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Emissions Trading Scheme revisions for climate change goals 

Forest owners are calling the proposed revisions to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) both timely and necessary they say if New Zealand is to hope to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Source: Timberbiz Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir says the Te Uru Rākau disc
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Xlam joins NZ government to provide employment

New Zealand Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced a partnership between XLam NZ Ltd and the Ministry of Social Development. Source: Timberbiz “The Ministry of Social Development and Xlam will work together to create entry-level manufacturing and construction opp
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OFO maps its future growth in Australia and NZ

OneFortyOne Plantations(OFO) is consolidating its position as a new vertically integrated company, including potentially using bioenergy as it maps future growth in Australia and New Zealand. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The company’s executive general manger – forestry,
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NZ report on trees for steep erosion prone land

A report on alternative plantation forest species is now available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website detailing the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species that are suited to steep erosion prone land and which have root structures that may better resist lan
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Carter Holt Harvey in High Court with Shadowclad

A multi million dollar court action seeking damages from building products giant Carter Holt Harvey has been filed at the Auckland High Court. Sources: Newshub, Stuff NZ It is seeking at least NZ$40 million in damages on behalf of owners of properties constructed with Shadowclad. Shad
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NZ government could help keep Triboard afloat

New Zealand’s Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has suggested state funds could be used to safeguard Kaitaia’s biggest employer. Source: Radio New Zealand The plant in question is run by Juken New Zealand, a subsidiary of Japan’s Juken Nissho. It employs 3
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Historic year for major forestry region

  This year will go down in history as it marks the introduction of the inaugural Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards across Victoria and South Australia. The awards are all about celebrating and rewarding individuals and companies involved in the timber industry for the dedica
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Australian fund buys into NZ forestry

The land beneath about 22,500ha of Otago forestry blocks has been sold to a specialist Australian forestry investment fund for an undisclosed price, and the fund has also bought a 38% stake in Otago’s largest timber producer, Wenita Forest Products. Sources: The Australian, The
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XLam appoints head of business development

In the midst of an investment a growth phase, New Zealand prefabricator XLam is expanding its senior management team with the appointment of John Eastwood as the head of business development for Australia and New Zealand. XLam is Australasia’s only manufacturer of CLT. Sources: Timber
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Good Employer Awards

New Zealand Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has launched the new Good Employer Awards in recognition of outstanding primary industry employers and those that provide services to the primary industries. Source: Timberbiz The new awards are sponsored by the Ministry for Pri
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