Forest owners welcome border levy

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

Forest owners are welcoming the planned introduction of the new clearance levy to help fund border biosecurity. Read more »

Dynamic businesses competing for Rural Women Awards

Press Release – Rural Women New Zealand

Eleven dynamic and innovative businesses are in the running for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015. Read more »

Wood processing a prime area of future potential

Speech – Rt Hon Winston Peters

Thank you the opportunity to address this regional meeting of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. Your Association represents a diverse group of enterprises in the wood sector that play an important role in the Northland economy … Read more »

Nigel Sharplin

Press Release – Infact

Nigel Sharplin is one of New Zealands fastest rising cutting edge new world hi-tech designers Read more »

Forest grower poll open

Press Release – Forest Growers Levy Trust

Voting is now open for the person who will represent owners of smaller forests on the Forest Growers Levy Trust board. The two candidates are Guy Farman, managing director of Farman Turkington Forestry and Steve Wilton, managing director of Forest … Read more »

Timber company fined after worker loses fingers and thumb

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

New Zealand Timber Limited has been fined $51,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $38,000 after an employee had the tip of a thumb and the fingers on his right hand amputated. The employee has had a number of surgeries on his hand to re-attach his … Read more »

AgResearch confirms 83 lay-offs, hires 27 for new roles

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 24 (BusinessDesk) – AgResearch has confirmed speculation it is axing jobs, announcing plans to lay off 83 scientists and technicians because of declining investment in some areas of research and development, while hiring 27 for new roles. Read more »

Carbon farmer appeals in MRP dispute case

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 24 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand Carbon Farming, the country’s largest supplier of post-1989 bulk carbon credits, is appealing a High Court decision which found in favour of Mighty River Power over a $34.7 million liability NZCF claims it’s owed. Read more »

Bay business leaders highlight key biosecurity risks

Press Release – Bay of Connections

Highlighting practical and identifiable risks for the regions freight logistics sector was the focus of briefings to the Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) this week. The group includes road and rail freight owners and operators, … Read more »

Major benefits expected from new technology

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A demonstration of new forest harvesting technology near Nelson today marks a major step forward in ensuring the safety of forest workers working on steep land, Ministers Nathan Guy and Jo Goodhew say. The demonstration featured New Zealands first ever … Read more »

Bennett denies scuttling of Lochinver sale was political

Article – BusinessDesk

Bennett denies scuttling of Lochinver sale was political; decision raises questions for future OIO rulings Read more »

Government scuttles Shanghai Pengxin $88M Lochinver purchase

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 17 (BusinessDesk) – The government has scuttled Shanghai Pengxin’s $88 million purchase of Lochinver Station, which it would have added to a portfolio including the Crafar farms, saying the transaction failed on the test of providing a substantial … Read more »

Net exports widen current account deficit

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

A rise in New Zealands overseas expenditure combined with a fall in earnings from exports drove an increase in our seasonally adjusted current account deficit, Statistics New Zealand said today. The current account balance widened to a deficit of $2.1 … Read more »

Paul Burr case

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand understands that comments made outside the court following the Paul Burr trial in the Palmerston North High Court suggested that WorkSafe had laid the manslaughter charge. Read more »

Funding round starts for new forest planting

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The first funding round of the Afforestation Grant Scheme will see 5819 hectares planted throughout New Zealand, says Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew. Read more »

Council forestry rules a mishmash

Press Release – WHAM Public Relations

A forest owners spokesman says council rules for forestry are a mishmash which vary from district to district without good cause. Often they are also more stringent for forests than for farms on the same country. Read more »

Auditor General shows swamp kauri assurances wrong

Press Release – Green Party

The Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy was wrong to ever assert that everything was fine and dandy with the mining and export of ancient swamp kauri, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Request for inquiry into swamp kauri regulation

Press Release – Controller and Auditor-General

In your email of 28 May 2015, you asked me to carry out a formal inquiry into how the Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) and New Zealand Customs regulate and oversee the ancient swamp kauri industry (swamp kauri). I consider that we have done enough work now to address your concerns and report back to you.

The matters that you raised Read more »

The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2015

Press Release – Wood Resourse Quarterly

Sawlog prices fell again in the 2Q/15 in most of the 19 regions worldwide that are part of the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI). The Index is at its lowest level since 2009, and is down 20% from its all-time high four years go.The only regions where … Read more »

Rubicon to ‘vigorously appeal’ ArborGen employee complaint

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 7 (BusinessDesk) – Rubicon, the NZX-listed forestry biotech company, will “vigorously appeal” any decision over a US-based employee complaint against its part-owned seedling company, ArborGen. Read more »

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