One billion tree programme under way

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Shane Jones Minister for Forestry 23 February 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Collaborative efforts towards the ambitious one billion trees target are well under way with the first areas of land needed for Crown Forestry planting this winter committed, Forestry … Read more »

NZ’s largest pine-to-native forest regeneration project

Press Release – Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust

The last pine trees have been felled in a major Hawkes Bay conservation project that aims to convert a 4,000-hectare pine plantation back to regenerating native forest. Read more »

Forestry a success story for KiwiRail

Press Release – KiwiRail

KiwiRail is reaping the benefits of an innovative growth strategy for its forestry business designed to make the best use of its wagon fleet. Read more »

Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

Press Release – Southern Wood Council

Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the felling site has been a major push for forestry managers, forest owners, logging contractors and equipment suppliers to modify their wood harvesting operations over the last few years. Another … Read more »

Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment review report released

Press Release – Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has today released a report commissioned by the five agencies with statutory responsibility for land and water management in the iconic Mackenzie Basin. Read more »

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 »

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