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 »

Jo Goodhew: Address to ForestWood 2014 Conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

E aku rangatira, tn koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. I would like to acknowledge the pan-industry conference organisers; the Forest Owners Association, the Wood Processors Association, Pine Manufacturers Association and … Read more »

Minister congratulates Timber Design winners

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has tonight paid tribute to the best of the best in Kiwi timber engineering and building design. Innovative designs in wood are giving us a whole new kind of building. The best of what is being … Read more »

Labour wants to go back to the 70s with NZ Economy

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Labour Party’s desire to turn the clock back to the 1970s is once again highlighted with their grab-bag of ideas for the forestry industry, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. Read more »

Bill McCallum: Forestwood 2014 Opening Address

Press Release – Wood Council of NZ

For those of you not familiar with the Wood Council of New Zealand, the association, which was incorporated in 2006, is a pan-industry body which represents the common interests of the forest growing and wood processing sectors. The following associations … Read more »

Cunliffe: Forestry And Wood Products Economic Upgrade

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party

Thank you for having me here at ForestWood 2014. I want to acknowledge Dr James Buwalda, my parliamentary colleagues, and the organisations that have come together to make this event possible: Read more »

Economic upgrade for forestry and wood products

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The next Labour Government will give the forestry and wood products industries the policies they need as part of Labours plan for an economic upgrade, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

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