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Carlsberg comes to Hawke’s Bay

An Austrian aristocrat who recently bought a sheep and beef farm in northern Hawke’s Bay plans to plant the property in radiata pine and name it Carlsberg Forest. Source: Stuff NZ Once the property is planted in radiata pine as planned, that should make it unique as there are no
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Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry is open and entries must be submitted by 1 May 2017 but to enter you must join the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Source: Timberbiz The Award is to recognise the achievements of outstanding young forest professionals and is to e
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NZ missing the mark on CLT

New Zealand is missing a prime opportunity to combine its sustainable timber resources with an innovative manufacturing system to build faster and more efficiently. Source: Urban Developer Lend Lease Australia’s Head of Operational Excellence Daryl Patterson says Cross Laminated Timbe
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Red Stag to be opened by PM

The world’s most advanced sawmill and the first “super-mill” in the Southern Hemisphere is to be opened by Prime Minister Bill English in Rotorua. Source: The New Zealand Herald A “super-mill” is a sawmill that processes more than one million tonnes of lo
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Record highs for NZ log prices

Buoyant New Zealand activity has pushed up local log prices to new record highs. Source: Scoop Media The average price for roundwood logs used in the horticulture sector rose to NZ$92 a tonne in March, up NZ$2 from February’s average price and at the highest level since AgriHQ b
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NZ forestry worth $1.4b

The forestry and logging sector is worth NZ$1.4 billion to GDP, making a substantially larger contribution than either the sheep meat or beef sectors, says a new report released in Rotorua. Sources: The New Zealand Herald, Rotorua Daily Post The report was commissioned by the New Zeal
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Essential oils win Scion wood award

Otago-based ForestPlus Oils has received accolades at the New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for its essential oil distilled from Douglas fir trees. Source: Otago Daily Times The company was the winner of the Scion-sponsored novel application of (wood) fibre category at the
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Kauri disappearing

Lawmakers have called for a ban on the “mining” of an ancient New Zealand timber resource after a government report showed that half of it might have already disappeared. Source: Xinhuanet The report showed that an estimated 30% to 50% of swamp kauri logs – massive l
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Surprising carbon sink in southwest NZ

A recent study of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced a surprise result. Something unexpected may be going on in southwest New Zealand, a recently published study shows. Source: Stuff NZ The area – covering portions of Fiordland, Westland, Otago and Southland – might be absorbing much
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NZ High Court rejects conservation group challenge

A Northland conservation group has failed in a court challenge over the regulation of swamp kauri exports. Source: Radio NZ The High Court rejected arguments by the Northland Environmental Protection Society (NEPS) that the Ministry for Primary Industries failed to apply the Forests A
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