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Zindia may leave NZ after court battles to harvest timber in Marlborough

A forestry company barred from harvesting is considering leaving Marlborough after ending a court battle. Zindia Limited was stopped from processing its block in the Queen Charlotte Sound after the Marlborough District Council issued a cease-and-desist notice, saying it breached its r
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Opinion: Mike Fox – our Kiwi talent goes to Australia, a loss for the building industry

With all the talk of the much-hoped-for Trans-Tasman bubble and the benefits it would bring to the tourism sector and our economy in general, you’d think it could only be positive. However, when the eventual euphoria of getting easier access to Australia turns into reality, and in par
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Wood splitting for the future of NZ youth at risk

Many hands made light work when a crew from Kennards Hire teamed up with charity partner Springboard for their annual firewood log-splitting day at Snells Beach, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz The combined team of Kennards Hire team members, Springboard staff, young people, volunteers
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Two new Honorary Life Memberships for NZ Plant Producers

New Zealand Plant Producers has announced two new Honorary Life Membership of the Society. Honorary Life Membership is the highest award granted by New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated. Only eight people have been awarded Honorary Life Membership before. Now Carol Fraser and Peter
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Log trains back on track in Wairoa

Log trains are running again on the Wairoa-Napier line in New Zealand. Services were suspended earlier this year as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz “We’re pleased to get the service up and running again,” KiwiRail Chief Opera
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Niagara Sawmilling Company buys Craigpine with job losses expected

The sale of a Southland sawmill in New Zealand has been described as “devastating” for the local community, but the company that has bought it plans to integrate the mill into its own expanding timber operations. Source: Stuff NZ Niagara Sawmilling Company has bought Southland busines
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Climate change in NZ north island to impact forestry productivity

Droughts, fires, floods, farmers facing more pests and diseases, livestock stressed by heatwaves and a tide which keeps creeping up against the coast. This is how experts anticipate climate change will look in Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand over the next 80 years. Sou
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New wood council for West Coast NZ

The New Canterbury West Coast Wood Council is the eighth wood council to be established in New Zealand. It is a combination of forestry, transport, processing, regional councils, contractors, nurseries and Canterbury University School of Forestry. Source: Timberbiz Its 54 members curr
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Scion explores packaging options for China

Scion’s packaging research is exploring new sustainable (renewable or more recyclable) materials for packaging that also meet technical needs such as strength. Part of this work is to ensure these materials comply with the complex world of food contact material regulations. Source: Ti
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Tree-Mek – remote control tree removal

A new technology approach to pruning or removing roadside trees that is much safer and more efficient than traditional methods is being put to use in Northland, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz It’s a remote-controlled tree removal system called Tree-Mek, which combines a knuckle boom c
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