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TRENDZ in NZ is to plant trees

Delegates at New Zealand TRENZ 2019 are leaving a legacy of more than 600 native trees to benefit the New Zealand environment, as the result of a partnership with Trees That Count. A tree is being planted in each delegate’s name to commemorate their attendance at New Zealand’s biggest
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New agreement between NZ and China benefits forestry

An arrangement signed by New Zealand and China paves the way for future forestry cooperation and boosting bilateral trade, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. The arrangement was signed in Wellington by Shane Jones and Mr Zhang Jianlong, the Administrator of China’s National Forestry
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Swamp kauri find at Auckland construction site

More than 20 pieces of one of the world’s most expensive timber, swamp kauri, have been unearthed at an Auckland construction site. Construction workers at the site of what will be New Zealand’s largest retail store in Henderson, West Auckland, made the discovery of a R
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First AS/NZS Standards Committee meeting in May

An historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard is a step closer with the Gold Coast in Queensland set to host the first standards committee meeting from 16-17 May 2019. In response to unprecedented interest from New Zealand stakeholders, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO, confirmed that
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XLam to exit New Zealand

After months of deliberation and consultation, cross laminated timber company XLam has confirmed fears it would close its New Zealand operations at Nelson. A statement from the company said the operations are no longer considered commercially sustainable and that “a new business model
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NZ investment to train heavy machinery operators

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) in New Zealand will invest up to NZ$4.3 million to help establish a state-of-the-art heavy machinery operator training centre in Northland to address skills shortages and grow jobs. Source: Timberbiz “The talent pool of experienced people working as he
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NZ Outlook for Primary Industries report released

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries has published its report Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (March 2019). Within the report, it states that forestry revenue is forecast to reach NZ$6.8 billion for the year ending June 2019, an increase of 7.0% from 2018, base
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Scion nursery upgrade to high tech facility

Forestry in New Zealand can trace its beginnings back to the tree nurseries of Whakarewarewa (near Rotorua) established in the late 1800s. In the years that followed, the nursery was home to the first experiments of New Zealand’s young forestry industry. That work went on to set the N
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Air NZ to build huge new wooden hangar for its planes

‘Hangar 4’ will be large enough to house a wide body aircraft such as the airline’s 777-300 or 787-9 Dreamliner, and two narrow body aircraft such as the A320 or A321neo, at the same time. The 10,000 square metre timber framed hangar will be located on the airline
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Call for NZ foresters to vote on levy order

The chair of the Forest Growers Levy Trust in New Zealand, Geoff Thompson, says a positive vote in the current levy referendum is vital to maintain the support of government funding for the industry. Forest owners are currently voting whether to renew the Commodity Levies Act Order wh
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