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OneFortyOne opens doors to forestry for students

OneFortyOne New Zealand offers an annual NZ$4000 grant for the course of each student’s four-year degree program, as well as work experience during semester breaks throughout the year and during the university summer holiday. Scholarships help with the costs of studying towards a fore
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NZ rolls out paper bags in Plastic Free July

New World and Prolife Foods of New Zealand have announced the nationwide rollout of recycled paper bags at Alison’s Pantry departments on the eve of Plastic Free July. The recycled paper bags are made of 70% recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, kerbside recyc
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FSC International flow-on financial effects of COVID-19

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, FSC International has expressed concern regarding the financial risks posed by continuing extended shutdowns across the 90 plus countries using FSC for certification. Source: Timberbiz The financial risks to FSC stem from: The global nature of the
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Forest Owners and Federated Farmers go head to head

The Forest Owners Association New Zealand is startled that the new Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chair is asking the government to restrict the right of farmer members to plant trees or sell their land for forestry. Source: Timberbiz Recently elected Meat and Wool Chair, William Bee
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OneFortyOne NZ is in recovery and looking forward to future proofing

COVID-19 has caused upheaval in many ways for many people. The forestry industry has been no exception. However, the industry is recovering and is well positioned to support regional and national economic resilience in the months and years ahead. Source: Timberbiz OneFortyOne New Zeal
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An extra 4000 tonnes of wood waste recycled

An extra 4000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a NZ$660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund ac
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NZ Minister for Agriculture promotes planting less trees

The Forest Owners Association says New Zealand’s carbon zero goal is seriously in doubt after a statement by the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, that the government would ‘need to step in’ if new forest planting increased to more than 40,000 hectares a year. Source: Timberbi
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NZ’s forest in recession with fewer masts

New Zealand’s forests are having a lull in seeding after last year’s mega mast, which will lead to fewer predators in some areas. Beech and some other forest trees seed every two to six years in what is known as a mast. Source: Timberbiz NZ’s Department of Conservation uses climate mo
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Opinion: Rudolf van Rensburg – should New Zealand export its logs?

New Zealand currently exports around NZD3.5 billion of unprocessed roundwood a year. New innovative wood products combined with environmentally friendly construction can create value-adding alternatives which would more than double the current value of roundwood exports. The export of
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NZ forest legislation bill proceeds without listening to its own trade officials

The New Zealand Environment Select Committee published its final report on Minister Shane Jones’ Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Bill. Despite the Bill’s many flaws – and an unprecedented chorus of disapproval – it has emerged from the Select Committee
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