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Study shows NZ redwood matches US redwood

Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) has the potential to be a high-value timber crop. Its timber is attractive and its high stability and natural durability make it ideal for outdoor uses. There is strong local and international market for naturally durable timber that does not requi
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Kauri exports swamped by Supreme Court decision

New Zealand’s Supreme Court has ruled it is unlawful to export slabs of kauri as tabletops. For years, the Ministry for Primary Industries has allowed the controversial exports, maintaining they met the definition of finished or manufactured objects set out in the Forests Act. Source:
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Scion’s fire research now accessible

All of Scion’s rural fire research is now in one easy-to-find place with a new website initiated by Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team to make their work more accessible. Source: Timberbiz This new website will aid the rural fire fighting community in New Zealand, as well as their wide
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Farm forestry an act of ‘mild desperation’

A proposal for large scale tree planting on sheep and beef farms is an act of “mild desperation” by government officials looking for ways to achieve its carbon zero goal by 2050, says an industry spokesman. Source: Stuff NZ New Zealand sheep and beef farmers say their indu
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Project to plant nearly 250,000 trees underway

Two projects aiming to plant 247,000 native trees and develop skills and employment, as part of the One Billion Trees program, were announced by New Zealand Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. Source: Timberbiz The Provincial Grow
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Waratah celebrates 45 years in business

Waratah Forestry Equipment is proudly celebrating 45 years of innovation and serving customers in the forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz Established in Tokoroa, New Zealand in 1973, the company transitioned to meet local loggers’ heavy-duty delimbing needs creating a delimber-feller
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Fenglin okay to build factory in Kawerau

China’s Guangxi  has been given a green light to lease land to build and operate a NZ$100 million-plus particle board factory in Kawerau. Source: Newsroom Fenglin last year announced plans to establish a plant in Kawerau by 2020 to produce 600,000 cubic metres of panel board a year an
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Rotorua hosts international forestry experts

Forestry experts from all over the world will arrive in Rotorua to meet with New Zealand’s forestry stakeholders. They will be using an internationally proven process to find pathways forward for several major opportunities and challenges facing forestry in New Zealand. Source: Timber
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XLam prominent at NZ timber awards

XLam projects were on the dais at the 2018 NZ Wood- Resene Timber Design Awards announced recently with the Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre in Nelson winning the Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category. Source: Timberbiz Judges commented on the entire structu
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NZ Minister Jones to address AFPA

New Zealand’s Forestry Minister, Hon Shane Jones will address an Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) meeting in Canberra on 7 November. Source: Timberbiz “This is a coup for Australia’s forest industries,” AFPA CEO Mr Ross Hampton said. “We have secured Minister Jones’ agree
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