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New modern sawmill if there is enough forest

The South Taranaki town of Waverley in New Zealand could get a big new sawmill if the buyer of its mill can acquire enough forest in the area. Waverley Sawmills was bought by Wade Glass, one of two foundation shareholders in Spectrum Group Ltd. Source: Whanganui Chronicle The company
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All-girl crew for Bay of Plenty forestry

A group of women have found employment together in an unlikely industry as new figures show job advertisements in the Bay of Plenty are soaring. CNI Logging has been working with 18 women as part of a process to choose an 11-strong, all-female team to work in silviculture. Source: New
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Guy Watt wins award for Dedicated Service to Forestry

One of the most respected figures in the modern forestry industry has won Confor’s prestigious annual award for Dedicated Service to Forestry for 2019. Guy Watt, Managing Director of John Clegg Consulting Ltd, has vast experience across the sector and his contribution was descri
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Log ships take away sawmill jobs from New Zealand

Every time a ship leaves New Zealand loaded with raw logs the jobs of 38 sawmill workers for a year go down the tubes, according to industry spokesman Dr Jon Tanner. The chief executive of the Wood Processing and Manufacturing Association (WPMA) has been lobbying Government to improve
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Forestry trainees start on new NZ training program

Twenty young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa in New Zealand are set to start their journey in the forestry industry as trainees on the new Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine Mānuka Plantation Training Program. This is the first part of a two year program funded by the Billion Tree fund through Te U
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New Zealanders keen for joint standards with Australia on certification

Fresh from returning to Australia after meetings in Wellington, Napier, Gisborne and Auckland, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO said he has been ‘blown away’ by the response of New Zealanders towards developing a new Trans-Tasman forestry standard. Responsible Wood is working with
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Round three in fight against Kauri dieback

Further public consultation on a new national plan and options for the best type of agency to protect kauri into the future are being opened, as efforts to deal with kauri dieback disease are stepped up in New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand is coordinating this third and final round
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Tigercat new product support rep for NZ

Tigercat has announced that Warren Nolan has been appointed to the position of product support representative for New Zealand. Based in Papamoa Beach on the North Island, Mr Nolan is joining Tigercat with more than 30 years of experience in the forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz Mr
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Tasman Pine Forests to regrow lost Nelson fire plantations

The forestry company that owns 60% of the plantations lost in the Nelson fire is hopeful it can start regrowing the area this winter. Tasman Pine Forests – owned by Sumitomo Forestry NZ – manages 36,200 hectares of forest in the Nelson Marlborough region. The Pigeon valley
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Enhanced taskforce activated for Nelson Tasman region

The New Zealand Government has announced further support to help clean up significant fire damage in the Nelson Tasman District by activating Enhanced Taskforce Green and making NS $500,000 available. Source: Timberbiz “We’ve activated Enhanced Taskforce Green, making $500,000 availab
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