Limited benefits for wood products in Korean FTA

Press Release – Wood Council of NZ

At its meeting today the Wood Council of NZ (Woodco) said tariffs will continue to restrict trade in processed wood products despite the signing of a FTA with South Korea. Read more »

UPDATE: NZ, South Korea conclude free-trade agreement

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 15 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand and South Korea have concluded a free-trade agreement that’s expected to cut into export tariffs in the nation’s sixth-largest export market that currently run to about $230 million a year. Read more »

Business idea that turns pest pines into essential oils

Press Release – Contact Energy

Taking an environmental problem and turning it into a commercial success has seen Queenstown social enterprise team Wilding & Co awarded with the most innovative idea, the first of three $1,000 milestone awards from Contact Energy, co-principal … Read more »

Commodity prices fall for eighth month in October

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 4 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices fell for the eighth consecutive month in October, to the lowest level since March last year, as signs of recovery in dairy prices were offset by a drop in the price of pelts. Read more »

Forestry industry must act as one to end shameful trends

Press Release – Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum

The forestry industry must commit to implementing an action plan for reducing the industrys shamefully high injury rate which means forestry workers are 15 times more likely to die on the job, the Business Leaders Health and Safety … Read more »

WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. The Reviews analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive, … Read more »

CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is welcoming the today’s release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. “These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer.” CTU President, Helen Kelly said. Read more »

Minister welcomes Forestry Safety Review recommendations

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomed the recommendations of the Independent Forestry Safety Review and outlined the Governments initial response. Read more »

Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labours Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Read more »

Unions will pick up the Forest Safety challenge

Press Release – First Union

The report of the Independent Forest Safety Review Panel is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the forest industry, including unions, said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union. Read more »

Wood sector union welcomes Forest Safety report

Press Release – First Union

The wood sector union has welcomed the Final Report of the Independent Forestry Safety Review, released in Rotorua today. The review panel is absolutely right to say that there is no silver bullet and a comprehensive series of actions needs … Read more »

Reducing injuries and fatalities on our forest blocks

Press Release – Independent Forestry Safety Review

The Independent Forestry Safety Review has recommended a three-year action plan to drive improvements in the forestry sector. The action plan will leverage the commitments to a new safety culture and a better safety record made by the forestry sector during … Read more »

Forest industry endorses safety report

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association


Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealands first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy. Read more »

CarbonScape seeks $1.5M from crowd with ‘green coke’ offer

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 23 (BusinessDesk) – CarbonScape, which makes “green” coking charcoal, wants to raise as much as $1.5 million from equity crowd funding to commercialise its product for the steel manufacturing market. Read more »

PGG Wrightson looks to beat operating earnings in 2015

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 21 (BusinessDesk) – PGG Wrightson, the rural services firm controlled by China’s Agria Corp, expects to shrug off falling dairy prices and beat its strongest earnings result in several years in 2015 after a strong first quarter. Read more »

New Zealand export log prices lift in October on weaker kiwi

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 16 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices lifted for the third month, as a weaker kiwi boosted local currency returns. Read more »

Forum comment on injuries

Press Release – Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum

The Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum is encouraging chief executives and directors of agriculture, forestry and fishing companies to continuing working to reduce the high rate of injuries in their industries. Read more »

Agriculture, forestry workers at highest risk of injury

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Just under one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

NZ log export log prices lift on Chinese buying, lower kiwi

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices have lifted from a two-year low as Chinese importers resume buying and local returns are bolstered by a decline in the New Zealand dollar and cheaper shipping costs. Read more »

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