Wood technology investment in forestry sector

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced $2 million funding for a wood-processing facility which uses automation and robotics to turn low-value pine trees into high-value wood products. Read more »

Least cost approach to road maintenance best for NZ Inc.

Press Release – Raupehu District Council

Whole of life – least cost approach to road maintenance best for NZ Inc. Ruapehu Land Transport Manager Warren Furner said that he wasnt surprised with national media taking an interest in increasing truck volumes putting pressure on the Districts … Read more »

Forest Owners urge farmers to plant more trees

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners’ Association

Forest Owners say the new Federated Farmers policy on climate change is a major step to help farmers understand trees are not an alternative to farming, but rather trees are tools to assist farmings survivability. Read more »

Paradigm shift in forest safety is no surprise to some

Press Release – Forest Industry Contractors Association

The leading professional group for loggers in New Zealand says big improvements in forest safety are no surprise theyve been focused on change for 3 years. Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) president Ross Davis says new technology … Read more »

NZ roundwood log prices jump to a record

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) – Strong domestic building activity combined with buoyant horticulture and viticulture industries has pushed up the price of roundwood logs to a record. Read more »

Labour promises $20M for Gisborne timber processing

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 17 (BusinessDesk) – The Labour Party is pledging up to $20 million, if elected, to support the region’s timber processing sector, possibly by helping fund a prefabricated housing plant. Read more »

Ekos Partnership with Maori More than Just Trade

Press Release – Ekos

Ekos is a rainforest carbon boutique working in partnership with Maori landowners to build a low carbon future through rainforest protection and carbon offsetting. This work, though, is more than just a business for Ekos and the Maori landowners … Read more »

NZ commodity prices down in January

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 3 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices dipped in January, with wool and dairy weakness counteracting broad-based gains. Read more »

New keynote speakers strengthen conference

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

Loggers and forest managers have been quick to capitalise on the latest Forest Industry Safety Summit set to run next month in Rotorua. Registrations have exceeded expectations and the gathering is set to be the second largest forest safety conference ever held … Read more »

Fall in quarterly exports despite rise in dairy

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

A nearly 10 percent rise in dairy product exports in the December 2016 quarter partly offset falls for other products, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Technology key to forest safety advances

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

Technology is vital in many new safety improvements in the forest industry and the upcoming Forest Safety Summit will be showcasing them and the people who established them, says Forest Industry Engineering Association event manager, … Read more »

Finalists Announced for Resene NZ Wood Timber Design Awards

Press Release – NZ Wood

NZ Wood has announced the eagerly-awaited Stage One Finalists for the Resene Timber Design Awards 2017. Read more »

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Press Release – Wood Resources International

Hardwood pulpwood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Chile increased during the fall, resulting in a 5.6% jump of the HFPI price index from the 1Q/16 to the 3Q/16, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly Read more »

Tenon in exclusive talks to sell remaining NZ operations

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Tenon, which sold its US operations for US$110 million, is in exclusive talks with a potential buyer of its remaining New Zealand assets, which would see the former Fletcher Challenge entity wound up. Read more »

NZ trade deficit narrows in November

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s monthly trade deficit narrowed in November as imports declined from earlier periods which were boosted by aircraft arrivals. Read more »

Charred Wood Symbolic in Tūhoe Living Building Project

Press Release – Abodo Wood

Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana is a Ngai Thoe and the Department of Conservation project, to build a Visitors Centre at Lake Waikaremoana using the principles of the Living Building and Community Challenge (a ground-breaking approach to sustainability). Read more »

Buoyant housing demand elevates structural log prices

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) – Buoyant residential building activity has pushed up the average price for top structural logs this year rise to the highest in more than two decades. Read more »

Electricity Authority’s Reaction an Insult to Northlanders

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The Electricity Authoritys claim it knew nothing about the decision to scuttle the pulp mill project at Ngawha is an insult to every Northlander who desperately wants the economy to grow. Read more »

New online course to help make New Zealand workplaces safer

Press Release – Open Polytechnic

A new health and safety course, offered online through a collaboration between WorksafeReps and Open Polytechnic, will help workplace health and safety representatives gain the skills they need to promote safer work practices. Read more »

Stable economic outlook across the primary sector

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the outlook across the primary sector is stable for the current year, as the dairy industry begins to rebound and growth continues for the horticulture and forestry sectors. This is offset by a forecast … Read more »

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