Saving lives, building futures and delivering skills for foresters.

Saving lives, building futures and delivering skills for foresters.

“Likened to a bird sitting on one’s shoulder, in Maori mythology, the Manaia is a supernatural creature and guardian protector over one’s spirit.”

We are united, inspired, and guided by our kaupapa

Our kaupapa is to save lives, build futures, and deliver skills for foresters.

We save lives by ensuring the next generations of loggers coming through have access to quality training and mentoring before they set foot in a full-scale production environment.

We build futures by growing people, especially young Maori, through knowledge and skills acquisition, to improve their life chances.

We use things like giving up drugs, achieving a qualification, and gaining employment in the forestry industry as meaningful goals to support the personal growth journey.

We deliver skills for foresters by attracting, training, and releasing work-ready level 3 New Zealand Certificate graduates into the labour supply pipeline, and by working with employers to upskill their people.

Why Train With ManaiaSAFE?


Experienced Mentors

Our team of mentors have over 100 years of collective experience. All of this experience is available at your finger-tips. 


Fit For Purpose Training Site

The majority of training is delivered hands-on in a live harvesting operation owned and operated by the school


Innovative Learning

We put a lot of thought into the content and delivery of our programs and are constantly developing smart resources and techniques to ensure you have the best learning experience


Wellbeing Focused

Much of what we do is about developing each individual at a personal level. We provide support and guidance in many aspects of well-being, whether it is physical, mental, cultural or otherwise.


Financial Support

We look at each individual’s circumstances and find the best solution to financial support. Our NZ Certificate programs are eligible for STUDYLINK support, we provide scholarships for some students, there is even an option to be employed by us while you train. Criteria applies.


Health and Safety

Health and Safety is simply part of our business. We are committed to the implementation and practice of our Health and Safety Policy. 

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Our Programmes

Our portfolio of programmes is expanding. Current focus is on the National Certificate in Forestry Harvesting at Level 3 and Level 4. 

Quality Control

Graduates of the Quality Control strand will also be able to:
– Carry out quality control in a landing operation of measured logs to ensure log specifications are met, and re-grade logs to maximise value

Manual Processing

Graduates of the Manual Processing strand will also be able to: – Operate and maintain a chainsaw in a commercial forestry operation.
– Trim and cut logs as marked by the log maker in a commercial landing operation.

Breaking Out (L3)

Graduates of the Breaking Out – Cable strand will also be able to:
– Follow head breaker out instructions to hook on trees in a commercial harvesting operation to meet the breaking out plan.

Tree Felling (L3)

Graduates of the Tree Felling strand will also be able to:
– Operate and maintain a chainsaw in a commercial forest harvesting operation.
– Use conventional felling cuts to fell a range of tree sizes in varying conditions in a commercial forest harvesting operation.


Graduates of the Poleman strand will also be able to:
– Unhook stems in a cable harvesting landing operation.

Basic Machines

Graduates of the Basic Machine Operation strand will also be able to:
– Operate, maintain and carry out basic repairs on forestry machines in a commercial forest harvesting operation.

(0800) M-SAFETY (0800) 672 3389

92C De Lautour Rd, Gisborne, NZ