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Wood processors working together for energy efficiency

The most efficient use of existing wood resources in regional New Zealand is to cluster wood processors in places with significant forestry resources. There, they can use forestry residues as feedstock for other products or for heat in wood processors or other industries. Sources: Tim
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NZ firefighters deployed to Tasmania

A contingent of New Zealand firefighting personnel is heading overseas, this time to help combat a growing number wildfires in Tasmania. Fires have been burning since late December, mainly in the southwest of the state following a heatwave and period of lightning strikes and high wind
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NZ announces $36m for erosion control

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) has announced funding of almost NZ$36 million through the Hill Country Erosion Fund (HCEF) to enable much-needed erosion control in the regions. The HCEF supports proposals to protect the most vulnerable hill country landscapes, where the main treat
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Napier Port afloat on the back of log exports

New Zealand’s investment banks are clambering to get a slice of the Napier Port IPO action amid a long drought for new equity offers. The port’s owner, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, has invited broking teams to Napier to pitch for the opportunity to float the port, followi
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Planters in demand for billion trees in New Zealand

Pay rates of NZ$400 a day are not enough to attract workers to plant trees, potentially putting a brake on the New Zealand Government’s one billion trees by 2028 campaign. Forest nurseries have doubled plantings to 100 million tree seedings in response to Government incentives,
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Growing colour-full wood in New Zealand

Staining or painting timber is the traditional way to add colour to wooden products, but that colour is only surface deep and any scratching or resurfacing can remove the colour. Now a full thickness colour technology has been developed by Scion that fixes a colourful dye throughout t
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NZ incentives for tree planting include climate change vision

New Zealand has deepened the environmental role of forestry as part of its $NZ480 million, 10-year plan to plant one billion new trees by 2028. The Minister for Forests, Shane Jones, said NZ had now included permanent forests as part of changes to its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sh
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Forestry owners in NZ slugged more for compliance

Owners of forestry blocks more than a hectare in size might soon be up for thousands of dollars in extra costs to harvest their trees. New Zealand’s introduction of new National Environment Standards for plantation forestry has altered how councils monitor forestry-based activities, a
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New publishing system for forestry science journal

The New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science shifted to a new operating model on 1 January 2019. Owned by Scion and operating since 1971, this international peer-reviewed journal is now published via a new website and online editorial system using OJS software, replacing those previous
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Wood processors working together in NZ

The most efficient use of existing wood resources in regional New Zealand is to cluster wood processors in places with significant forestry resources. There, they can use forestry residues as feedstock for other products or for heat in wood processors or other industries. According to
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