Army Westland support welcomed by Federated Farmers

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers appreciates the support of New Zealand Army engineers and personnel from 1 NZ Brigade, who are in Southern Westland to help the region recover from former Cyclone Itas devastation. Read more »

Govt fails Southern Cross Forest workers

Press Release – Green Party

The Governments failure to deal with problems in the wood processing industry has resulted in more needless job losses, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today. Read more »

Save Our Sawmills And Jobs by Setting Log Price

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The blame for the closure of yet another timber mill can be laid squarely at the feet of the National Government and its refusal to intervene in the New Zealand log market, says New Zealand First. Read more »

UPDATE:Southern Cross Forest lures foreign, local interest

Article – BusinessDesk

April 24 (BusinessDesk) – Financially stricken wood processor Southern Cross Forest Products has attracted both local and international interest from potential buyers, and its receiver hopes to progress the sale next month. Read more »

Restructuring of Southern Cross Forest Products

Press Release – KordaMentha

The receivers of Southern Cross Forest Products (SCFP) announced today a restructuring of the South Island businesses. Receiver, Brendon Gibson from KordaMentha, said: It is no secret that the company has long struggled to secure sufficient log supplies … Read more »

Southern Cross Forest receiver to close mill, exit Australia

Article – BusinessDesk

April 24 (BusinessDesk) – The receiver for Southern Cross Forest Products plans to shut one of the failed wood processors sawmills and wind up the unprofitable Australian business as it continues to find a buyer for the business. Read more »

Spreading the word on alternative tree species

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that a project which aims to provide information for growers on alternative tree species has been approved for a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grant. Read more »

Latest inventory shows National driving climate change

Press Release – Green Party

New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory submitted to the UN confirms Nationals policies are driving climate change, the Green Party said today. The annual inventory shows New Zealand’s gross emissions have risen 20 per cent under National and are … Read more »

NZ sawmillers to endure more pain as exporter margins shrink

Article – BusinessDesk

April 10 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand timber companies, who have closed more than 40 sawmills in the past decade, are likely to face more pain as plants tied to the export trade face lower-cost Chinese mills, rising competition and a high kiwi dollar … Read more »

New tool to characterise disease epidemics in trees

Press Release – University of Otago

A University of Otago researcher and overseas colleagues have developed an innovative approach to modelling outbreaks of citrus greening, a devastating bacterial disease that has caused more than US$4.5 billion in lost citrus production in Florida alone … Read more »

Palm Oil Campaign Gaining Support

Press Release – Unmask Palm Oil

The Auckland Zoo played host to a workshop run by Unmask Palm Oil, an Auckland-based consumer rights campaign, on Saturday morning. 45 people attended the workshop, which was held to inform the public about the adverse social and environmental effects … Read more »

National opens conservation land for oil and gas exploration

Press Release – Green Party

The National Government is opening up over 4,600 square kilometres of conservation land for petroleum exploration, the Green Party said today. The conservation land, which is part of Block Offer 2014, is on the West Coast region of the South Island … Read more »

Scion innovation centre funding signed off

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

Scion and Bay of Plenty Regional Council have signed an agreement to build an innovation centre at Scions Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park. The centres purpose is to foster innovation in forestry and wood processing industries. Read more »

HK-listed Greenheart buoyed by Chinese demand for NZ logs

Article – BusinessDesk

April 2 (BusinessDesk) – Hong Kong-listed Greenheart Group, which owns the 13,000 hectare Mangakahia forestry estate in Northland, narrowed its annual loss as the New Zealand unit propped up the forestry group with growing Chinese demand for logs. Read more »

NZ posts record February trade surplus of $818M on China

Article – BusinessDesk

March 27 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand posted its biggest ever trade surplus for the month of February as Chinese demand for local primary products continued to soar. Read more »

Carter Holt fined $1.85M for timber price fixing

Article – BusinessDesk

March 26 (BusinessDesk) Carter Holt Harvey, the wood company owned by Graeme Harts Rank Group, was fined $1.85 million by the High Court for price fixing in the Auckland commercial timber market. Read more »

Forest Investment and Market Outlook 2014: Only Weeks to Go!

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

With forest products exports continuing to enjoy a run of high commodity prices there is plenty of attention worldwide on the robust returns delivered from forest resources. So its timely that New Zealand and Australia are soon to host a major forest investment … Read more »

Govt fund rejects essential wood innovation plans

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals Primary Growth Partnership has rejected all applications for funding to develop engineered wood, an area critical to the growth of the wood products industry, and instead provided funding for the National Partys mates, Labour Innovation, … Read more »

New Zealand’s first Living Building Challenge

Press Release – Abodo Wood

Te Uru Taumatua, was officially opened last Saturday 8 March. Commissioned by the Thoe Iwi and designed by Jasmax, Te Uru Taumatua will act as the controversial tribes central headquarters. Read more »

If trees could cheer!

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners’ Association

Each minute of that day, New Zealand’s 1.8 million hectares of sustainable forest estate will grow enough timber to build two standard NZ homes and will contribute nearly $10,000 to the countrys export earnings. Read more »

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