Fine over needless forklift death

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Whangarei based Kiwi Timber Protection Limited has been fined $45,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $94,040 after one of its employees was killed when the forklift he was driving tipped over. Read more »

Log yard expansion to begin in January

Press Release – Eastland Group

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd announced today that construction work to expand Eastland Ports upper log yard by 1.3 hectares will begin in January 2015. Read more »

Rubicon reiterates IPO plans for ArborGen

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 5 (BusinessDesk) – Rubicon, the forestry biotech company spun out of Fletcher Challenge, reiterated plans for an initial public offer for ArborGen, the biotech forestry company it holds a third of, as it laments its languishing share price. Read more »

Forest Firefighting Expert – International Safety Conference

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is pleased to announce US Forest Service forest firefighting expert Ivan Pupulidy has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for its flagship forest safety conference series in March 2015. Read more »

Canadian super fund boosts CNI forest stake

Press Release – WoodWeek

CANADAS Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is now the majority shareholder of the assets of Kaingaroa Timberlands. The board is one of Canadas largest pension investment managers, with over CAD 93 billion of assets under management … Read more »

Commodity prices fall for ninth month in November, led by mi

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 2 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices declined for the ninth consecutive month in November, to the lowest level since February last year, as milk powder prices fell to five-year lows. Read more »

International Safety Specialists to focus on Forestry

Press Release – Forestry Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has just announced its flagship forest safety conference series will be extended to include Australia in March 2015. The event sold out in November 2013 so is being doubled in size. It will run at the … Read more »

NZ set to gain market share in Chinese softwood log market

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 1 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand, the largest supplier of softwood logs to China, is likely to continue to gain market share over the next five years, according to an industry report. Read more »

Lower dairy prices lead terms of trade fall

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the September 2014 quarter, due to export prices falling more than import prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

One year anniversary of trade deal marked

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Trade Minister Tim Groser have welcomed the one year anniversary today of the Economic Cooperation Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on … Read more »

Timber exports scheme cuts greenhouse gases

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has welcomed the implementation of a programme that allows timber products to be exported to Australia without chemical treatment. Read more »

Jetstar helps to improve the view on Bay of Plenty coastline

Press Release – Jetstar

Jetstar today launched a new environmental initiative to use carbon offsets from the Ngati Awa Heritage Estate in the Bay of Plenty for its domestic operations in New Zealand. Read more »

Driven to plant trees at Coalgate farm

Press Release – Enviroment Canterbury

North Canterbury farmers Roger and Francie Taylor are planting trees along a polluted stream running through their property at Coalgate, upstream of the Selwyn River and Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Read more »

MRP rejects carbon farmer’s carbon unit top-up claim

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 26 (BusinessDesk) – MightyRiverPower has claimed in the High Court it shouldnt have to pay for carbon units issued for years prior to the start of its contract with New Zealand Carbon Farming in 2013, which it entered as part of its effort to … Read more »

NZ export log prices rise in November, China demand weak

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices edged up in November although demand from China, the country’s largest market, is likely to remain subdued until the second quarter of next year. Read more »

PM meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today. This is President Xis third official visit to New Zealand, but his first as President, so its a very significant occasion. Im delighted … Read more »

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 »

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