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Pine-to-natives project gains financial assistance from Pan Pac

New Zealand’s largest ‘pine to natives’ forest conversion project has been given a NZ$15,000 cash injection by a leading producer of radiata pine products. The initiative by Hawke’s Bay-based Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust (FLRT) is converting the former Maungataniwha Pine Forest
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NZ pushes for extra planting to insure greenhouse gas reductions

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says extra planting is ‘just as well’ given slippage on carbon reduction targets. The foresters’ intentions to plant more trees is an immediate and practical insurance against New Zealand not achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals. Source: Tim
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Invitation to view model building for low carbon construction

In mid-November, construction professionals and property developers will be able to attend site visits to the Clearwater Quays Apartments, a model building for low carbon construction in Christchurch, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz Earlier this year, open days to this mass timber proj
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IFA/AFG transforms into Forestry Australia

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers has changed its name to Forestry Australia. Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the new name better represented the broad scope of forest and land management work undertaken by its members. Source: Timberbiz
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KiwiRail increases Hawkes Bay log train services to daily

Growing demand to get Hawkes Bay logs to port will see KiwiRail increase the frequency of its log trains, so they run every weekday. The Government invested NZ$6.2 million to re-open the weather-damaged Napier to Wairoa rail line, with log trains running on weekends since late 2019. T
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Biofuels conference returns in 2022 to NZ and Australia

For New Zealand and Australia, it’s now been over eight years since the Forest Industry Engineering Association has run a wood residues program aimed specifically at the forest products industry. Residues to Revenues 2022 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 9-10 March 2022.  It will a
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Wenita Forest Products now totally under New Forests management

Two European pension funds, APG Asset Management on behalf of its Dutch pension fund client ABP, and UK’s Pension Protection Fund, have agreed to purchase Sinotrans New Zealand Limited’s shareholding in Wenita Forest Products Limited. Source: Timberbiz Wenita is the largest producer o
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Opinion: Guy Trafford – How is Australia handling its opportunities with forestry

With the interest and concerns over the amount of New Zealand pastoral land going into forestry it prompted me to look over the ‘ditch’ to see if comparable interest was being generated over there. Australia has not progressed their emissions reduction policy to the same degree as New
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Forestry growth good for Tasman council bottom line

Higher-than-expected harvest volumes and solid log prices led to a forestry surplus of NZ$4.1 million excluding distributions for Tasman District Council in 2020-21, driving up the overall activity surplus to NZ$12.5m. Source: Stuff NZ However, council finance group manager Mike Drumm
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Largest vessel ever calls in to New Zealand to load logs

A deal has been finalised that will see the largest vessel to ever call at New Zealand for the loading of logs. The deal is between South Pacific Shipping (SPS) and Oldendorff Carriers and was brokered by Braemar ACM’s Bruce McFarlane. Source: Timberbiz Braemar also negotiated the dea
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