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China imports – good for New Zealand bad for Russia and US

New Zealand continues to expand its market share in China, supplying 39% of the total import volume in the 3Q 2019, up from 32% five years earlier. Russia and North America suffered the largest declines in the Chinese market share from 2015 to 2019, with Russia’s share falling from 28
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Pacific Pine shuts mill in Putaruru

The sudden announcement of the closure of New Zealand’s Pacific Pine Industries, a timber processing and sawmill in Putaruru, has left its 60+ employees reeling. Staff were called in from their annual leave this week to a meeting where they were informed that the company was entering
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Young NZ forestry intern battling Australian fires

A Canterbury University student could be the youngest New Zealander helping to fight the bush fires raging across Australia. Fergus Simpson, 22, planned to spend his summer in New South Wales on a forestry internship with the Forestry Corporation, but little did he know it would evolv
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NZ battles its own blaze but sends more fire fighters to Australia

In New Zealand 55 Fire and Emergency firefighters plus support staff and Pan Pac and Forest Management New Zealand fire staff are into their ninth day of fighting a blaze at Hawke’s Bay. Despite their own problems the country has sent a further 21 NZ fire fighters to Australia to help
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One Billion Trees distributed $42m in 2019

New Zealand’s One Billion Trees Grants and Partnership Funding continues to support New Zealand’s forestry sector and regions, funding NZ$42.55 million across 42 innovative projects during 2019. Source: Timberbiz Te Uru Rākau’s Acting Deputy Director-General, Sam Keenan, said that 228
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Formal warning issued to New Zealand forestry investor

New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to forestry investor Roger Dickie for breaking the overseas investment rules. OIO Group Manager, Vanessa Horne, says Mr Dickie and his companies specialise in finding land for forestry investors to buy. Source:
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Build with wood to meet NZ Zero Carbon

Over their entire lifecycle, New Zealand buildings are responsible for approximately 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions (Thinkstep, 2018). When you also consider that emissions from the construction sector increased 66% in the decade to 2017 (Stats NZ), it’s evident that th
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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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