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Coast to Crest with a green corridor

An ambitious “Coast to Crest” series of green corridors to run the length of the Kāpiti Expressway, as well as linking beach ecosystems to the Tararua ranges using the Waikanae and Ōtaki Rivers and smaller waterways in New Zealand, is at the heart of the environment and open spaces vi
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Gene editing to combat wilding pines

A forest industry leader is calling for serious public debate on the advantages of using gene editing to combat wilding pines and in the broader context of fighting climate change through carbon sequestration. Source: Timberbiz New Zealand Forest Owners Association president Peter Wei
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Scion’s new timber innovation hub on the rise

Scion’s new innovation hub in New Zealand is taking shape with the three-storey building rising up as the massive timber components, assembled into diagonal grids, are secured in place. Source: Timberbiz Ready-to-assemble diagrid components arrived on site 26 July 2019. A specialist t
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New Zealand Log Exports Up 12% in 2018-19

New Zealand’s log exports totalled 22.364 million m3 in 2018-19, rising more than 2.4 million m3 (12.0%) to reach the new annual record. Chinese demand continued to drive exports, with shipments to China lifting 18.0% or 2.7 million m3 to 17.929 million m3 for the year. Source: Timber
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Restructuring NZ training is a blow for Competenz

New Zealand industry training organisation (ITO) Competenz has three years to hand over its 20,000 apprentices and trainees and the 3500 New Zealand employers it works alongside to training providers such as the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), the centralised polytechni
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Forestry, fishing and farming have highest work related injuries

New Zealand’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry had the highest rate of work related injury claims in 2018 according to Stats NZ. There were 190 claims per 1000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2018 for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry. Source: Timberb
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Smart technology to work with NZ forestry

Dr Judy Bowen and Associate Professor Annika Hinze, computer scientists at the University of Waikato and Professor Rangi Matamua from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies are devising a technological way to keep forestry workers safer on the job. They are developing methods tha
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EWC forestry award to JNL’s David Rameka

David Rameka from JNL’s Gisborne Mill in New Zealand won an Eastland Wood Council (EWC) Forestry award that recognises an individual who demonstrates excellence across a range of skills within wood processing – skills beyond best practice guidelines Source: Timberbiz To be eligible fo
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Spreading forest certification across the Tasman

The National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia is in New Zealand this week to discuss the standard development and champion the all-important PEFC forest certification message. Mr Dorries and Marketing and Communication Officer Jason Ross will be spending this week traveling throug
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Russia could swamp Australasian markets with high grade timber

Russia is emerging as a major timber exporter that could potentially swamp markets in Australia and New Zealand, a forestry conference has been told. Dennis Nielson, director of NZ-based consultancy DANA, said Russia as a country was overwhelming in its scale, with a forestry industry
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