Increasing lumber exports leads to new technology investment

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association

Signs are good right now for the countrys wood processing industry. A report from Wood Resources International last week said that although over 50% of the wood harvest in New Zealand is being exported as logs, lumber production had picked up by about … Read more »

NZ export log prices weaken as higher kiwi dollar bites

Article – BusinessDesk

July 24 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices generally declined over the past month as a gain in the New Zealand dollar made the country’s products less competitive. Read more »

Great Progress with PEFC Eco-Certification of NZ Forests

Press Release – NZ Forest Certification Association


Value of logs exported three times exported lumber

Press Release – Wood Resources International

– a news brief from Wood Resources International LLC The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Read more »

Industry leaders capturing timber’s commercial advantages

Press Release – Innovatek

Australian companies are moving ahead of their New Zealand counterparts in commercial building. Wood is one of the key factors in the advantages they have gained. There is now a strong trend for new commercial buildings being built in timber. Engineered … Read more »

ArborGen does not undertake any research into GE trees in NZ

Press Release – ArborGen

The GE Free NZ press release Alarm Bells Ring Over Threat of GE Trees published yesterday on Scoop (as below) makes a number of statements that are factually incorrect with regard to ArborGen and its business. Read more »

MPI Shuts the Gate Well After Two Biosecurity Horses Bolt

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New data released to New Zealand First casts doubt on MPI Biosecuritys Myrtle Rust windborne theory with concerns growing over how slow it was to institute movement controls or respond to the Oyster parasite in Stewart Islands Big Glory Bay. Read more »

New zone plan for Taupō catchment

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

A new high-level plan to guide Waikato Regional Councils work to promote a healthy catchment in the crucial Lake Taup zone has been approved by the integrated catchment management committee today. Read more »

Primary Sector Science Roadmap ‘not all about food’

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners’ Association

The just released Primary Sector Science Roadmap features a pine tree nursery on its front cover. Read more »

India Trade Alliance Bridges NZ India Agriculture Divide

Press Release – India Trade Alliance

India Trade Alliance was once again on the forefront of cementing Agriculture business and government relations between the state of Haryana, India and New Zealand. Read more »

Myrtle Rust: Plant Movement Must Stop

Press Release – The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. Read more »

NZ structural log prices hit highest level in two years

Article – BusinessDesk

June 20 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand structural log prices have hit their highest level in more than two decades as local mills compete with the export market to secure supply to meet demand from the domestic market. Read more »

NZISM Announces New Advisory Board Chair Mike Cosman

Press Release – New Zealand Institute of Safety Management

The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) is delighted to announce that Mike Cosman will become the new Chair of its Advisory Board with effect from 16 June 2017. Samantha Sharif, the current Advisory Board Chair, will step down as Chair, … Read more »

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Hosts ExportNZ Event

Press Release – Export NZ

This is a great opportunity to meet and hear the market access team from MPI, NZTE and MFAT. There will be plenty of time for Q & A for you to be able to ask market access questions and fill any knowledge gaps. Read more »

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 »

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