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Kauri in the High Court

The Northland Environmental Protection Society has argued in the New Zealand High Court and the Court of Appeal that it is unlawful to send swamp kauri overseas in the form of table tops and slabs. Source: Radio New Zealand Those courts have rejected the society’s arguments, say
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NZ forest industry progresses with Overseas Investment Act amendments

Forest Owners say the government’s announcement that the Overseas Investment Act would be amended to cut out red tape is a very positive signal to potential investors. Source: Timberbiz FOA President Peter Weir says though he still can’t see the point of including cutting rights, inst
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Safety conference highlights culture and technology changes

A major national conference series on forest safety practices is set to showcase how forestry leaders have brought about practical benefits to logging and forestry workplaces through changes in culture and technology. Source: Timberbiz Registrations are now open for the 4th FIEA Fores
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No high-tech tools to help NZ forest farmers

Recent comments by officials and “experts” in New Zealand on planting one billion trees, the plight of hill country forestry and woody debris flows, have not touched on the total lack of decision support tools so that farmers and other local forest investors can make the right decisio
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Robots

The use of robots or autonomous machines will definitely pay a big role in forest operations in the future, driven by the need for safety and higher productivity, according to a New Zealand researcher. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Professor Rien Visser, from the School of Fore
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Forest Enterprises discusses forestry priorities with Government

New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Forestry, the Honourable Meka Whaitiri met with Forest Enterprises at their Masterton office during her visit to the Wairarapa on 7 June to discuss forestry priorities. Source: Timberbiz The Minister’s Office approached the New Zealand- owned forest
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New Zealand forestry scholarship launched

A new forestry scholarship was launched at National Fieldays by New Zealand Forestry Ministers Shane Jones and Meka Whaitiri. Source: Timberbiz The new scholarship aims to grow the capability of the forestry sector and increase the number of women and Māori in the industry. “The new s
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12 improvements to forestry regs for NZETS

New Zealand Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have released a consultation paper proposing 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). Source: Timberbiz “Expanding the forestry industry’s capacity is e
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PF Olsen appoints new CEO

Forestry services firm PF Olsen Ltd has announced a replacement CEO for Peter Clark when he steps down at the end of September this year.  Source: Timberbiz Te Kapunga Dewes will join the Rotorua headquartered company as CEO. Mr Dewes has a strong background in forestry and wood proce
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NZ Government financially supports forestry

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and the Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust have signed a joint venture agreement to plant and manage around 3600 hectares of pine trees on the trust’s land. Source: Stuff NZ Up to 465 hectares of mānuka will also be planted, which would provide work ex
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