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NZ Nationals call for support after Nelson fires

New Zealand National MPs Nick Smith, MP for Nelson, and Maureen Pugh are calling for the Government to establish a business support fund similar to that used following other disasters to help small businesses and contractors affected by the recent New Zealand fires and ongoing extreme
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New Forests to acquire Hikurange Forest Farms

New Forests is to acquire Hikurangi Forest Farms (HFF), based in Gisborne, New Zealand and anticipates that the purchase from current owner, Samling Group, will be complete by mid-2019, subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office. The intention is to launch a rebranded busi
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NZ Prime Minister supports Tas Rapid Relief Team

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region. Source: Timberbiz Local NZ RRT volunteers h
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Responsible Wood to tour NZ in preparation for joint standard

Responsible Wood will travel to New Zealand as impetus builds towards an historic joint Australian and New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management. Meeting with New Zealand government officials, the New Zealand Green Building Council and a range of PEFC accredited Sustainab
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OFO gets okay to buy Manuka Island estate

OneFortyOne (OFO) has received confirmation that the Overseas Investment Office has approved Nelson Forests’ acquisition of Manuka Island estate in New Zealand. The completion date for the purchase will be mid-late February. Source: Timberbiz The Manuka Island estate, currently owned
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Bushfire battled in Nelson but forest saved

As firefighters battle a blaze in New Zealand’s Nelson-Tasman region which has seen about 170 homes evacuated and a state of emergency declared, another fire broke out on Rabbit Island, across from Nelson Airport. Source: Stuff NZ The Rabbit Island fire “came out of the blueR
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New COO for Tasman Pine Forests

Steve Chandler has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer for Tasman Pine Forests. He has a long history of working in New Zealand forestry starting with a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury. Source: Timberbiz Mr Chandler has been a fores
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Angling for a stop to pine plantations

A national trout and rivers advocacy group has raised concerns about the adverse impacts by pine forest monoculture on rivers, streams and ecosystems. The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) has issued a statement about the high country spread of pine seedlings known as wildin
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Pay a good rate for tree planters and they will come

Pay decent rates and the forestry workers will come, a silviculture contractor says, as the industry struggles to attract staff to meet the New Zealand Government’s one billion trees program. Bay of Plenty silviculture contractor Simon Geddes said rates for those planting trees
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Southern Wood Council Awards open for nominations

The New Zealand Southern Wood Council Awards program for 2019 has been announced. The program is run in conjunction with Competenz and the event will be hosted at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz Forest managers, forestry contractors, transport opera
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