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Scion nursery upgrade to high tech facility

Forestry in New Zealand can trace its beginnings back to the tree nurseries of Whakarewarewa (near Rotorua) established in the late 1800s. In the years that followed, the nursery was home to the first experiments of New Zealand’s young forestry industry. That work went on to set the N
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Air NZ to build huge new wooden hangar for its planes

‘Hangar 4’ will be large enough to house a wide body aircraft such as the airline’s 777-300 or 787-9 Dreamliner, and two narrow body aircraft such as the A320 or A321neo, at the same time. The 10,000 square metre timber framed hangar will be located on the airline
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Call for NZ foresters to vote on levy order

The chair of the Forest Growers Levy Trust in New Zealand, Geoff Thompson, says a positive vote in the current levy referendum is vital to maintain the support of government funding for the industry. Forest owners are currently voting whether to renew the Commodity Levies Act Order wh
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Biggest beech mast in 40 years in NZ

Monitoring by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed the predicted mega mast or heavy seeding in New Zealand’s forests this autumn. Results from extensive seed sampling across the country in February and March point to the biggest beech mast for more than 40 ye
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Log Distribution Limited NZ opens to improve log exports

Four forestry companies operating in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand announced the formation of Log Distribution Limited, a joint venture company which commenced operations on 1 April 2019. Log Distribution Limited is a collaboration between FOMS Ltd, Forest Enterprises Growth Ltd
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World class tree climbing in Christchurch

Many of us are familiar with the thrill of tree climbing from our childhoods, but few have had the opportunity to see world-class competitive tree climbing up-close. This weekend visitors to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand will get that opportunity at the 2019 Asia-Pac
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NZ forest owners disagree with Commissioner for the Environment

Forest owners in New Zealand believe the just announced reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme will encourage farm foresters and hill country pastoral farmers to plant more trees. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has issued a report which downplays the
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NZ announces improvements to Emissions Trading Scheme and forestry

One day after Australia fired its salvo for emission trading and farmers, New Zealand made its announcement regarding changes to its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which will see 89 million more trees planted in the coming years and an extra 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide stored
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Skills training for forestry jobs in Northland

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced that the New Zealand Government will be providing skills training to Northland youth to help them get jobs in the forestry sector with the support of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund in the Eco Toa program. Eco Toa, meaning Ecolog
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Eight NZ inaugural forestry scholarships awarded

Eight outstanding students have been presented with inaugural forestry scholarships by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones at a special awards ceremony at the University of Canterbury. The Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships were developed to encourage youn
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