Developing future Māori leaders in land-based industries

Press Release – Ngai Tahu

Whenua Ora, an innovative new national engagement programme for young Mori was launched in Christchurch earlier this week. The programme aims to inspire young Mori to become agribusiness leaders by marketing and promoting land-based career options … Read more »

Formica may be non-core, saleable asset for Fletcher

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 15 (BusinessDesk) – Fletcher Building paid US$700 million to buy Formica Corp from private equity owners Cerberus Capital Management and Oaktree Capital Management in 2007. It may be a good time to sell a business that sits outside its core operations, … Read more »

Time to get real about forestry

Press Release – ForestX

Last year I commented on the high returns from current harvesting, however I dont believe this is being translated into significant interest in new planting, certainly not at the rate of the governments aspirational target of 50,000ha per year. The … Read more »

Disappointment as JNL confirms job losses

Press Release – E Tu

E t is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) intends axing the jobs of about 90 workers at its East Coast mill in Gisborne. Read more »

Juken Confirms Changes To East Coast Mill Production

Press Release – Juken

Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand has today confirmed it is going ahead with changes to the products made at its East Coast Mill in Gisborne to return the plant to profitability and secure its long-term future. Read more »

New operator, new jobs, new era for Prime Sawmill

Press Release – Eastland Community Trust

Activate Tairawhiti and Eastland Community Trust have jointly announced the sale of Prime Sawmill to New Zealand-owned Far East Sawmills, guaranteeing the creation of between 50 and 60 jobs at the Prime Wood Processing Centre of Excellence by April … Read more »

Te Hono says move to value from volume now accepted

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 5 (BusinessDesk) – The Te Hono movement, which aims to increase the value of New Zealand’s primary sector production, says its mission is now well accepted and its biggest future challenge is getting the right people to help shape the country’s … Read more »

New leadership at Forest Enterprises

Press Release – Forest Enterprises

Steve Wilton, of Masterton company Forest Enterprises, has initiated the latest stage of the companys succession plan by handing the leadership to fellow Directors. Wilton is taking on the new role of Special Projects Director, retiring from his … Read more »

Environment and agriculture can both benefit from CPTTP

Opinion – Lincoln University

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership ( CPTTP ) trade agreement has the potential to transform the agricultural sector and at the same time benefit the environment, agribusiness expert Dr Nic Lees of Lincoln University … Read more »

Farm machinery sales back to 2014 levels

Press Release – Tractor and Machinery Association

Mr Gall said the association recognised that some farmers in both islands were currently experiencing hardship with the very hot and dry conditions. The challenging drought conditions may affect sales in the coming months but it was hoped changing weather … Read more »

Trees, trains and trade unions drive nostalgic govt: English

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – The Labour-led government’s policy agenda is driven by “a nostalgic belief in trees, trains and trade unions,” said Opposition leader Bill English in a State of the Nation address in Wellington overshadowed by media … Read more »

NZ export log prices hit new record on strong Chinese demand

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices advanced to a new record, driven by continued strong demand from China, lower shipping rates and a favourable currency. Read more »

Union supports new rangatahi employment initiative

Press Release – First Union

FIRST Union supports the new rangatahi employment initiative announced by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson earlier today. For too long our rangatahi in the regions have been neglected, said FIRST Union kaumatua, Syd Keepa. Contrary … Read more »

NZ wood processors lobby govt for help

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 25 (BusinessDesk) – The Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of New Zealand continues to lobby the government for more a more favourable trading environment as processors such as Juken New Zealand eye drastic measures in the face of subsidised … Read more »

European sawmills gain market share in East Asia

Press Release – Woodstat

During the last few years softwood lumber import in Southeast Asia has increased dramatically with China as the top performer. However, it is also many other countries in the region that have seen a rapid increase in imports, like South Korea, India … Read more »

The Rural Market – Inconsistent and Volatile

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 105 fewer farm sales (-21.0%) for the three months ended December 2017 than for the three months ended December 2016. Overall, there were 394 farm sales in the … Read more »

Healthy rivers – water quality: where to from here

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

The Government is pushing ahead with plans to make freshwater standards stricter in a bid to improve water quality, the Minister for the Environment, The Hon David Parker, says. Read more »

Juken NZ looks to halve Gisborne mill staff

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Juken New Zealand, a unit of Japan’s WoodOne Ltd, is consulting workers at its Gisborne wood-processing millon a plan that may see it halve the mill’s workforce as it struggles to return to profitability in a highly competitive … Read more »

Proposed Refocus at Gisborne and Wairarapa Mills

Press Release – Juken Nissho Ltd

Juken New Zealand Limited Proposing to Refocus Production at Gisborne and Wairarapa Wood-processing Mills to Boost Competitiveness and Secure Long-Term Future Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand has today begun consulting employees … Read more »

Use the gear you’ve got

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Safety gear is no good when it is sitting in your vehicle and it needs to be used properly. That is the lesson following the sentencing of Stumpmaster Limited today in the North Shore District Court. Stumpmaster was cutting down a palm tree … Read more »

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