Forestry

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...

Forestry workers take part in research

[30 October/The Country] A million dollar government grant that has been given to Dr Judy Bowen at the University of Waikato will enable more research to be conducted on wearable technology in the forestry industry.  The project is exploring whether combining information collected from wearable trackers with environmental information (such as temperature and location) will...

Shane Jones seeks more Chinese investment in forestry, timber processing

[19 September/Stuff] Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, wants more Chinese investment in New Zealand’s forestry and timber processing. He said the industry was reliant on access to foreign capital and needed to increase its forest reserves. The recent Productivity Commission report indicated up to 2.8 million hectares of land would need to be turned into forests...

Juken jobs to be cut as company moves to modernise operations

[11 September/NZ Herald] Jobs are at risk as Juken New Zealand looks to modernise its operations. The forestry and wood processing company employs around 250 full time staff across Northland. New Zealand General Manager, Dave Hillard, said the changes would involve some hard decisions but were necessary to ensure the future of the mill. The...

Forestry deal shows NZ ‘open’ for investment

[10 September/Radio NZ] After a successful deal with an Australian company, overseas forestry companies were expected to show more interest in New Zealand’s forestry sector. Australian company, OneFortyOne Plantation, completed the purchase of forests in Nelson after gaining approval from the Overseas Investment Office. They pledged to continue the sawmill business and preserve jobs for...

Growing exports of New Zealand Redwood for US market

[4 September/Radio NZ] The New Zealand forestry is growing Redwood timber for buyers in California who were not allowed to cut down their own trees. There are around 8,000 hectares of commercial Redwood across 14 locations in New Zealand. Many Redwood forests date 80 to 90 years old. The New Zealand Redwood Company won approval...

Shane Jones wants criminals, unemployed to plan trees

[30 August/Rural Life] Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, said people on the dole and criminals could provide some of the labour required to implement the Government’s One Billion Trees project. He added if you could get up and go to work, you should be made to do it. He noted the forestry sector needed...

Foresters fear carbon auction’s implications

[20 August/Farmers Weekly] Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir, was troubled by Government proposals to use an auction system as a means of allocating extra carbon units under a revised Emissions Trading Scheme. Under the auction, each bidder would be able to submit multiple bids to create a demand curve that ranks all bids from...

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...