Australasia's home for timber news and information

The summer solstice starting gun for mast seeding

Emeritus Professor Dave Kelly, from the School of Biological Sciences at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha at the University of Canterbury (UC), is involved in a new discovery regarding mast seeding events (intermittent years of bumper seed production) in European Beech forests that could be
Continue Reading →

Loader operator needed to test new skills training

Driven by mechanisation, traditional career pathways in forestry crews are evolving. As part of New Zealand’s Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) program, ‘Te Mahi Ngahere i te Ao Hurihuri – Forestry Work in the Modern Age’, the Scion Human Factors research group is exploring ways
Continue Reading →

Trees for Survival

Trees for Survival Charitable Trust is calling on New Zealanders to play their part in helping to ‘reforest Aotearoa’ by donating a native tree to their nationwide school program. Source: Timberbiz The charity’s inaugural ‘Donate a Native Tree’ appeal kicks off on 27 May and will run
Continue Reading →

NZ could rely more on biomass

Regular electricity shortages over New Zealand’s colder months could be a thing of the past if New Zealand diversified its heating sources to include biomass as a fuel. Brian Cox, executive officer of Bioenergy Association said New Zealanders were getting too familiar with this messag
Continue Reading →

Scion’s research project promising for short rotation forestry bioenergy

  A two-year research project has shed light on the promising opportunities for regional New Zealand to adopt short rotation forestry (SRF) for bioenergy production. The findings show that leveraging short rotation forestry will not only diversify regional economies, but also con
Continue Reading →

NZ’s ETS settings consultation fails to boost the carbon market

New Zealand’s consultation to update carbon auction price settings for its emissions trading scheme failed to provide certainty to the market, with the government’s option to lower the auction floor denting market confidence and pushing prices down. Source: S&P Global
Continue Reading →

Opinion: Marcus Musson – the funny month of May

May’s a funny month, you’re hanging onto the autumn weather and good times that were had over summer, knowing fully well that winter is around the corner, and it’s going to get cold and ugly. This is usually the case for our industry as log prices generally start heading south in late
Continue Reading →

Demand for pruned logs from NZ is high

International demand for pruned logs from New Zealand is the highest ever seen by a forest manager with 30 years of experience in the sector. Source: RNZ John Turkington owns John Turkington Forestry – a Manawatū company that plants, manages, harvests and markets radiata pine, says he
Continue Reading →

Whakatane Mill upgrades

Upgraded operations are well underway at Whakatane Mill Limited’s paperboard mill on New Zealand’s North Island following the businesses official grand re-opening celebrated in March. Source: Timberbiz The initial months of the year were spent installing new state-of-the-art machinery
Continue Reading →

NZ government cuts funding for Scion

Government spending cuts have forced Scion, the dedicated Crown research institute charged with growing forestry exports, to propose shedding a significant number of scientists. Source: Timberbiz Scion which is headquartered in Rotorua, New Zealand has told staff that 30 jobs or aroun
Continue Reading →