Posts tagged "Forest Owners Association"

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...

Land use concerns farmers

[5 September/Otago Daily Times] Foresters and farmers were wary of a report from the Productivity Commission on New Zealand meeting its climate change target. In particular, they are uncertain on the achievability of the annual forest planting rate of 100,000 hectares. Federated Farmers were concerned about the amount of land required for planting while the...

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...

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...

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...

Budget gets tick

[21 May/Farmers Weekly] The primary sector saw some gains in the Government’s first budget, with science, research and forestry being the biggest increases. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said the $85 million allocated to Mycoplasma bovis may not be enough. National’s Agriculture Spokesman, Nathan Guy, said the amount allocated to biosecurity was half of...

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,...

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...