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Safety council for NZ forest workers

The New Zealand forest industry has established a safety council to make forests safer places to work. This was a key recommendation of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel that reviewed forest workplace safety in 2014.  Source: Timberbiz The Forest Industry Safety Council wil
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China continues to consume softwood

China continued to dominate global log trade and was setting a new record high in the consumption of imported softwood logs in 2014. Source: Business Wire The seemingly endless increase in demand for wood raw materials from the manufacturers of wood products in China has resulted in y
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Muddy waters blamed on forestry

Marlborough-based Green Party MP Steffan Browning has commented on the state of the Havelock estuary. An article in the Marlborough Express discussed the mud in Havelock Estuary and raised the question of the cause of the increased mud. Was it farming or forestry, or both? Sources: St
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Clever solutions for steep slope logging

Bright ideas for safely logging forests from steep slopes while going easy on the environment are emerging from the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Sources: Stuff NZ, The Marlborough Express Two entries in the 2015 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards are focused on harvest
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Forest owners seek plan for future emissions

Forest owners are asking the government to call an urgent meeting of primary sector leaders and iwi to deal with the country’s greenhouse gas emissions blow-out. Sources: Scoop NZ, Timberbiz They say a lack of new forest planting and a looming harvest “bulge” has to be addressed. “For
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Masfen-backed wood firm with receivers

Pacific T & R, a company backed by Peter Masfen is in the hands of receivers. It was set up in 2012 and is building a timber processing plant in Taupo that extracts resin from waste pine stumps and separates it into other products. Source: The New Zealand Herald But the money ran
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Nelson Forests under fire

Nelson Forests of New Zealand could face a multimillion-dollar insurance bill after a fire that started on its property destroyed vast tracts of farm and forest land in Marlborough. Sources: Stuff, Nelson Mail The amount is still climbing as surrounding property owners in the Onamalut
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Iwi Million Hectares of Planting

New Zealand’s iwi leaders have drawn up an ambitious proposal to plant a million hectares of forest in exchange for Government’s agreement to step up efforts to combat climate change. Source: New Zealand Herald The draft proposal was included in a booklet obtained by the Herald,
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Open door for Kiwi prefab housing

New Zealand’s first factory turning out finished houses has opened in Wellington, aiming to produce up to 500 places annually. Source: The Nortern Star Sean Murrie, Matrix Homes chief executive and director said Finance Minister Bill English opened the 8000 square metre Trentham
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Forestry death inquests in NZ

The family of a Rotorua man killed in a forestry accident found out about his death by text message, an inquest has been told. Source: Radio New Zealand Robert Epapara, 23, died after he was crushed by a tree in the Waione Forest, near Rotorua, in March 2013. His stepfather, Wiremu Ed
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