Cherie Rangiahau


  • Team: Te Uru Rakau
  • Role: Senior Forest & Landuse Advisor (Ngāherehere me te Whakahaere Whenua)


My job. The Forest and Landuse Advice team covers the length of the country – supporting landowners from Northland to Southland through operational advice, implementation, and management of forestry and sustainable land management activities.

How I ended up working in forestry. Born and raised in Murupara on the border of Kaingaroa forest was the start of my adventure in forestry. A 4th generation forester, both my parents worked in forestry from planting to managing and operating a Harvesting crew, quality control plots, road lining and various roles within the sawmilling industry. I worked for the family Harvesting crew where I started on a tomahawk axe delimbing on the landing site at the age of 11, graduating to an axe then eventually a chainsaw. Initially I had planned on one day taking over the family business but as I educated myself it was clear that the science, technology and Ngahere (forest) itself was what I was truly passionate about.

What I love about our industry. Finding equally passionate people to connect with and assisting landowners with their whenua aspirations.

How I use UAVs in my work.  High-resolution imagery or automated aerial mapping.

Why I am keen to be involved in TFF. To link in across the different organisations and share resources.

What I would like to do through TFF. Same as above.

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