we're fortunate to have the opportunity to train and work with her
The process of removing the tree was to carefully dismantled the frame work branch by branch then the trunk section was cut into large sections, the pieces falling perfectly into a confined work space around the base of the tree where there was the garage roof to avoid, concrete paths and steps and also their driveway below the tree going up to the house.
The base of the branches where retained on the trunk as steps or foot holds as the technique of climbing in spikes is more advanced and the peg option worked well.
The job was completed in approximately 5 hours, safely and efficiently with no damage to property making it a very successful project



At this point, the battery on my cell phones went flat so we miss out on seeing Ninette sectional fell the main part of the trunk in 1 - 1 1/2m sections while the phone was on charge.
The process is exactly the same as the top three photos but becomes more much difficult as the trunk gets thicker near the base.


AND THATS HOW IT'S DONE! :)





Aspects of the confined working space;
with zero damage to hard landscaping, garage roof and plants


The minimal amount of equipment required but at the highest quality, combined with not taking away the branch material allows us to offer very competitive rates for all of your tree work projects from shaping small shrubs to removing large difficult trees in confined spaces, we are the arborists for the job :D



The PROARB team

Reid Osbourne (left) Ninette Rowland (centre) Phil Whiteley (right)



Jade Darbyshire 

T/A Elite Arboriculture


Jade is from Taranaki and his back round is in silviculture (forestry) and viticulture (grape production). Jade started working for us at the end of August 2010 as a trial period and was immediately enrolled in the NZHITO (New Zealand Horticulture Industry Training Organisation) apprenticeship scheme due to the potential and commitment that he has displayed.     Jade has shown himself to be an extremely competent and dedicated worker and has already become a highly valued member of our team.    2011 is the start of Jades three year apprenticeship and we will keep you up to date with Jade's progress as he completes the unit standards required to achieve his Advanced Certificate of Arboriculture.                We anticipate that as Jade becomes more experienced and qualified in this field, he will take more of a lead role in how our tree work projects are managed and completed. This will only happen as a result of our on going commitment to provide the highest quality tree management to our loyal and supportive clients that we have worked with both recently and over the last ten years. Our business has continued to grow due to the nature of our working environment and the promotion of satisfied Wellington residence. We genuinely appreciate and rely on your continued support to ensure the success and development of our business.


NZHITO credits achieved in 2011:

Obtain a current First Aid Certificate.                                              Level 3 @ 2 Credits

Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements.  Level 1 @ 3 Credits

Demonstrate knowledge of the approved code of practice relating to  chainsaw use. Level 2 @ 5 Credits

Maintain a chainsaw.                                                                   Level 3 @ 10 Credits

Operate a chainsaw.                                                                        Level 3 @ 5 Credits

Maintain amenity trees and shrubs.                                                Level 3 @ 8 Credits

Fell and limb trees in arboriculture under supervision.                         Level 3 @ 10 Credits

Demonstrate knowledge of plant processes and plant life cycles.         Level 3 @ 5 Credits

Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of plants.         Level 2 @ 5 Credits

Carry out groundpersons' duties in an arboricultural situation.              Level 3 @ 4 Credits

Use climbing equipment for arboriculture.                                         Level 3 @ 3 Credits

Demonstrate knowledge of the New Zealand arboriculture industry.      Level 2 @ 3 Credits

Plant trees and shrubs.                                                                Level 2 @ 4 Credits

Prune young trees and shrubs in arboriculture situations.                        Level 3 @ 4 Credits

Identify plants.                                                                           Level 2 @ 5 Credits

Climb a well branched tree                                                            Level 4 @ 10 Credits

Prepare to use, use and remove a brushwood chipper.                       Level 3 @ 3 Credits


 


NZHITO credits achieved in 2012:

Demonstrate knowledge of soils and fertilizers                                  Level 2 @ 5 Credits                                                                           Training day

Demonstrate knowledge of safety near electrical supply lines              Level 3 @ 5 Credits                                                                        Training day

Use advanced felling techniques                                                    Level 4 @ 10 Credits                                                               20.03.12 Pauatahanui Golf Course, large pines                             01.06.12 Wainuiomata Golf Course, large pines                                       + work place practices

Climb and branch walk difficult trees                                                    Level 4 @ 10 Credits                                                                     Park assessment + work place practice

Undertake tree work near electrical supply lines                                Level 5 @ 7 Credits                                                                  Training day + practical assessment day

Prune mature amenity trees                                                               Level 4 @ 10 Credits                                                                        work place assessment + practices

Diagnose amenity tree health problems                                            Level 4 @ 8 Credits                                                                      Training day + assignment 

Undertake sectional felling in arboriculture tree work                               Level 4 @ 10 Credits                                                                      work place assessments + practices

Demonstrate knowledge of the application of law to arboriculture             in New Zealand                                                                               Level 4 @ 5 Credits                                                                         Training day

Identify trees used in arboriculture                                                       Level 3 @ 10 Credits                                                                         Training day + plant collection






NZHITO credits achieved in 2013                                                           

Use amenity tree evaluation methods and describe timber markets            Level 4 @ 6 Credits                                                                        Training day

Carry out an arboricultural tree inspection                                           Level 4 @ 5 Credits                                                                           Training day

Demonstrate knowledge of tree support systems in arboriculture          Level 4 @ 5 Credits

Staff training day at Silvertream Retreat, 3 Renolyd Bach Dr, Silver Stream Use advanced rigging in arboricultural tree work                                  Level 4 @ 10 Credits. Not an assessment day. Seminar.

Transplant amenity trees and shrubs manually                                     Level 3 @ 4 Credits                                                                           On job training

Assess a site for amenity trees and select trees                                   Level 3 @ 8 Credits                                                                         Training day

Plan and manage complex tree work                                                 Level 5 @ 5 Credits                                                                         On job assessment 

Use advanced rigging in arboriculture tree work                                   Level 4 @ 10 Credits                                                                       On job assessment





Congratulations Jade for successfully completing the Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture Level 4 by the end of 2013.                             We wish Jade all the best for his future endeavours and hope that he continues to develop his skills and knowledge to become a well recognized and respected arborist within the industry.