Forestry

One billion trees achievable but challenging, says Forest Owners Association

[14 August/NZ Herald] The Forest Owners Association has welcomed the announcement by Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, that $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated to get more trees in the ground under the One Billion Trees Programme.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, urged caution noting that while one billion trees is possible...

Govt could step in to help Kaitaia’s biggest employer

[3 August/Radio NZ] Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, suggested government funds could be used to safeguard Kaitaia’s biggest employer. The plant was run by Juken New Zealand which was a subsidiary of Juken Nissho. It employs 300 people and makes a timber product, Triboard. The company has said it is running short of raw...

Foreign forestry deal promises to support ‘billion trees’ plan

[5 August/Stuff] According to the Overseas Investment Office, a forest sale to overseas investment company New Forests was likely to advance the Government’s plan to plant one billion trees over 10 years. New Forests intended to prune more of the trees, increasing the likelihood the wood would be supplied to domestic processors. New Forests Associate...

Forestry industry told to grow, instead of cut trees for profit

[23 July/Radio NZ] The forestry industry has been told to rely on growing trees to capture carbon dioxide instead of cutting them for timber to earn money from forests on steep hillsides. The industry said this would be uneconomic as profits would drop. The Ministry for Primary Industries made the recommendation following controversy over the...

Tolaga Bay flooding damage may take two years to fix

[15 July/Radio NZ] According to the Gisborne District Council, the damage done by recent flooding in Tologa Bay could take more than two years to fix. Around one million tonnes of forestry slash was washed from hillsides onto roads, farms and other properties in the Tolaga Bay area during two periods of heavy rain last...

National forest policy needed, sector body says

[17 July/Otago Daily Times] The New Zealand Institute of Forestry proposes that the government introduce a national policy for the industry to help the Government develop sound long-term strategies for forestry development. President of the Institute, David Evison, said that unlike many countries, New Zealand had no national forest policy. He added government decisions on...

Forestry companies to attend meeting on debris damage

[18 June/Radio NZ] Three forestry companies appeared to have a change of heart over their attendance at a community meeting following the Tolaga Bay floods. Eastland Wood Council Chief Executive, Kim Hollands, said Ernsalw One, PF Olsen, and Hikurangi Forest Farms were not going to attend the meeting. However, New Zealand Forest Owners Association Spokesperson,...

Council to get to root of logging debris problem after floods

 [6 June/Radio NZ] Tolaga Bay logging companies could be subject to investigation after a deluge of logging debris was left strewn over properties, roads and rivers from flash flooding. Farmer Dean Breshnell said locals spent five years petitioning authorities over the mismanagement of forestry slash. Residents were lucky to escape unharmed as a torrent of...

Labour shortage could create ‘significant issue’ for Govt’s 1 billion tree target

[27 May/Stuff] A shortage of labour and land could result in growing pains for the Government’s 1 billion trees programme. The Government planned to plant 1 billion trees by 2027 to grow regions, create jobs, offset carbon emissions, enhance biodiversity and reinvigorate New Zealand’s forestry industry. Forestry currently covered 1.7 million hectares of land. Ministry...

Slowdown ahead for forestry

[21 May/Otago Daily Times] New Zealand’s forestry sectors has had a strong few years with China purchasing as many logs as they could. Times however are expected to change according to Westpac Industry Economist, Paul Clark. He cautioned forestry participants that times were changing as Chinese building activity was expected to ease in the year...

Resurrection of New Zealand Forestry Service in Rotorua celebrated

[11 May/The Country] Rotorua will get its share of more than 300 jobs expected to come from the resurrection of Te Uru Rakau. It will be a New Zealand Forestry Service based in Rotorua, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She said it was the place for agency and that was where it belonged. She...

Logging companies could over-ride toxic fumigant deadline

[7 May/Radio NZ] Log and timber exporters could be able to override a deadline for stricter controls around the use of the highly toxic fumigant, methyl bromide. Methyl bromide is a toxic substance and the Environmental Protection Authority ruled in 2010 that users would need new technology in place by 2020 to collect and store...

Northland farmers to help plant a billion trees

[3 May/The Country] Farmers are being conscripted to dig in to assist with Shane Jones’ plan for a billion trees to be planted over the next ten years. Forestry New Zealand Head, Julie Collins, said the Afforestation Grant Scheme and joint ventures were two mechanisms to assist the coalition Government’s billion-tree planting programme. Former Beef...

Step forward for Wairoa-Napier rail line, trains by year end

[1 May/NZ Herald] According to KiwiRail, trains should be running between Napier and Wairoa by the end of the year. Two months after work started on the multimillion dollar project to reopen the rail line track, work has now commenced on reinstating the physical line itself. KiwiRail Group General Manager Network Services, Henare Clarke, said...

Woodville a hub for forestry

[9 April/The Country] On 25 March, the Woodville Log Rail Exchange unloaded 1,500 tonnes of logs off trucks from Manawatu and reloaded them onto railway wagons for the port of Napier. The Forest Owners Marketing Services operation harvests and transports logs from rural properties to a port for export. Executive Director for FOMS, Marcus Musson,...

Forest rule puts the cart first

[2 April/Farmers Weekly] Neil Walker, a Taranaki farmer, hoped proposed changes would add clarity to the eligibility rules for forests joining the Emissions Trading Scheme. Confusion over criteria made it not only difficult to set aside land as ETS carbon sinks, but deprived owners of poor performing, inaccessible land of a valuable source of income....

Shane Jones gives Ngāti Whare $6m to grow millions of native trees

[15 March/Stuff] Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, announced that an iwi’s plant nursery will get $5.8 million of Government’s Billion dollar regional investment fund. The money will be used to expand the nursery by 2021. Ngāti Whare Chairman, Bronco Carson, said the nursery would hire 81 more employees and encouraged locals to take up...

OIO take over forestry registration

[7 March/Radio NZ] Forestry Registration rights will be controlled by the Overseas Investment Office. Cabinet agreed to streamline the application process used by the OIO as some forest owners had complained that tortuous proceedings made it hard for overseas forestry companies to invest in New Zealand. The new application path would apply to cutting-rights for...

Rotorua pegged for $20m cross-laminated timber factory

 [8 March/Stuff] A $20 million cross-laminated timber plant is to be built in Rotorua near the country’s biggest sawmill. The plant will be built by Red Stag Wood Solutions at their 95 hectare wood processing site. Their Chief Executive, Marty Verry, said Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is a product on a rapid growth curve globally....

Report: NZ could have a greener, bio-fuelled future

[26 February/NZ Herald] According to a new Government-funded investigation, New Zealand could cut its greenhouse gas emissions by kick-starting a major biofuels industry. The report produced by Crown research institute Scion, set out how New Zealand could turn feedstock crops into green fuels for heavy transport, ships and aircraft. They explored possible options of substituting...

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...