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Winners selected for NZ Wood-Resene awards

Judges have completed selecting winners and highly commended awards from the many entries received for the 2020 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards. The second round of judging took place on 10 December and winners will be announced at a function on 26 March, at the Grand Millennium H
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Timber wholesale falls in NZ

Timber and metal wholesaling fell in the September 2019 quarter, according to Stats NZ. Seasonally adjusted, the basic materials industry sales value fell NZ$182 million (2.8%), largely driven by falls in timber and metal. Source: Timberbiz “The fall in timber wholesaling coincided wi
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New Forests appoints property manager

New Forests has appointed Forest Enterprises Growth Limited as property manager for its New Zealand forestry assets in the Wairarapa and Southland areas. Forest Enterprises, based in Masterton, commenced its role on 1 December 2019. Source: Timberbiz Matt Wakelin, who recently joined
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Coronet Forest harvesting awarded early to curtail wildings

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) announced the contract for the harvest of Coronet Forest, New Zealand which was awarded to Mike Hurring Logging and work began Monday 2 December 2019. Source: Timberbiz Established over several years between 1984 and 1996, Coronet Forest consis
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Hundegger announces new regional manager NZ

Hundegger Australasia has announced the appointment of Benedikt (Ben) Buerschgens to the position of regional manager – New Zealand. The expansion of Hundegger machinery in Australia and New Zealand over the past 18 months, including the frame and truss segment, prefabrication, glulam
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New RDO Australia Group acquires Vanderfield and Vermeer

RDO Equipment has announced the consolidation of its business interests in Australia and the appointment of Julie Whitcombe as CEO of the newly formed RDO Australia Group, as the business acquires 100% ownership of Queensland-based machinery dealer Vanderfield and Vermeer Equipment Ho
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HRH Prince Charles at NZ forestry meeting

NZ Institute of Forestry hosted a meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, on Friday 22 November, which was held near Christchurch and was a small round-table meeting.  Source: Timberbiz The opportunities and challenges facing the forestry sector in New Zea
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NZ faces lower prices for forestry and logging

The forestry and logging industry is facing lower prices for their products, while sheep and beef farmers are getting higher prices for their stock, according to Stats NZ. Prices received for raw materials produced by the forestry and logging industry dropped in the September 2019 qua
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50 Shades of Green aims to restrict forest planting in NZ

Large scale, small scale and Māori foresters have said that the recent 50 Shades of Green march on the New Zealand parliament highlights deliberately created confusion about the true nature and recent scope of forestry expansion. Source: Timberbiz Farm Forestry Association President H
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Scion develops biobased treatment for softwood radiata

Scion has developed a new biobased treatment technology that can give softwood radiata pine durable properties. The treatment increases the performance of radiata pine timber in outdoor uses including decking, cladding, outdoor furniture and exterior joinery. Source: Timberbiz Unlike
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