Northland Storm damage devastating for forest businesses

Press Release – Forest Industry Contractors Association

The devastating effects of storm damage in Northland continues to have a significant and lasting effect on forest contracting businesses, as infrastructure repairs have been delayed in the far North. Read more »

Update on the Independent Forestry Safety Review

Press Release – Independent Forestry Safety Review

The formal consultation process for the Independent Forestry Safety Review has now been completed. The Panel has received feedback on its consultation document. This included 111 written submissions from government agencies, forest industry stakeholders … Read more »

Southern Cross Forest Products

Press Release – KordaMentha

The receivers of Southern Cross Forest Products Ltd (in receivership) (SCFP) have confirmed the sale of the companys Milburn sawmill and Millstream drymill assets in Otago to Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd (Pan Pac). Read more »

New high-spec vehicle takes drug testing into the forest

Press Release – NZ Drug Detection Agency

Whangarei, 16 July 2014: Moves to help keep workplaces safe and drug free have been given a boost with a new state-of-the-art, 4WD mobile drug testing van in Northland. Read more »

Charges laid against forestry employer

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Subsequent to the granting of leave by the District Court, Helen Kelly President of the CTU has filed charges in the Taupo District Court against forestry employer M & A Cross Limited for alleged breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment … Read more »

New chairperson for STIMBR

Press Release – STIMBR

Rotorua forest industry consultant Don Hammond is the new chairperson of STIMBR Stakeholders In Methyl Bromide Reduction Incorporated. Read more »

Professional Foresters Award Their Achievers

Press Release – NZIF

Leaders in the forestry industry were recognised at the New Zealand Institute of Forestrys annual awards dinner held in Napier last night. Read more »

Goodhew: NZIF Annual Conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

You have asked me to talk about what this Government is doing to support the forestry sector to create value. I will then discuss some challenges, especially an urgent one concerning health and safety. Read more »

Pull Together for ‘Just One More’ Campaign

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Do you have room for one more staff member in your business? This is the question being asked by Work and Income to the local community on behalf of the affected Thames Timber staff and their families. Read more »

Safety And Quality First for Forestry

Press Release – Competenz

A review of qualifications for forestry workers led by industry training organisation Competenz has resulted in new qualifications being developed with an increased focus on health and safety, and environmental protection and quality. Read more »

NZ commodity prices fall 0.9% in June

Article – BusinessDesk

July 2 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices fell for a fourth straight month in June, led by apples, logs, whole and skim milk powder. Read more »

NZ log prices may have reached lows after supply eases

Article – BusinessDesk

June 27 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices to China, which have dropped by about a third to $87 a tonne in the past three months, may start to stabilise next month as supply eases, slowing an inventory build up on the ports of Asia’s … Read more »

Amazing claptrap over wind thrown trees

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers West Coast is staggered by the rhetoric on the Wind Thrown Trees Bill, passed under urgency last night, which allows for the recovery and use of native timber felled in Cyclone Ita. Read more »

Stop playing politics with West Coast windfall timber

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

John Key should stop playing politics with the issue of harvesting windfall timber on the West Coast and give time for a responsible consideration of legislation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

NZ is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs

Press Release – Wood Resources International

New Zealand is now the worlds largest supplier of softwood logs with exports increasing fourfold to almost two billion dollars in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Read more »

Windblown logging detrimental to forest ecosystems

Press Release – University of Auckland

Plans to allow removal of windblown trees in West Coast forests will have a detrimental impact on forest health and remove a potential food source for native species including kiwi, says terrestrial ecology senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Margaret … Read more »

Union forestry campaign showing dramatic drop in incidents

Press Release – First Union

A snapshot of Worksafe New Zealands Tree Felling Project contains both good and bad news, said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. On the one hand it shows a dramatic drop in the number of serious harm incident notifications between 1 January … Read more »

Wild Animals Wrongly Blamed for TB

Press Release – Sporting Hunters’ Outdoor Trust

Waikato TBFree is wrongly blaming wild animals in a forlorn attempt to justify topdressing countryside with 1080 poison says a national hunting advocacy. Read more »

Government to allow recovery of West Coast windfall timber

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Special legislation is to be passed by Parliament to enable the recovery of high value native timber blown over in Cyclone Ita on West Coast public conservation land, Dr Nick Smith announced today. Read more »

Foresters to Meet up in the Hawkes Bay

Press Release – NZ Institute of Forestry

Forestry professionals are gathering in sunny Hawkes Bay early July to attend the NZ Institute of Forestrys annual conference. Tackling Challenges and Delivering Value . Read more »

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