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Training pathways program supported by forest industry

In its latest funding round, Otago Community Trust awarded a NZ$19,611 grant to the Tokomairiro Training Pathways course to assist with the cost of running the Forestry Pathways Program out of Tokomairiro Training Centre. Source: Timberbiz Tokomairiro Training program manager Lynda Al
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New chief executive for Wood Processors & Manufacturers No pic

Stephen Macaulay has been appointed the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s new chief executive, replacing Dr Jon Tanner. Source: Timberbiz Mr Macaulay joins WPMA having been the chief executive of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM), the peak
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NZ mayors spruiking to restrict forestry

New Zealand’s foresters are calling a proposed anti-forestry coalition of local bodies a prejudiced step backwards in time and destructive for their communities both environmentally and economically. Source: Timberbiz The mayors of Tararua and Wairoa have written to fellow mayors thro
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Forest Owners NZ call out EDS on climate change

New Zealand’s forest industry is calling a media statement issued by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) an ill-informed rant against forestry which ignores the threat of climate change. Source: Timberbiz Forest Owners Association President, Phil Taylor, says he would not have exp
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Ikea’s Ingka Group buys 5500ha of New Zealand

Ingka Group, one of 12 different groups of companies that own Swedish furniture and homewares giant Ikea, has bought a 5500ha sheep and beef station in the Catlins for forestry development. Source: Otago Daily News Following recent approval by the Overseas Investment Office, an area o
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Trees that Count on the cards to get more trees in the ground

The team at Trees That Count in New Zealand has found a way to get native trees in the ground during lockdown with a new card game that hones New Zealanders’ knowledge of conservation and te reo Māori at the same time. Source: Timberbiz “This lockdown a lot of parents have been search
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What’s the incentive to plant forests in New Zealand

The forestry industry is beset by supply chain issues, port disruptions, over supply in China, sky-high shipping rates, the Delta disaster … and that’s before you even look at the difficulties of cutting down the trees. Source: Radio New Zealand On top of that the industry gets a bad
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Red Stag partnership with Ministry of Primary Industries to fund timber projects

Design funding is available for qualifying yet-to-be-built wooden buildings as part of a partnership between the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries and Red Stag. Funding of several hundred thousand dollars is potentially available for a select number of projects that quality f
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Opinion: Trevor Best – the impact of stress on forestry workers

Forestry researcher Trevor Best has written a summary of research he was involved in at Canterbury University on the impact of stress on the wellbeing of forestry workers, and how it affects productivity and business profitability. With yesterday 9 September the official R U OK Day th
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Austrian company buys 2018ha NZ farm to convert to forestry

More farmland is set to be converted into forestry in the Waitaki. An Austrian company has been given consent to buy a 2018ha sheep and beef farm at Mount Trotter, near Palmerston, New Zealand. Source: Star News NZ New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office approved the sale of the farm
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