Council holds the line on spending – increase in rates

Press Release – Marlborough District Council

The Marlborough District Council has taken a tough line on its budgets for the year ahead, rejecting or deferring many of the requests for new spending and holding the increase in the overall rates-take to 2.48%. Read more »


Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

A combined team of New Zealand Defence Force and Republic of Fiji Navy personnel boarded 70 fishing vessels during fisheries patrols in western Fiji in the past week. Read more »

Collins’ Comments: 7 June 2017

Column – Judith Collins

I was pleased to introduce Minister for Small Business Jacqui Dean to a group of small business owners and representatives in Papakura last month. The meeting was held in the Sir Edmund Hillary librarys very pleasant meeting room and I thank … Read more »

NZ commodity prices rise 3% in May

Article – BusinessDesk

By Paul McBeth June 6 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand commodity prices rose 3.2 percent as a broad-based strength across the country’s locally produced raw materials was led by the continued surge in apple and kiwifruit prices. The ANZ Commodity Price … Read more »

Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Australia remained New Zealands top trading partner in the year ended March 2017, Stats NZ said today. Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2 billion each way, which means the trade ties with Australia were worth more than those with China. Read more »

$3.3m for climate change projects

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries Hon Louise Upston Associate Minister for Primary Industries 31 May 2017 Media Statement $3.3m for climate change projects Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston have … Read more »

Carter Holt Harvey brings shame to Kiwi name in Australia

Press Release – E Tu

New Zealands largest private sector union is calling on New Zealands richest man, billionaire Graeme Hart, to stop giving New Zealand a bad name in his treatment of Australian workers. Read more »

Budget ‘fail’ on local climate change solutions

Press Release – Forest Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) is concerned at what wasn’t in yesterdays Budget. The stagnant level of funding for growing local forests is not good enough for dealing with climate change challenges. We have a land base and … Read more »

Budget fails to plan for forest future

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

Forest Owners Association President Peter Clark says the Budget is money for urban New Zealanders immediate concerns, and he says it fails to provide and prepare for the scale of afforestation necessary for New Zealand to meet its Paris Agreement … Read more »

Budget could help NZ wood industry

Press Release – Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association

New Zealand is facing bigger trade barriers than ever before, particularly by manufacturers trying to add value to exports. The Government should pull out all the stops to grow the New Zealand manufacturing sector in a world where protectionism is increasing … Read more »

Higher dairy, wood, and wine exports lift trade surplus

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

More dairy, wood, and wine exports in April 2017 led to a goods trade surplus of $578 million, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Myrtle Rust Strikes a King Country Nursery

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Myrtle Rust Strikes a King Country Nursery New Zealand First says there is one word linking all of the Myrtle Rust discoveries in Northland, Taranaki and now King Country and it is nursery. The biosecurity ambulance at the bottom of the cliff … Read more »

Erosion control funding round opens

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston has welcomed the opening of the next round of funding for erosion control in the Gisborne region. Read more »

NZ log prices advance in ‘humming’ forestry sector

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices generally rose this month, as key fundamentals move in the country’s favour, AgriHQ said. Read more »

Sudden death – Kaikohe

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Police received a report at approximately 2.50pm today of a person trapped under a tree in Kaikohe. Read more »

Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

Press Release – Forestry Industry Engineers

Last Friday saw an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. The function was the 2017 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. Read more »

No need for delay in forest planting

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

Forest owners are saying the government needs to get extra forest planting under way and not wait until next year for a report to be presented on climate change. Read more »

Eastland Port invests in region’s economic growth

Press Release – Eastland Port

Forestry is a regional success story and as a result Eastland Port needs moderate expansion to keep up, says General Manager Andrew Gaddum. Read more »

Wilding pines control work nears million hectare mark

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say wilding pines control work has nearly reached its first year target of a million hectares. 20 per cent of New Zealand will be covered in unwanted wilding conifers … Read more »

Productivity Commission to look at low carbon economy

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Finance Minister Steven Joyce have asked the Productivity Commission to review how New Zealand can maximise the opportunities and minimise the costs and risks of transitioning to a lower carbon economy. Read more »

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