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Two projects restore native trees, create jobs and environmental outcomes

Restoring native trees and biodiversity and improving waterways on Auckland’s Awhitu Peninsula will be accelerated thanks to two projects supported and funded by the One Billion Trees Fund, administered by Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz Henry Weston, Acting Dep
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Forestry NZ seeks feedback on amendments to ETS forestry regs

Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Forestry Regulations that it hopes will encourage new planting of both indigenous and exotic forest. Source: Timberbiz These latest proposals follow a
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Brent Guild new Executive GM for OFO

Brent Guild has been appointed Executive General Manager, New Zealand, by OneFortyOne. He replaces Lees Seymour, who resigned from the role in late 2020. Source: Timberbiz “We are very pleased to confirm Brent’s appointment,” OneFortyOne Chief Executive Officer, Andy Giles Knopp said.
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NZ E tū union calls on government for support after Whakatāne Mill closure

New Zealand union organisation E tū is calling on the Government to lend greater support to Aotearoa New Zealand’s local wood processing industry in the wake of the proposal to close Whakatāne Mill. Source: Timberbiz Last Tuesday, the mill’s management presented workers with a proposa
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Whakatāne Board Mill set to close

Last night’s announcement that New Zealand’s Whakatāne Board Mill’s Swiss owner, SIG, is proposing to close the facility will be a significant blow to the local economy. Employing more than 200 highly skilled staff it is a major processor of NZ wood fibre, the mill is the backbone of
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Pan Pac orders new feed system for Hawke’s Bay site

Austrian-based SPRINGER Group has landed a major new order with New Zealand’s leading specialist in sustainable radiata pine products Pan Pac. Together with local partners including Lakeland Steel Limited and Design Manufacture & Installation in Rotorua, SPRINGER will be the main
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Swamp kauri shows major climate shift 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland New Zealand shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions. Source: Timberbiz This dramatic turning point
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NZ farm foresters want benefits of pine trees recognised

North Canterbury farm foresters would like to see the benefits of pine trees recognised in efforts to meet New Zealand’s climate change targets. Responding to the recent Climate Change Commission report, New Zealand Farm Forestry Association North Canterbury branch secretary Lau
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Simon Watt leading climate lawyer for NZ

Bell Gully partner Simon Watt has been reaffirmed as New Zealand’s leading climate change lawyer, following the release of the internationally respected Chambers Global directory. Source: Timberbiz Mr Watt is just one of 22 lawyers around the world recognised for their climate c
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New report calls for reset of forestry policy to support indigenous regeneration

In a new report, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) of New Zealand has called for a reset of government forestry policy to support indigenous forest regeneration on Banks Peninsula and dis-incentivise exotic forestry expansion. Sources: Scoop NZ, Timberbiz The report is the final
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