Forestry

Crown Forestry offering farmers deal to plant pines

[12 February/ Radio NZ Country] With the government having set a goal of planting 1 billion trees in the next 10 years Crown Forestry is now seeking 500,000 hectares of unproductive farmland that is suitable for commercial pinus radiata planting.  Landowners with parcels of land of more than 200 hectares are being offered a lease...

Up to 100 jobs to go as Gisborne Mill struggles against international competitors

[23 January/NZ Herald] Junken New Zealand has announced that it is proposing to halve its workforce at its Matawhero Mill as demand for plywood and structural building products has declined from Japan.  The General Manager, David Hilliard, said that there is no expectation that the decline in demand will reverse as the population ages in...

NZ softwood log exports hit new record, raising ire of processors

[12 January/National Business Review] Data from Statistics New Zealand shows that New Zealand log exports hit a new record last year, with softwood log exports amounting to $2.41 billion in the 11 months to November 2017, higher than previously recorded for any full calendar year.  The figures are a concern to local manufacturers how have...

Australian forestry company gears up for NZ expansion with multi-million fund

[11 December/ Stuff] New Forests, an Australian forestry company, has set aside $500 million for investing in New Zealand forestry. New Forests Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Mark Rogers said the money had been recently raised from mainly European investors. The Forest Owners Association said the Government would be keen to use some of...

Kauri headed for extinction, scientist warns

[1 December/ Radio New Zealand] International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) New Zealand Board Chair, Peter de Lange said kauri trees were heading for extinction because of public apathy and stupidity. Mr Lange explained that the panel had resisted putting kauri on the threatened list, but data showing kauri dieback had doubled in the...

Robots could soon take over dangerous forestry jobs

[5 December/ Radio New Zealand] Some of the most dangerous and labour intensive jobs in the primary sector could soon be done by robots. Researchers from Lincoln Agritech, Scion, and several universities around the country have been working to develop robots that could be trained to work alongside people in the sector. The $2 million...

High log prices encourage harvesting

[22 November/ Stuff] Foresters have been taking advantage of strong log prices as Chinese demand for New Zealand logs increased. Canterbury Forestry Consultant, Allan Laurie said the price for A-grade logs was currently USD 140 per cubic metre, while a reduction in shipping costs and the exchanged rate had also helped boost profits. Mr Laurie...

Air New Zealand to take lead in tree planting programme to offset carbon

[26 November/ NZ Herald] Air New Zealand has been scoping the private afforestation fund with the Government, however planting could begin in 2018. Air New Zealand would work with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Primary Industries to investigate establishing a private afforestation scheme, providing funding to landowners to plant trees in...

Fightback against wildings picks up pace

[21 November/Stuff] Farmers, local communities and agencies of the Central Otago region have teamed up to tackle the expansion of the prolific weed wilding conifers. The national programme is led by the Ministry for Primary Industries and has support from a variety of agencies including Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, the New...

Portable sawmill gives teeth to low-impact, sustainable logging

[9 November/New Zealand Herald] Hamish Randle works for Richard Thompson, a Whanganui forest owner and timber merchant. Mr Randle moved to Whanganui from Rotorua two years ago. Mr Thompson and his wife Laurel Stowell began planting on their 16 hectares of hillside in 1991. They focused on high-value alternative species of Tasmanian blackwood and macrocarpa...

Forestry group backs Government scheme

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] The Forest Owners Association has embraced the new Government’s proposal to plant 1 billion trees over the next decade. Forest Owners Association president Peter Clark believes forestry was not getting proper attention when under the umbrella of the ministry of primary industries and is happy for the division into forestry, agriculture,...

Farm foresters get together during a field day on chemical-free durable timbers

[16 October/ Stuff] Farm foresters be able to closely look at naturally durable timbers that provide a chemical-free alternative to treated wood during a field day near Bulls on October 28. Bulls Farm Forester Denis Hocking said disposing chromated copper arsenate treated wood or tantalised treated timbers was an issue as burning left toxic ash,...

Forestry first test in protectionist agenda

[11 October/ New Zealand Herald] Leader of the New Zealand First party Winston Peters’ protectionist agenda has caused some New Zealand forest owners to suspend replanting trees and re-thinking investments. Mr Peters said he would prioritise a restructure of the forest industry in coalition talks with the National and Labour parties after last month’s inconclusive...

Foreign investment crucial for forestry industry

[4 October/ Radio New Zealand] The Forest Owners Association said foreign investment in forestry is essential and New Zealand could never afford to buy back all the forests it has sold. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said the future of forestry and timber supplies for local mills is a New Zealand priority as it...

Jacinda Ardern unveils forestry hub plans in Rotorua visit

 [7 September/ Stuff] Labour leader Jacinda Ardern announced plans to establish a new Forestry Service in the city if Labour forms the next government. Ms Ardern said a standalone forestry service would provide stability for investment in processing and manufacturing wood onshore, rather than exporting raw logs. Ms Ardern said Labour wants to establish a...

Forestry will be critical for farming systems of the future

[5 September/ Stuff] New limits on nutrients and carbon emissions would require a revision of the future of livestock farming, and planting forestry may help farmers lower their nutrient limits if nitrogen caps are imposed in the future. Former Scion Chief Executive Warren Parker said this means new technology, and intrinsically, more resource-wise, more efficient...

Five forestry deaths this year spurs new safety call

[28 August/Radio New Zealand National] The forestry industry is experiencing its most deadly year since 2013, with five deaths being reported so far this year and this has promoted calls from the Council of Trade Unions President, Richard Wagstaff, for the government to investigate why safety standards are still not being met. Mr Wagstaff said...

NZ First looks at Forestry

[22 August/Northland Age] New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, has said that the party will introduce a ‘Canadian style’ law to protect New Zealand’s wood processing sector. He said that the forestry sector is our number three exporter but wood is being vacuumed up by foreign controlled companies with devastating results on the domestic processing...

New forestry standard positive step – Pan Pac boss

[11 August/The Country] A new national forestry standard intended to better protect the environment, announced earlier this week by Environment Minister, Dr Nick Smith, and Associate Primary Industries Minister, Louise Upston, has been welcomed by Pan Pac Managing Director, Doug Ducker. The standard will roll out rules for managing the environment in the interests of...

New national environmental standards will increase costs for farm foresters

[11 August/ Stuff] New national environmental standards are expected to increase costs for farm foresters. The standards, coming into effect on 1 May 2018, are for any tree plantation of more than a hectare planted for commercial purposes and harvest. The regulations cover eight forestry activities including re-afforestation, earthworks, harvesting, quarrying and the installing of...

ETS review could reduce forest planting while foresters wait for certainty

[28 July/ Stuff] Forest owners and wood processors think uncertainty in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) may reduce forest planting when it needs to increase. Wood Council Chairman Brian Stanley said the important role of the plantation forest industry in locking up atmospheric carbon needs more certainty. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright has...

Marlborough Forest Industry Association launches new fund to attract young workers

[18 May/ Stuff] The Marlborough Forest Industry Association’s Vocational Training Assistance Fund aims to attract more young people and advance their career prospects in the industry. The forest industry is considered one of the main contributors to Marlborough’s GDP, employing up to 900 people, however, it is struggling to attract young workers. The association hopes...

Farm foresters to meet in national conference in Manawatu

 [3 April/ Stuff] The annual national conference of Farm Foresters, hosted by the Middle Districts Farm Forestry Association in Manawatu will attract the country’s top practitioners to learn about the challenge of diverse land forms. Opening the conference is Horizons Chairman and Accelerate25 Lead Team Member Bruce Gordon, who said the conference would help unlock...

Tenon shareholders back sale of Taupo mill, winding up

 [20 March/ New Zealand Herald] Tenon shareholders have backed plans to sell the firm’s Taupo Clearwood wood processing mill to a consortium of US and New Zealand investors and conclude business. The $55 million sale, trumping seven other offers, would see two capital returns expected to produce $2.12 per share for investors, followed by an...