Forestry

Study shows pathogens in farm and forest soil

[06 August/The Country] Andi Makiola’s PhD research in tandem with the Bio-Protection Research Centre, based at Lincoln University, and Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) studied how land uses such as farming and plantation forestry affected the variety of plant pathogens in the soil and on plant leaves and roots. The research involved cutting-edge science such as...

Rural life under threat as forestry’s canopy grows

[05 August/Stuff NZ] Communities are feeling threatened by people buying up farmland for forestry purposes as once the land is converted it cannot go back into productive farmland. Many investors are planting trees for carbon farming as the current $25 cap on carbon credits will be lifted, as indicated by the government which could allow...

Retired Dannevirke farmer voices concerns over forestry

[03 August/The Country] Roger Ramsden, Dannevirke Farmer voiced his concerns to Dannevirke News surrounding the amount of good farmland that is being planted in pine trees. Mr Ramsden reported that farmers are not thinking in a correct mind-set as trees do not result in income for many years, and no one can be sure of...

Nelson Forests exploring new wood processing opportunities

[02 August/Scoop] Nelson Forests Ltd is exploring new ways to meet wood export market demand that will create jobs, increase domestic processing of logs in the Marlborough region, and add value to the Top of the South economy. A Project Manager has been hired to do a feasibility study on a number of products, with...

Timber prices take a tumble

[02 August/Rural News] New Zealand’s export price of timber fell by as much as 20 percent over June due to an oversupply in China, and prices aren’t expected to lift in the short term. The drop is likely to reduce revenue for both the forestry and logging and timber re-sawing and dressing industries in NZ....

Chinese log jam depresses export market

(17 July/Rural Life) With approximately 4 million cubic metres of logs sitting on wharves in China, has seen log prices fall by about 20% since early July. Commentators say that part of this is due to normal slow-off during warmer months but the new US-China tariff has seen buyer confidence plummet. With China being New...

Log price collapse could impact jobs in New Zealand

[9 July/The Country] As many as 1000 people could be left out of work by a collapse in the price of logs sent to China. It has also been reported that there may be more indirectly affected as logging trucks sit idle on the wharves at ports in China, not being sent to construction projects...

Forestry conversions likely to affect lamb prices

[25 June/The Country] An increasing number of conversions of sheep and beef land to forestry is expected to reduce lamb supply over the coming few years. This could underpin lamb prices for an extended period according to ASB Senior Rural Economist Nathan Perry. Lamb prices had risen 80c/kg since their low for the year in...

Taranaki farmers to add 500,000 plants along streams and rivers

[20 May/Stuff NZ] Taranaki farmers will add 500,000 native shrubs and trees to riparian planting schemes along stream and river banks. The new plantings are on top of 5.1 million natives already planted to protect 15,000km of stream banks on the ring plain and coastal terraces, Taranaki Regional Council reports. Farmers have been given clear...

Budget to inject further $58m into forestry sector

[16 May/The Country] Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced a further $58 million will be injected into the forestry sector with some allocated to the Government’s One Billion Trees programme. Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) is going to focus on growing the country’s forestry sector, building a strong labour market and lifetime careers, and...

One billion trees scheme under scrutiny

[24 April/ NZ Herald] The Ministry of Primary Industries plans to review the One Billion Trees programme to ensure it meets the needs of communities across New Zealand. MPI’s Anna Gordon reported the ministry was taking feedback and planned to review the scheme after it had completed 12 months. Farmers raised concerns during a recent...

NZ timber exporter Sequal signs big Saudi deal: 1500/year container potential

 [09 April/The Country] Sequal Lumber, a Kawerau saw mill has signed a deal with a Saudi Arabian customer that will more than double its current exports to the Middle Eastern country. The deal also could mean they would potentially ship around 1500 containers of processed wood products annually. David Turner, Executive Director reported that the...

Nearly 3000ha of Northland to be planted under One Billion Trees project

[09 April/The Country] Two Northland bodies will plant 2843 hectares of trees planted on the Pouto Peninsula in Kaipara as part of the Government’s One Billion Trees programme. Forestry Minister Shane Jones states that this will provide much-needed jobs and social benefits. The programme is starting to pay dividends in Northland, with 20 young men...

KiwiRail to boost log capacity out of Wairarapa

[01 April/The Country] KiwiRail plan to increase its log capacity by about a third out of Wairarapa. This increase in capacity is to deal with the increased harvest and also to reduce the number of trucks travelling into CentrePort in Wellington. The company runs two trains on weekdays and twice as many on the weekend....

Local Focus: NZ’s first all-female crew working in Kaingaroa Forest

[29 March/The Country] CNI has hired New Zealand’s first female crew to work at Timberlands Kaingaroa Forest, near Waiotapu. Joe Taute, Health and Safety Recruitment Officer for CNI stated that the industry is finding it hard to recruit males into the industry which has ended up with the company hiring an all-female crew to see...

Giant Ngāwhā swamp kauri log dated to 40,500 years old

[22 March/The Country] A swamp kauri log has been unearthed at Ngāwhā Marae near Kaikohe and is estimated to be around 40,500 years old. The log is 16 metres long and weighs 60 tonnes. It was delivered to the Marae last week by Top Energy who unearthed it preserved in clay 9 metres underground whilst...

Pigeon Valley fire: Fire contained and controlled by crews who have secured a 30m perimeter

[24 February/The Country] Pigeon Valley fire in the Tasman District has been contained by firefighters, who have created a 30 metre zone around the perimeter of the fire which once raged 2100 hectares. Emergency services are aiming to increase this zone to 50 meters and have lifted controlled access cordons in Teapot, Eves and Redwood...

Tasman fire costing forestry industry $2m a day

[13 February /Otago Daily Times] Up to 240 forestry contract workers are out of jobs due to a total fire and equipment ban in the Nelson area after the major wildfires earlier in the year. Two sawmills are closed due to insufficient log numbers, and Forestry Minister Shane Jones reported that the costs to the...

Warning for forestry exporters following ‘fantastic’ record year

[11 February/NZ Herald] The ASB Bank is issuing a warning to forestry exporters about to take notice of the global demand for logs beginning to trend downwards despite many experiencing record returns in 2018. An increased market share for New Zealand’s exporters, against declining market share for both Canada and the United States, has bolstered...

Here’s why no-one wants to plant trees for $400 a day

[21 January/Stuff] Recent reports that there is a shortage of people to plant the trees required by the Government’s one billion trees programmes reflect a view amongst many New Zealanders that it is not worth taking on casual roles according to worker advocates. Pay rates in the North Island are up to 60c a tree,...

Forestry owners to wear greater compliance costs

[5 January/Radio NZ] The introduction of new National Environment Standards for plantation forestry has altered how councils monitor forestry-based activities, and the impact they have on the environment. This means owners of forestry blocks with more than a hectare in size might soon be up for thousands of dollars in extra costs to harvest their...

Owners of East Coast forests charged over debris damage

[1 December/Radio NZ] The owners of six forests on the East Coast have been notified that they are to be prosecuted by Gisborne District Council under the Resource Management Act over damage to farms from flood-borne logging debris that occurred following two heavy rain storms in the region around Queens Birthday weekend in June. Farmers...

Government to fund farmers to encourage more tree planting

[30 November/Stuff] The Coalition Government has announced that farmers will be able to access government grants to plant trees on their properties as part of a new fund. Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have launched the One Billion Trees Fund, part of the government’s plan to plant at least one billion...

Shane Jones’ One Billion Trees bungle: Scrub, weeds mar the planting of 1 million seedlings

[13 November/NZ Herald] Official Information Act requests have highlighted that government officials ordered more than one million pine seedlings for planting on a block of land in the Far North, so choked with scrub and weed that the planting could not progress and over half the seedlings had to be destroyed.  The issues have occurred...