We take great pride in being a positive part of the communities we live, work, and play in.
Supporting local communities, being respectful of where we work, and giving back where we can is very important to our team at Summit.
Opening up our forests
Where possible, we try to allow access to our forests so members of the public can enjoy the beauty and benefits of spending time in a forest, such as recreational hunting, walking, horse riding, research, photography, biking, and general recreation. However, in some cases, a permit is required. You can find more information about forest access, permits and who to contact with questions about accessing a forest HERE.
Getting behind local events
We were the proud headline sponsor of the 2022 Summit Forest Kaitaia Trail Run/Walk, which entailed financial support as well as opening the 18,000-hectare pine Te Hiku Forest to the public, designing the course, preparing for the event and helping with organisation on the day.
A huge thanks to Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngai Takoto, the landowners of the forest, for generously allowing access to the public for this event, which was enjoyed by 300 happy attendees.
Supporting sports teams
The Ngati Porou East Coast rugby team based in Ruatoria might be small — it’s the smallest union in NZ — but it’s mighty! Summit is proud to support the team as rugby as ingrained in the Gizzy psyche as forestry is!
We were the match day sponsor for the 2020 NPEC vs Northland Development game and gave away 100 tickets to the game to locals.
We were also the uniform sponsor of the 2023 Kaitaia Under 18 Raiders rugby team (pictured below).
Being good neighbours
Where possible, we like to lend a hand to those in need. In recent times, that’s included:
- Allowing Kerikeri Mountain Bike Club access to Whitehills Forest to build trails and skills courses for club use and secondary school mountain bike competitions
- Granting permission for occasional weddings at Lake Gem
- Sponsorship for Houhora Coastguard, Houhora Big Game Fishing Club, Houhora Fishing Club Take a Kid Fishing Day, Ngai Takoto Sweetwater Festival, and Te Hautaewa 90-Mile Beach Challenge
- Sponsoring Kaitaia Soccer Club, Doubtless Bay Play Group, Waipapakauri Sports Complex, Te ura O Te Kao,
- Works at Kenana Marae including retaining of Urupa, tarsealing, maintenance of marae roof and solar panel system
- Works at Aputerewa Marae including water diversion, tarsealing, manuka planting, a new large chiller and a solar power system
- Sport Northland Fun Run series
- Donation towards the Air Training Cadets Unimog
- Supporting Northland Regional Council wild ginger biocontrol research
- Contributing towards Coastal Buffer Zone trials for Tana’s Trees Trust
- Sponsoring an upgrade of accommodation at YMCA Camp Raukawa
- Donating a YMCA scholarship fund for three years
- Funding a local Whanganui secondary student over three years to travel and study in Japan
- Sponsoring a Whanganui Chamber of Commerce Health and Safety Award
- And more!
Looking after our environment
Summit is actively involved in reserve maintenance and restoration projects in the areas we work in. For example, our ongoing work with Lake Gem (see more HERE), Kiwis in the Coromandel (see more HERE) and a four-year ecological restoration project in Te Ara To Waka Forest (see more HERE).
Standing behind forestry
Summit actively contributes to research projects and trials to improve the forestry industry. Some of those projects have included:
- Stop Wild Ginger research into potential biological control options by Landcare
- Research/Manaaki Whenua with Northland Regional Council and a collaboration of stakeholders.
- Coastal buffer zone pilot study exploring practical options to transition failing exotic buffers to resilient permanent indigenous coastal forest species based on an adaptive management approach in conjunction with Tana’s Tree Trust, Sustainable Farming Fund, Northland Regional Council and Natural Solutions.
- Forest Flow Research programme by SCION focused on developing methods to predict and optimise water use and supply in planted forests. Trying to fill the knowledge gaps and how to turn biophysical science into information that is useful to landowners, forestry and councils.
- Sponsored the 2021 Northland Forestry Awards Health and Safety Excellence category
- Sponsored the 2022 Young Leaders Course at the NZIF Annual Conference