International experts bring change

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

After a horror year for fatalities in 2013, New Zealands forest industry performed superbly in 2014, both in terms of safety and wood production. Credit has to go to the people on the forest floor who had a chance to get their voice heard through … Read more »

NZ export log prices rise to 9-month high in January

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ export log prices rise to 9-month high in January as Chinese inventories fall Read more »

NZ Forests Gain International Visibility

Press Release – NZ Forest Certification Association

With the acceptance of the NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) as New Zealands PEFC Member, New Zealand forest growers gain visibility in the worlds leading forest certification system. We are delighted to be accepted into membership of … Read more »

RMA reform agenda outlined

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) is critical to addressing housing supply and affordability, and maintaining the momentum of economic and job growth as well as better managing New Zealands environment, Dr Nick Smith said today in his 20th … Read more »

Primary industry sector on verge of technological revolution

Press Release – MobileTech

While farmers and other rural industries have always been innovators and pioneers, many city dwellers still think of them as tough, hardworking people who do without modern technologies such as smart phones, tablets and big screen TVs. Read more »

Manage your hazards – no matter how big the job

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Logging company Mangorei Sawmill Limited (MSL) has been fined $20,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $10,000 after a digger lost traction and rolled down an embankment with an employee, Mark Chapman, still inside. Read more »

NZ export log prices rise in December amid cheaper shipping

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 29 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices advanced for a fifth month in December as a decline in shipping costs bolstered local returns and offset weak prices from China, the country’s largest market. Read more »

Flavell to push law review to drive Maori agribusiness

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) – Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell expects to table legislation in the second half of next year to make it easier for Maori land owners to make decisions on land use in an effort to drive agricultural business … Read more »

Growing visitor numbers spur the sale of alpine luxury lodge

Press Release – Bayleys

The forecast growth in international tourism numbers through Canterbury and the recovery of regions corporate sector are credited as being the key drivers for channeling guests to a high-end alpine lodge which has been placed on the market for sale. Read more »

NZ dairy herd rises to record 6.7M as sheep flock falls

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ dairy herd rises to record 6.7M as sheep flock falls to 29.6M Read more »

Forest safety brain trainer for Tree fallers

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

Forest safety brain trainer for Tree fallers – Switchbacks Steven Falk joins International Safety Conference Read more »

Fine over needless forklift death

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Whangarei based Kiwi Timber Protection Limited has been fined $45,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $94,040 after one of its employees was killed when the forklift he was driving tipped over. Read more »

Log yard expansion to begin in January

Press Release – Eastland Group

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd announced today that construction work to expand Eastland Ports upper log yard by 1.3 hectares will begin in January 2015. Read more »

Rubicon reiterates IPO plans for ArborGen

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 5 (BusinessDesk) – Rubicon, the forestry biotech company spun out of Fletcher Challenge, reiterated plans for an initial public offer for ArborGen, the biotech forestry company it holds a third of, as it laments its languishing share price. Read more »

Forest Firefighting Expert – International Safety Conference

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is pleased to announce US Forest Service forest firefighting expert Ivan Pupulidy has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for its flagship forest safety conference series in March 2015. Read more »

Canadian super fund boosts CNI forest stake

Press Release – WoodWeek

CANADAS Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is now the majority shareholder of the assets of Kaingaroa Timberlands. The board is one of Canadas largest pension investment managers, with over CAD 93 billion of assets under management … Read more »

Commodity prices fall for ninth month in November, led by mi

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 2 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices declined for the ninth consecutive month in November, to the lowest level since February last year, as milk powder prices fell to five-year lows. Read more »

International Safety Specialists to focus on Forestry

Press Release – Forestry Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has just announced its flagship forest safety conference series will be extended to include Australia in March 2015. The event sold out in November 2013 so is being doubled in size. It will run at the … Read more »

NZ set to gain market share in Chinese softwood log market

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 1 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand, the largest supplier of softwood logs to China, is likely to continue to gain market share over the next five years, according to an industry report. Read more »

Lower dairy prices lead terms of trade fall

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the September 2014 quarter, due to export prices falling more than import prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

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