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Crowdfunding saves the forest

The Native Forest Restoration Trust, along with the public, has bought 112 hectares of bush in the Wekaweka Valley, which backs onto the Waipoua Forest – home to New Zealand’s largest tree, Tane Mahuta. Source: Radio New Zealand Trust general manager Sandy Crichton said th
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Sawmiller wins wood industry top award

Fourteen years after picking up a job as a mill hand while looking for firewood, Riverton man Rodney Lonneker has been awarded one of New Zealand’s wood industry’s top regional awards. Source: Stuff NZ On Friday, Mr Lonneker collected the Wood Processing Excellence award at the
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NZ Government ignores opportunities to avoid squandering $14billion

New Zealand’s Bioenergy Association says it’s disappointed the Government is not recognising that by investment in bioenergy and other renewable energy opportunities within New Zealand that it can avoid squandering $14billion to overseas countries to meet our climate change obli
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Big South Island NZ forest for sale

A big forest with 1902ha of established trees and a freehold land area of 2411ha, is for sale in Marlborough 79kms southwest of Blenheim, along with significant forestry infrastructure. Source: The New Zealand Herald “This is a rare chance for an astute purchaser to secure a well-mana
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WPMA open letter regarding timber standards

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA) is anxious to assure the New Zealand public that timber retains its excellent reputation as a construction material. Source: Timberbiz In an open letter to Timberbiz, Mr Brian Stanley, chair of WPMA, said that it was the most a
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Adopting wood energy as a climate change opportunity

A government/regional partnership has been working with business to grow new enterprise and transition from lignite to biomass energy to support business resilience in New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz If you are working or have an interest in the wood energy sector at a national, region
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Disease threat to NZ industry

A disease that is devastating trees in Europe and the western United States would be a major threat to New Zealand plantations and ornamental trees, should it ever arrive, according to Forest Owners’ Association biosecurity manager Bill Dyck. Sources: New Zealand Herald, Northla
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Jobs go begging in NZ forestry

A global demand for logs and competition for workers in primary industries have left Northland with an acute shortage of labourers in the forestry sector- a situation that may delay planting and harvesting of trees. Sources: New Zealand Herald, Northern Advocate At least 50 workers to
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Forestlands probe by Serious Fraud Office

The FMA wants to make sure Forestlands has established a proper and fair process for distribution to investors. Source: Stuff NZ The Serious Fraud Office of New Zealand is looking at a group of forestry investment companies that owe investors NZ$18 million. In March, the investorsR
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Renewed possibility of another leaky home crisis in NZ

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is secretly pushing to allow partially untreated framing timber back into the New Zealand Building Code. Source: Voxy The move risks reigniting the Leaky Home Crisis, estimated to have already affected up to 80,000 houses and c
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